University of Technology Sydney

C09076v5 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation

Award(s): Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in (name of Engineering major) (BE(Hons))
Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation (BCIInn)

UAC code: 609560 (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 084097B
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 270
Course EFTSL: 5.625
Location: City campus

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


This course is a comprehensive preparation for careers in the professional practice of engineering. Students learn to deal with complex systems and manage large-scale projects using the most appropriate emerging technologies.

Taking a transdisciplinary approach, Creative Intelligence and Innovation utilises multiple perspectives from diverse fields, integrating a range of industry experiences, real-world projects and self-initiated proposals, equipping graduates to address the wicked problems, complex challenges and untapped opportunities in today's world.

This course adopts a practice-based approach to engineering education and the course content is a mix of theory and practice. As well as gaining strong technical skills in engineering, students gain skills in business analysis, problem-solving, teamwork and communication. Employers look for graduates with industry experience and, in this course, students are exposed to real engineering problems in their coursework as well as completing 12 weeks' work experience. Interaction between work experience and academic curriculum is very strong.

By focusing on the high-level conceptual thinking and problem-solving practices that lead to the development of innovative, creative and entrepreneurial outcomes, students of the combined degree also gain leading edge capabilities that are highly valued in the globalised world, including dealing with critical and creative thinking, invention, complexity, innovation, future scenario building and entrepreneurship, and the ability to work on their own across disciplines. These creative intelligence competencies enable graduates to navigate in a rapidly changing world.

Course aims

The course aims to equip graduates with the skills and attributes needed for professional practice and leadership. It is based on the themes of academic development, personal development and professional formation. It provides sound foundations in engineering theory, technical expertise and knowledge of professional practice, while also developing academic literacy, advocacy skills and social awareness so that graduates become lifelong learners and effective citizens in many different capacities. The concept has been strongly endorsed in wide-ranging industry consultations.

Career options

Career options depend on the major chosen.

By being creative thinkers, initiators of new ideas, scenario planners, global strategists, open network designers or sustainable futures innovators within their chosen field of study, graduates maximise the potential of their chosen profession, making them highly sought after graduates with the ability to identify and develop solutions to some of the most complex issues that face their disciplines and society.

Innovation and Transdisciplinary program

Transdisciplinarity and Innovation at UTS

All UTS students have the opportunity to develop distinctive capabilities around transdisciplinary thinking and innovation through the TD School. Transdisciplinary education at UTS brings together great minds from different disciplines to explore ideas that improve the way we live and work in the world. These offerings are unique to UTS and directly translate to many existing and emerging roles and careers.

Diploma in Innovation

The Diploma in Innovation (C20060) teaches innovation, supports personal transformation and provides the hard skills needed to support the inventors and inventions of the future. Students come out of the Diploma in Innovation, with the hard skills to create and support sectoral and societal transformation. Graduates are able to fluently integrate ideas, across professional disciplines and are inventors of the future.

All UTS undergraduate students (with the exception of students concurrently enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation) can apply for the Diploma in Innovation upon admission in their chosen undergraduate degree. It is a complete degree program that runs in parallel to any undergraduate degree. The course is offered on a three-year, part-time basis, with subjects running in 3-week long intensive blocks in July, December and February sessions. More information including a link to apply is available at

Transdisciplinary electives program

Transdisciplinary electives broaden students' horizons and supercharge their problem-solving skills, helping them to learn outside, beyond and across their degrees. Students enrolled in an undergraduate course that includes electives can choose to take a transdisciplinary subject (with the exception of students concurrently enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation). More information about the TD Electives program is available here.

