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Duration

2 year/s full-time
4 year/s part-time
2 year/s full-time

Intake

Semester 1, Semester 2
On campus - Semester 1, Semester 2
Online - No

Locations

Casuarina campus, Online
Casuarina campus

Credit points required

160

Course code

XENG01
SATAC/UAC codes
MyNextCourse

Overview

The Associate Degree of Engineering will provide a sound basis of fundamental engineering concepts, followed by the application of civil and structural, electrical and electronics or mechanical engineering theory and practice.

The course will help you to develop skills for solving common engineering problems as well as prepare you for further study of more advanced engineering concepts in the Bachelor of Engineering Science and Bachelor of Engineering Honours.

As an engineering associate in:

  • civil and structural engineering, you will contribute to the design, operation and maintenance of structures and systems for the modern world. Key areas include water resources, roads and traffic, bridges and marine structures.
  • electrical and electronics engineering, you will assist with the design, automation and control of devices which make modern life convenient. You are involved in electronics, telecommunications, biomedical applications and power generation, storage and distribution, including renewable energy.
  • mechanical engineering, you contribute to the design and construction of devices which improve transportation and provide more affordable manufacturing and production solutions. Key areas include mechatronics, robotics, biomechanical applications, aeroplanes, cars, pumps and pipelines.

In addition to specific engineering knowledge, essential engineering skills including innovation, creativity and teamwork are developed.

This course was developed in consultation with and is supported by industry leaders. It provides a sound foundation of engineering knowledge which can lead to further engineering study or to employment as an engineering associate.

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Pathways

Pathways for VET to Higher Education

Guaranteed credit transfer arrangements are available to students commencing a bachelor degree at Charles Darwin University with completed Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree qualifications in the same field or discipline. Students who hold completed qualifications should refer to the additional information provided about Advanced Standing and Credit Transfer and Pathways using the links below:

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

Further information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study is AUD $33,480.00. This equates to $4,185.00 per 10 credit point unit (0.125 EFTSL).
These fees are subject to increases annually, effective at the start of each calendar year.

You can find a list of International fees and payments you can expect to pay as part of your studies in Australia.

CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

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Why study engineering at CDU?

Our internationally-accredited Engineering degree is for problem solvers like you. Think creatively to find solutions to real-world challenges, from uniquely Top End issues like cyclones to systems and designs with wider impact like renewable energy, transport, building construction, electronics, and more.

  • Top 5 in Australia for eningeering and technology starting salary and employment outcomes (GUG 2023)
  • Study online or on campus, full-time or part-time
  • Take part in projects and graduate with real work experience
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Why study an undergraduate course at CDU?

"Study an undergraduate course at Charles Darwin University to turn your passion into a career. Choose from hundreds of certificates, diplomas and degrees and enjoy a flexible, supportive learning environment. Whatever you're interested in, there's a place for you at CDU.

  • Top 100 university globally for quality education (THE Impact Rankings 2021)
  • #4 Australian university for undergraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2023)"

What will I study?

The two-year course consists of 16 coursework units.

Course structure

The first year of study introduces foundation engineering skills common to all areas of engineering. In the second year, students follow a study path specifically developed for their stream of engineering.

This course is available externally by distance learning if you are not able to attend classes on campus on a regular basis. Access to the internet is required for distance learning, with access to high speed broadband highly recommended.


A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 160 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type

Credit Points

Specific requirements
Common Units
(2 units)

20cp

Common units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below.

CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology

Select Common Units to find out more about individual units and advanced standing options.

Core Units
(7 units)

70cp

Compulsory Core units totalling 70 credit points as detailed below.

ENG151 Statics
ENG175 Internet of Things (replaces ENG174 from 2021)
PMO201 Project Management
SMA101 Mathematics 1A
SMA102 Mathematics 1B
SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics
SPH141 Concepts of Physics

Students enrolled prior to 2021 should refer to the transition arrangement provided below.

Specialist Elective
(5 units)

50cp

Units totalling 50 credit points selected from one of the specialist streams.

Civil and Structural Engineering
ENG212 Mechanics of Solids
ENG215 Surveying and Construction
ENG247 Fluid and Thermodynamics
ENG267 Hydraulics and Soil Mechanics
ENG364 Materials Engineering

Electrical and Electronics Engineering
ENG221 Analogue Electronics
ENG223 Electrical Circuit Analysis
ENG224 Electrical Machines and Power Systems
HIT235 Digital Systems and Computer Architecture
HIT365 C Programming

Mechanical Engineering
ENG212 Mechanics of Solids
ENG238 Advanced Manufacturing (replaces ENG235 from 2023)
ENG247 Fluid and Thermodynamics
ENG252 Dynamics
ENG364 Materials Engineering

Electives
(2 units)

20cp

Select units totalling 20 credit points may be selected from undergraduate units offered by the University.

