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C09069v2 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Bachelor of Arts in International Studies Diploma in Professional Engineering Practice

Award(s): Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in (name of Engineering major) Diploma in Professional Engineering Practice (BE(Hons) DipProfEngPrac)
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (BA)

CRICOS code: 084090J
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 288
Course EFTSL: 6
Location: City campus


Direct admission to this course via the Universities Admissions Centre is not available. Students currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (C09068) may apply via Internal Course Transfer.

A minor change to the engineering component of this course is planned for implementation in 2020. Further information will be available in September 2019.

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Assumed knowledge
Recognition of prior learning
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Levels of award
Transfer between UTS courses
Professional recognition
Other information


This combined degree, offered jointly by UTS: Engineering and UTS: International Studies, links the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Diploma in Professional Engineering Practice (C09067) with the study of a language and culture other than English and the opportunity for students to study overseas for an academic year, pursuing a major research project in a field of their choice.

The course allows students to complete the three qualifications of Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Diploma in Professional Engineering Practice and Bachelor of Arts in International Studies in six years of full-time study. On completion, students receive separate testamurs for each award.

Course aims

The purpose of the program is to develop skills for leadership in the professional practice of engineering while at the same time providing an opportunity to acquire knowledge and understanding of another language and culture, intercultural awareness and engagement, resilience and adaptability, and stronger communication skills. It reflects a belief in the international character of engineering, and the conviction that Australian professionals can benefit from the early development of an international perspective and a fluency in cross-cultural interactions.

Career options

Career options depend on the major chosen. Options are enhanced by international experience, making students more marketable to prospective employers.

Course intended learning outcomes

A.0 Engineering and IT take place within the larger context of society and the environment, which encompasses social, economic and sustainability needs
A.1 Identify, interpret and analyse stakeholder needs
A.2 Establish priorities and goals
A.3 Identify constraints, uncertainties and risk of the system (social, cultural, legislative, environmental, business etc.)
A.4 Apply principles of sustainability to create viable systems
A.5 Apply systems thinking to understand complex system behaviour, including interactions between components and with other systems (social, cultural, legislative, environmental, business etc.)
B.0 Engineering and IT practice focuses on problem-solving and design where artifacts are conceived, created, used, modified, maintained and retired
B.1 Identify and apply relevant problem-solving methodologies
B.2 Design components, systems and/ or processes to meet required specification
B.3 Synthesise alternative/innovative solutions, concepts and procedures
B.4 Apply decision-making methodologies to evaluate solutions for efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability
B.5 Implement and test solution
B.6 Demonstrate research skills
C.0 Abstraction, modelling, simulation and visualisation inform decision-making, and are underpinned by mathematics, as well as basic and discipline sciences.
C.1 Apply abstraction, mathematics and/or discipline fundamentals to analysis, design and operation
C.2 Develop models using appropriate tools such as computer software, laboratory equipment and other devices
C.3 Evaluate model applicability, accuracy and limitations
D.0 Graduates must have capabilities for self-organisation, self-review, personal development and lifelong learning.
D.1 Manage own time and processes effectively by prioritising competing demands to achieve personal goals (Manage self)
D.2 Reflect on personal and professional experiences to engage in independent development beyond formal education for lifelong learning
E.0 Engineering and IT practice involves the coordination of a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary activities to arrive at problem and design solutions
E.1 Communicate effectively in ways appropriate to the discipline, audience and purpose
E.2 Work as an effective member or leader of diverse teams within a multilevel, multidisciplinary and multicultural setting
E.3 Identify and apply relevant project management mothodologies
F.0 Graduates must possess skills, knowledge and behaviours to operate effectively in culturally diverse workplaces and a changing global environment
F.1 Be able to conduct critical self-review and performance evaluation against appropriate criteria as a primary means of tracking personal development needs and achievements
F.2 Appreciate ethical implications of professional practice
F.3 Understand cross-cultural issues (regions or workplaces)
F.4 Be aware of global perspectives (needs, rules/regulations and specifications)
INT.1.1 Graduates will have the capacity to operate appropriately in intercultural professional contexts
INT.1.2 Graduates will demonstrate the application of international knowledge as adaptable, flexible and resourceful practitioners
INT.1.3 Graduates will have a broad and coherent understanding of the historical, political, cultural, social and economic situations in other countries
INT.2.1 Graduates will be able to creatively design and conduct independent, engaged and ethical research in and about other cultural contexts and societies
INT.2.2 Graduates will possess critical problem-solving and research-led analytical skills in international and intercultural change
INT.3.1 Graduates will be able to personally reflect upon the relationship between diverse cultures in Australia while confidently engaging successfully with cultures overseas, particularly in this region
INT.4.1 Graduates will have the capacity to reflect upon and contextualise Indigenous peoples' experiences and circumstances to professional and social situations as and when appropriate
INT.5.1 As informed and engaged international citizens, graduates will demonstrate cosmopolitan openness, with an awareness of, and commitment to, ethical practices
INT.6.1 Graduates will possess a high level of oral and written communication skills in English and, where relevant, a developed level of oral and written communication skills in at least one language other than English


INT = International Studies course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

There is a range of entry levels to the various language and culture programs. Students are admitted to the international studies program with no guarantee of entry to a specific major, although every effort is made to meet students' preferences.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Assumed knowledge

HSC Mathematics Extension 1; Physics; and English (Standard). There are no prior language requirements for the international studies program.

English (Advanced) is recommended. For the civil engineering majors, Chemistry is recommended. For the software engineering major, a sound knowledge of the fundamentals of programming is recommended.