Course intended learning outcomes

CII.1.1 Identify and represent the components and processes within complex systems and organise them within frameworks of relationships
CII.1.2 Select, apply and evaluate various techniques and technologies for investigating and interpreting complex systems
CII.1.3 Discern common qualities of complex systems and model their behaviour
CII.1.4 Generate insights from the creative translation of models and patterns across different systems
CII.2.1 Recognise the nature of open, complex, dynamic and networked problems
CII.2.2 Explore the relevance of patterns, frameworks, approaches and methods from different disciplines, professional practices or fields of inquiry for gaining insights into particular problems, proposals, practices, contexts and systems
CII.2.3 Analyse problem situations or contexts from multiple disciplinary or personal perspectives and integrate findings in creative and useful ways
CII.2.4 Test the value of different patterns, frameworks and methods for exploring and addressing complex challenges
CII.2.5 Interrogate and generate ways to create value and evaluate outcomes
CII.2.6 Examine, articulate and appreciate the speculative or actual value of outcomes for different stakeholders, communities or cultures over time
CII.3.1 Communicate, explore, network and negotiate in ways that are inclusive of and mine for ideas from diverse disciplines
CII.3.2 Design, develop and apply appropriate team-based decision making frameworks and participate collaboratively in teams according to proposed intentions
CII.3.3 Use a range of appropriate media, tools, techniques and methods creatively and critically in multi-disciplinary teams to discover, investigate, design, produce and communicate ideas or artefacts
CII.3.4 Articulate often-complex ideas simply, succinctly and persuasively to a diverse team or audience
CII.3.5 Create environments to support inspiration and reflexivity so that inter- and trans-disciplinary practices can develop and thrive
CII.3.6 Recognise problems, challenges and opportunities that require transdisciplinary practices and assemble relevant teams to begin dealing with those problems, challenges and opportunities
CII.4.1 Identify significant issues, challenges or opportunities and assess potential to act creatively on them
CII.4.2 Work within different community, organisational or cultural contexts to design and develop ideas, strategies and practices for betterment
CII.4.3 Make decisions that recognise the humanity of others by engaging ethically and with sensitivity to the values of particular groups, communities, organisations or cultures
CII.4.4 Take a leadership role in identifying and working to address community, organisational or cultural issues, challenges and opportunities through innovation
CII.5.1 Imagine and design initiatives within existing organisational structures (intrapreneurship) or by building a new context (entrepreneurship)
CII.5.2 Explore and articulate the transformation required to create and implement innovation, with sensitivity to the creative destruction that this requires
CII.5.3 Identify required capabilities for realising an idea and create a venture team to achieve the aspirations of a particular innovation
CII.5.4 Communicate confidently and with diplomacy to influence essential stakeholders or decision makers and to achieve impact
FEIT A.1 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) graduates are culturally and historically well informed, able to co-design projects as respectful professionals when working in and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
FEIT B.1 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) graduates identify, engage, interpret and analyse stakeholder needs and cultural perspectives, establish priorities and goals, and identify constraints, uncertainties and risks (social, ethical, cultural, legislative, environmental, economics etc.) to define the system requirements.
FEIT C.1 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) graduates apply research, problem solving, design and decision-making methodologies to develop components, systems and processes to meet specified requirements.
FEIT D.1 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) graduates apply abstraction, mathematics and discipline fundamentals, software, tools and techniques to evaluate, implement and operate systems.
FEIT E.1 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) graduates work as an effective member or leader of diverse teams, communicating effectively and operating within cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural contexts.
FEIT F.1 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) graduates critically self-review their performance to improve themselves and their teams. They take responsibility and accountability for their own life long learning.


CII = Creative Intelligence and Innovation 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.

Current school leavers are advised to complete the Year 12 Engineering and IT Questionnaire. The questionnaire allows applicants to demonstrate their strong motivation to study engineering or IT at UTS and may assist applicants whose ATAR falls short of the required cut-off by up to three points.

Non-current school leavers are advised to complete the employment question on their UAC application as adjustment factors may be applied on the basis of relevant work experience.

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 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

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. English Advanced is recommended.

For the Biomedical, Chemical Process, and 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 is offered on a five-year, full-time basis.

Course structure

Students are required to complete 270 credit points, comprising 174 credit points in engineering and 96 credit points in creative intelligence and innovation. The engineering component consists of core (48 credit points), major (field of practice) (120 credit points) and professional engineering practice (6 credit points).