Some suggested electives are listed below however students may select other undergraduate units if desired.

ECO107 Economics and the Modern Business Enterprise (replaces ECO105 from S2 2020)
ENV103 Environmental Issues
HIT137 Software Now
HIT164 Computing Fundamentals
LAW105 Introduction to Business law
MAN105 Introduction to Management
SCH104 Introductory Chemistry A

 

160

Total Credit Points

Students who commence in or after 2013
No more than 10 credit points shall be counted with a grade of "PC" in an Associate Degree or Advanced Diploma AQF Level 6 course award.

Of the total 160 credit points: (unless specified in the specific course structure above)
* a minimum of 60 credit points must be taken from 200 level units

Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Course Changes and Transitional Arrangements from 2021

Students who commenced the Associate Degree of Engineering prior to 2021 will note there have been some changes. 

Core units have increased from 50 credit points to 70 credit points
Specialisation units have decreased from 60 credit points to 50 credit points
Elective unit requirements have decreased from 30 credit points to 20 credit points

Core Unit Changes

The following unit has been replaced as a core unit:
ENG174 Electrical Engineering

The following units have been added as core units:
ENG175 Internet of Things
SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics
SPH141 Concepts of Physics

Specialisation Changes
Civil and Structural Engineering - ENG358 has been removed
Electrical and Electronics Engineering - ENG227 (recoded to ENG377) has been removed
Mechanical Engineering - ENG338 has been removed

Course Changes and Transitional Arrangements from 2020

 

Course Structure: Core units have been reduced from 60 credit points to 50 credit points and Elective units increased from 20 credit points to 30 credit points.

 

Specialisation: The Chemical Engineering specialisation is no longer be available for entry from 2020. Students who have commenced Chemical Engineering prior to 2020 should liaise with the course coordinator to ensure they are able to complete.

Chemical Engineering (no longer available for entry from 2020)
SCH101 Chemical Concepts
SCH102 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry
ENG246 Process Analysis
ENG247 Fluid and Thermodynamics
ENG248 Unit Operations
ENG341 Separation Process Principles

Unit discontinuation: ENG142 Concepts of Chemical Engineering has been discontinued from 2020 and removed as a required core unit. Students who have already completed ENG142 will be able to count this unit as an elective.

Course Changes and Transitional Arrangements - 2016

Students who have not completed ENG154 should complete either ENG227 or ENG248 or ENG338 or ENG368 as the appropriate specialist elective for their chosen stream.
Students who have completed ENG154 should not complete any of the units above. 

Discontinued Units from 2016: 
ENG154 Engineering Foundations

 

Study plan


Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time and part time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:
♦    ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
♦    maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
♦    check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the subject area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.

Legend:CU = Common UnitCO = Core UnitSE = Specialist ElectiveE = Elective

Civil and Structural Engineering Full-time Study Plan

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating TechnologyCUCUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability or ElectiveCU/E
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability or ElectiveCU/EENG151 StaticsCO
SMA104 Concepts of MathematicsCOENG175 Internet of ThingsCO
SPH141 Concepts of PhysicsCOSMA101 Mathematics 1ACO
Year 2
ENG215 Surveying and ConstructionSEENG212 Mechanics of SolidsSE
ENG247 Fluid and ThermodynamicsSEENG267 Hydraulics and Soil MechanicsSE
ENG364 Materials EngineeringSEPMO201 Project ManagementCO
SMA102 Mathematics 1BCOElectiveE

Civil and Structural Engineering Part-time Study Plan

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating TechnologyCUCUC107 Cultural Intelligence and CapabilityCU
SMA104 Concepts of MathematicsCOSPH141 Concepts of PhysicsCO
Year 2
ENG151 StaticsCOENG175 Internet of ThingsCO
SMA101 Mathematics 1ACOSMA102 Mathematics 1BCO
Year 3
ENG215 Surveying and ConstructionSEENG212 Mechanics of SolidsSE
ENG364 Materials EngineeringSEENG267 Hydraulics and Soil MechanicsSE
Year 4
ENG247 Fluid and ThermodynamicsSEPMO201 Project ManagementCO
ElectiveEElectiveE