Recognition of prior learning

Students who have previously undertaken relevant study at a recognised tertiary education institution may be eligible for recognition of prior learning (RPL) if the subjects completed are deemed by the faculty to be equivalent to subjects in the course. Study completed more than 10 years prior to the date of admission cannot be recognised. Limits apply to the number of credit points of RPL granted.

Course duration and attendance

The course duration is normally six years of full-time study, although it may be possible to complete the degree in less time than this.

The program involves four years of academic work in Australia, one year of academic work overseas and two periods of professional engineering internship. The periods of engineering internship can be taken in Australia, or one in Australia and one overseas.

Course structure

Students are required to complete 288 credit points, comprising 192 credit points in engineering and 96 credit points in international studies. The engineering component consists of core (42 credit points), major (field of practice) (102 credit points) and the professional engineering practice program (48 credit points). The international studies component consists of foundation studies and contemporary society (16 credit points), language and culture (32 credit points) and in-country study (48 credit points).

The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies is completed over a minimum of three years and is not offered as a separate degree; it is completed only in combination with the professional degree program.

Overseas study

Students spend their fourth year of study at a university overseas.

Industrial training/professional practice

Students undertake a minimum of 48 weeks of professional engineering internship. Some students choose to take their first period of engineering internship overseas, during their second or third year of enrolment. Most take this first period in Australia. This course is also available without the Diploma in Professional Engineering Practice. For details, refer to the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (C09068).

Course completion requirements

CBK90005 Country major choice 96cp
STM90107 Core subjects (Engineering) 42cp
STM90993 Professional Engineering Practice Program subjects 48cp
CBK90174 Major choice (Engineering) 102cp
Total 288cp

Course program

The sample program below shows a suggested sequence of subjects for an electrical engineering/Germany major for a full-time student commencing the course in Autumn session. Students in other majors follow a similar sequence. The program is intended as a guide only and does not take into account such factors as recognition of prior learning, changes in attendance mode and subject availability, or satisfactory academic progress. Students should consult the Timetable Planner to confirm the availability of subjects in the current academic year.

List of majors
MAJ03013 Civil Engineering   102cp
MAJ03516 Data Engineering   102cp
MAJ03017 Electrical Engineering   102cp
MAJ03019 Mechanical Engineering   102cp
MAJ03506 Mechatronic Engineering   102cp
CBK90053 No specified major (Engineering)   102cp
MAJ03526 Electronic Engineering   102cp
MAJ03521 Software Engineering   102cp
Electrical Engineering major, Germany major
Year 1
Autumn session
33130 Mathematical Modelling 1   6cp
48230 Engineering Communication   6cp
68037 Physical Modelling   6cp
48510 Introduction to Electrical and Electronic Engineering   6cp
Spring session
33230 Mathematical Modelling 2   6cp
48441 Introductory Digital Systems   6cp
48521 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering   6cp
48520 Electronics and Circuits   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
976001 Foundations in International Studies   8cp
41035 Engineering Practice Preparation 1   3cp
97601 German Language and Culture 1   8cp
48530 Circuit Analysis   6cp
Spring session
41036 Engineering Professional Experience 1   6cp
41037 Work Integrated Learning 1   12cp
97602 German Language and Culture 2   8cp
Year 3
Autumn session
97603 German Language and Culture 3   8cp
41038 Engineering Practice Reflection 1   3cp
48430 Fundamentals of C Programming   6cp
48531 Electromechanical Automation   6cp
Spring session
68038 Advanced Mathematics and Physics   6cp
48240 Design and Innovation Fundamentals   6cp
97604 German Language and Culture 4   8cp
976421 Contemporary Germany   8cp
Year 4
Autumn session
977420 In-country Study 1: Germany   24cp
Spring session
978420 In-country Study 2: Germany   24cp
Year 5
Autumn session
48260 Engineering Project Management   6cp
41045 Engineering Practice Preparation 2   3cp
48250 Engineering Economics and Finance   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
48560 Introductory Control 6cp  
48570 Data Acquisition and Distribution 6cp  
48451 Advanced Digital Systems 6cp  
48571 Electrical Machines 6cp  
48572 Power Circuit Theory 6cp  
Spring session
41046 Engineering Professional Experience 2   6cp
41047 Work Integrated Learning 2   12cp
Year 6
Autumn session
41048 Engineering Practice Reflection 2   3cp
48540 Signals and Systems   6cp
41029 Engineering Research Preparation   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
48580 Advanced Control 6cp  
48434 Embedded Software 6cp  
48561 Power Electronics and Drives 6cp  
48582 Power Systems Analysis and Design 6cp  
Spring session
41030 Engineering Capstone   6cp
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
49274 Advanced Robotics 6cp  
48450 Real-time Operating Systems 6cp  
48550 Renewable Energy Systems 6cp  
48583 Power Systems Operation and Protection 6cp  

Levels of award

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) may be awarded with first or second class honours, which does not require an additional honours year.

Transfer between UTS courses

Students in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (C09066) or Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Diploma in Professional Engineering Practice (C09067) may transfer to this course after completing the first year (full-time equivalent) of their current course, subject to achieving a minimum weighted average mark of 65.

Students in this combined degree may transfer to the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Diploma in Professional Engineering Practice (C09067). International students may transfer to the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (C09066).

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is accredited by Engineers Australia at the Graduate Professional Engineer level. The degree is recognised internationally by signatories to the Washington Accord.

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887) or +61 2 9514 1222