The engineering major is selected at the time of admission; however, it is possible to apply to change major at a later date. Students selecting the flexible major should decide by the end of the first year of full-time study whether to transfer to a designated major or continue with the flexible program.

The creative intelligence and innovation subjects are undertaken in accelerated form within July and Summer sessions during the first three years of study, and through one full year of study after completion of the professional degree. The Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation is not offered as a separate degree, but is completed only in combination with the professional degree program.

Industrial training/professional practice

This course is not available with the Diploma in Professional Engineering Practice.

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) without the Diploma in Professional Engineering Practice are required to obtain the equivalent of at least 12 weeks' exposure to professional engineering practice, preferably outside the university environment. For further details, refer to 41028 Engineering Work Experience.

In the final year of the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation, students can undertake between 6 and 12 credit points of internship (work experience) that relates to innovation within their research, career development or core degree specialisations. For students undertaking 12 credit points of internship, international internships may be negotiated.

This course involves significant industry engagement as part of the learning process. Students may be required to relinquish intellectual property when they opt in to certain industry-related experiences, particularly relating to internships and capstone projects.

Course completion requirements

STM90106 Core subjects 48cp
CBK90954 Major choice (Engineering) 120cp
STM90994 Professional Engineering Practice stream 6cp
STM90839 Core subjects (Creative Intelligence and Innovation) 96cp
Total 270cp

Course program

The sample program below shows a suggested sequence of subjects for the biomedical engineering major. For other majors, refer to the course program in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (C09066). 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.

Biomedical Engineering major with BCII
Year 1
Autumn session
33130 Mathematics 1   6cp
48230 Introduction to Engineering Projects   6cp
68037 Physical Modelling   6cp
July session
81511 Problems to Possibilities   8cp
Spring session
33230 Mathematics 2   6cp
48023 Programming Fundamentals   6cp
41160 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering   6cp
91400 Human Anatomy and Physiology   6cp
Summer session
81512 Creative Practice and Methods   8cp
Year 2
Autumn session
41200 Engineering Project Appraisal   6cp
41162 Fundamentals of Biomedical Engineering Studio A   6cp
41035 Professional Practice Preparation 1   3cp
July session
81513 Past, Present, Future of Innovation   8cp
Spring session
41201 Designing Sustainable Engineering Projects   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
91705 Medical Devices and Diagnostics   6cp
Summer session
81514 Creativity and Complexity   8cp
Year 3
Autumn session
41202 Professional Engineering Communication   6cp
41161 Biomedical Industry Frameworks   6cp
41163 Fundamentals of Biomedical Engineering Studio B   6cp
July session
81515 Leading Innovation   8cp
Spring session
41029 Engineering Research Preparation   6cp
43021 Advanced Biomedical Engineering Studio A   12cp
41203 Collaboration in Complex Projects   6cp
Summer session
81516 Initiatives and Entrepreneurship   8cp
81522 Innovation Internship A   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
41030 Engineering Capstone   6cp
43022 Advanced Biomedical Engineering Studio B   12cp
Spring session
41028 Engineering Work Experience   0cp
Year 5
Autumn session
81531 Industry Innovation Project   12cp
41055 Professional Experience Review   3cp
Spring session
81524 Transdisciplinary Practice at the Cutting Edge   6cp
81532 Creative Intelligence Capstone   12cp

Rules and regulations

Commencing students are required to complete the Maths Readiness Survey (MRS) to determine the most appropriate first-year mathematics subject to undertake.

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.


The Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation (Honours) (C09122) is available to meritorious students.

Transfer between UTS courses

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), majoring in Civil Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Flexible Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, or Mechatronic Engineering, is fully accredited by Engineers Australia at the level of Professional Engineer and is recognised internationally by signatories to the Washington Accord. Biomedical Engineering, Data Science Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Electronic Engineering, and Software Engineering majors are provisionally accredited with Engineers Australia, pending full accreditation. UTS is currently seeking provisional accreditation of the Chemical Process Engineering and Renewable Energy Engineering majors.

Other information

Further information is available from:

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