Electrical and Electronics Engineering Full-time Study Plan

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating TechnologyCUCUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability or ElectiveCU/E
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability or ElectiveCU/EENG151 StaticsCO
SMA104 Concepts of MathematicsCOENG175 Internet of ThingsCO
SPH141 Concepts of PhysicsCOSMA101 Mathematics 1ACO
Year 2
ENG223 Electrical Circuit AnalysisSEENG221 Analogue ElectronicsSE
HIT235 Digital Systems and Computer ArchitectureSEENG224 Electrical Machines and Power SystemsSE
HIT365 C ProgrammingSEPMO201 Project ManagementCO
SMA102 Mathematics 1BCOElectiveE

Electrical and Electronics Engineering Part-time Study Plan

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating TechnologyCUCUC107 Cultural Intelligence and CapabilityCU
SMA104 Concepts of MathematicsCOSPH141 Concepts of PhysicsCO
Year 2
ENG151 StaticsCOENG175 Internet of ThingsCO
SMA101 Mathematics 1ACOSMA102 Mathematics 1BCO
Year 3
ENG223 Electrical Circuit AnalysisSEENG221 Analogue ElectronicsSE
HIT235 Digital Systems and Computer ArchitectureSEPMO201 Project ManagementCO
Year 4
HIT365 C ProgrammingSEENG224 Electrical Machines and Power SystemsSE
ElectiveEElectiveE

Mechanical Engineering Full-time Study Plan

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating TechnologyCUCUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability or ElectiveCU/E
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability or ElectiveCU/EENG151 StaticsCO
SMA104 Concepts of MathematicsCOENG175 Internet of ThingsCO
SPH141 Concepts of PhysicsCOSMA101 Mathematics 1ACO
Year 2
ENG238 Advanced Manufacturing (replaces ENG235 from 2023)SEENG212 Mechanics of SolidsSE
ENG247 Fluid and ThermodynamicsSEENG252 DynamicsSE
ENG364 Materials EngineeringSEPMO201 Project ManagementCO
SMA102 Mathematics 1BCOElectiveE

Mechanical Engineering Part-time Study Plan

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating TechnologyCUCUC107 Cultural Intelligence and CapabilityCU
SMA104 Concepts of MathematicsCOSPH141 Concepts of PhysicsCO
Year 2
ENG151 StaticsCOENG175 Internet of ThingsCO
SMA101 Mathematics 1ACOSMA102 Mathematics 1BCO
Year 3
ENG238 Advanced Manufacturing (replaces ENG235 from 2023)SEENG212 Mechanics of SolidsSE
ENG364 Materials EngineeringSEENG252 DynamicsSE
Year 4
ENG247 Fluid and ThermodynamicsSEPMO201 Project ManagementCO
ElectiveEElectiveE

Students commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard full time and part time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:
♦    ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
♦    maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
♦    check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the subject area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.

Legend:CU = Common UnitCO = Core UnitSE = Specialist ElectiveE = Elective

Civil and Structural Engineering Full-time Study Plan

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating TechnologyCU
  ENG175 Internet of ThingsCO
  SMA104 Concepts of MathematicsCO
  SPH141 Concepts of PhysicsCO
Year 2
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and CapabilityCUENG212 Mechanics of SolidsSE
ENG151 StaticsCOENG267 Hydraulics and Soil MechanicsSE
SMA101 Mathematics 1ACOPMO201 Project ManagementCO
ElectiveESMA102 Mathematics 1BCO
Year 3
ENG215 Surveying and ConstructionSE  
ENG247 Fluid and ThermodynamicsSE  
ENG364 Materials EngineeringSE  
ElectiveE  

Civil and Structural Engineering Part-time Study Plan

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  SMA104 Concepts of MathematicsCO
  SPH141 Concepts of PhysicsCO
Year 2
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating TechnologyCUENG175 Internet of Thing
s
CO
SMA101 Mathematics 1ACOSMA102 Mathematics 1BCO
Year 3
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and CapabilityCUPMO201 Project ManagementCO
ENG151 StaticsCOElectiveE
Year 4
ENG364 Materials EngineeringSEENG212 Mechanics of SolidsSE
ENG215 Surveying and ConstructionSEENG267 Hydraulics and Soil MechanicsSE
Year 5
ENG247 Fluid and ThermodynamicsSE  
ElectiveE  

Electrical and Electronics Engineering Full-time Study Plan

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating TechnologyCU
  ENG175 Internet of ThingsCO
  SMA104 Concepts of MathematicsCO
  SPH141 Concepts of PhysicsCO
Year 2
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and CapabilityCUENG221 Analogue ElectronicsSE
ENG151 StaticsCOENG224 Electrical Machines and Power SystemsSE
HIT235 Digital Systems and Computer ArchitectureSEPMO201 Project ManagementCO
SMA101 Mathematics 1ACOSMA102 Mathematics 1BCO
Year 3
ENG223 Electrical Circuit AnalysisSE  
HIT365 C ProgrammingSE  
ElectiveE  
ElectiveE  

Electrical and Electronics Engineering Part-time Study Plan

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  SMA104 Concepts of MathematicsCO
  SPH141 Concepts of PhysicsCO
Year 2
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating TechnologyCUENG175 Internet of ThingsCO
SMA101 Mathematics 1ACOSMA102 Mathematics 1BCO
Year 3
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and CapabilityCUPMO201 Project ManagementCO
ENG151 StaticsCOElectiveE
Year 4
ENG223 Electrical Circuit AnalysisSEENG221 Analogue ElectronicsSE
HIT235 Digital Systems and Computer ArchitectureSEENG224 Electrical Machines and Power SystemsSE
Year 5
HIT365 C ProgrammingSE  
ElectiveE  

Mechanical Engineering Full-time Study Plan

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating TechnologyCU
  ENG175 Internet of ThingsCO
  SMA104 Concepts of MathematicsCO
  SPH141 Concepts of PhysicsCO
Year 2
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and CapabilityCUENG212 Mechanics of SolidsSE
ENG151 StaticsCOENG252 DynamicsSE
SMA101 Mathematics 1ACOPMO201 Project ManagementCO
ElectiveESMA102 Mathematics 1BCO
Year 3
ENG238 Advanced Manufacturing (replaces ENG235 from 2023)SE  
ENG247 Fluid and ThermodynamicsSE  
ENG364 Materials EngineeringSE  
ElectiveE  

Mechanical Engineering Part-time Study Plan

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  SMA104 Concepts of MathematicsCO
  SPH141 Concepts of PhysicsCO
Year 2
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating TechnologyCUENG175 Internet of ThingsCO
SMA101 Mathematics 1ACOSMA102 Mathematics 1BCO
Year 3
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and CapabilityCUPMO201 Project ManagementCO
ENG151 StaticsCOENG252 DynamicsSE
Year 4
ENG238 Advanced Manufacturing (replaces ENG235 from 2023)SEENG212 Mechanics of SolidsSE
ENG364 Materials EngineeringSEElectiveE
Year 5
ENG247 Fluid and ThermodynamicsSE  
ElectiveE  

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*.
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate III level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 140.
  • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.
  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.
  • Defence members with service of 1 year or more at the following ranks (or higher) meet the academic entry requirement for this course:
    ~Air Force: Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman, Corporal, Leading Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman
    ~Army: Corporal, Lance Corporal, Private
    ~Navy: Able Seaman, Leading Seaman, Seaman

* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic ModuleA minimum overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)A minimum overall score of 169, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English ProficiencyA minimum overall grade of B2.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA minimum overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)A minimum overall score of 60 and a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

ATAR profile

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Assumed knowledge

Stage 1 Mathematical Methods or equivalent.

The people-first approach to flexibility and supportive learning environment at CDU meant I could find a balance with study, work and family life.

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Course details

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Inherent Requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course. Students must read and understand the requirements for this course.

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 6.

Student profile

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Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Yes
Award
Associate Degree of Engineering
Faculty/College
College of Engineering, IT and Environment
Sector
HE
Area of study
Engineering

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email:student.central@cdu.edu.auPhone:(08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS.

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.

MyNextCourse

Direct applications are available to students who have completed a CDU or BIITE course at a Certificate III level or higher. Most CDU and BIITE enabling programs are also accepted through this process.

International applications

Applications must be submitted online through our application portal, Studylink. You'll need a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started your application, you will be able to save it and resume it later. There is no application fee when you apply online.

You may be able to lodge a direct application; however, there may be restrictions on your geographic location. If you cannot submit a direct application via the application portal, please apply through one of our registered agents.

Apply through StudyLink or through an Agent.

International applicants currently studying year 12 in Australia should apply via SATAC or UAC.

If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.

SATAC/UAC codes

Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus
Civil and Structural (CSP)
115171
592060
Electrical and Electronics (CSP)
115181
592070
Mechanical (CSP)
115191
592080
Online
Civil and Structural (CSP)
115171
592060
Electrical and Electronics (CSP)
115181
592070
Mechanical (CSP)
115191
592080
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

CRICOS codes

Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina campus
Civil and Structural
080419K
Electrical and Electronics
080419K
Mechanical
080419K

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