The Bachelor of Engineering Practice (Honours) offers a revolutionary approach to learning and skill development. From day one, you’ll be taken out of the classroom and into the workplace in a higher education experience like no other. The first in Australia, this project-based curriculum – co-created and co-delivered by industry professionals – provides students with practical, professional experience and a work-ready skill set.
For four years students undertake real-world projects in collaborative teams, mirroring professional environments in a departure from traditional lecture and tutorial style learning. Students are given the task of selecting their own roles and quickly develop the mind-sets required for professional success – agility, accountability, confidence and resilience – leading to strong employment outcomes.
Theoretical and practical knowledge is obtained through direct application. Core competencies, including maths, physics and IT, are developed alongside technical and specialist expertise in a holistic approach. Assessment is based on individual performance within a team project rather than exams. Students graduate ready to adapt and respond to the demands of a rapidly changing work landscape.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How is this course different to the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Professional)?
Students will graduate with the equivalent knowledge but will engage in a different style of learning:
- Strong project-based and team-oriented learning
- A studio environment rather than a traditional classroom
- A curriculum designed to mirror the professional workplace
- Assessment based on project outcomes and performance reviews
How exactly will the project-based curriculum work?
The course comprises 16 core units structured as 16 six-week industry projects. Students undertake these projects in supportive teams, meeting regularly in groups, undertaking individual research and engaging with facilitators and industry mentors.
It looks like there are no majors – how will the course be structured?
Traditional majors will not be offered. Instead, students can refine their interests through the selection of different team projects focused across four industry sectors: smart cities, Industry 4.0, Internet of Things and People, and products designed for people.
Can you tell me more about these industry sectors?
Projects will be set by industry partners and students will work in teams to resolve the client brief.
- Smart cities applies digital technology to urban development, infrastructure and government services to improve efficiencies and ultimately raise the quality of life for residents. This sector will appeal to students who are interested in civil engineering and construction engineering.
- Industry 4.0 combines the virtual (big data, digital technology) with the physical (3D printing, robotics, prototyping) to create a new approach to manufacturing. This sector will appeal to students who are interested in mechanical engineering, and robotics and mechatronics engineering.
- Internet of Things and People refers to the connectivity of products (no longer just computers) wirelessly to the internet, which enables innovative solutions and improved efficiencies for businesses and individuals alike. This sector will appeal to students who are interested in telecommunications, electronics or software engineering.
- Products designed for people focuses on the creation of marketable products that are cost effective to manufacture, use sustainable materials and fill a gap in the market or satisfy a customer need. This sector will appeal to students who are interested in product design engineering or biomedical engineering.
Who will be assessing this course and how?
Students receive mentoring from industry partners, ‘engineers in residence’ and academic facilitators. Assessment will be based on project outcomes and performance reviews, rather than exams, just as would be the case when working professionally in industry.
What industry partners are involved?
Industry partners currently include:
- Programmed Maintenance Services
- Hydac Australia
- Dulux Group
- Nexans Olex34
- Turner & Townsend
- Opus International Consultants
- Engineers Without Borders Australia
- Hobsons Bay City Council
Why is entry into this course based on interview rather than ATAR?
Designed to mirror the professional environment, acceptance into the course is based on interview performance. Assessment will consider a range of factors, including aptitude, skills and attributes, extracurricular activity and professional presentation rather than academic performance alone. Candidates with a range of diverse skills, life experience and learning styles are encouraged to apply.
Why is Maths Methods not a prerequisite for this degree?
Maths aptitude is key, which is why Further Maths as a minimum is still a prerequisite, but course entry will be based on a range of factors determined at interview. Throughout the degree, students will learn core competencies such as maths, physics, materials and design, and required maths concepts will be covered.
Will not having Math Methods be a hindrance?
No. Students will learn the mathematical skills and knowledge required as part of the projects they undertake throughout the course.
I am currently studying something else, is there a pathway into this degree?
Currently there are no pathways into this degree.
Does the degree include a professional placement?
As this degree is designed to mirror the professional environment from day one, there is no option for a professional placement. If you would prefer to include a year’s paid professional placement, please consider the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Professional).
Who should apply for this course?
Students who are curious, enterprising and ready for a challenge will thrive in this environment. The course will suit those who are proactive, entrepreneurial and problem-solving by nature, who are big-picture thinkers with an interest in broad experiences, who are keen to learn by doing (as in the workplace) and who are eager to jump in to a professional collaborative environment.
What skills can students expect to graduate with?
Students will graduate with the skills and attributes crucial for a successful 21st Century engineering career, including adaptability, accountability, teamwork and resilience. Importantly, graduates will be capable, competent and confident individuals, ready to embrace the challenges of professional life.
What are the job prospects for graduates?
Job prospects will be similar to those of other engineering graduates. With four years’ experience working alongside industry partners, graduates will have developed a network of contacts and a knowledge of industry that will assist them in taking the next step.
Can I do a double degree with this course?
No, at this stage double degrees are not available.
Is this course accredited by Engineers Australia?
Because this is a new course, Swinburne cannot receive full accreditation from Engineers Australia until our first cohort of graduates finish and their outcomes assessed. We expect to receive provisional accreditation in 2018.
Engineers are required to complete 12 weeks work experience to graduate as an engineer. How will that be achieved in this course?
Students will not be required to do a specific work placement as this requirement is embedded within the experiences students will have within the academy.
Can students get involved in the study abroad program?
Students will be provided opportunities to have a global experience as part of this course; however this will be a different experience to the traditional study abroad program, which they are not eligible for.
- Semester 1 - 26 February 2018
Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology
This diverse and inclusive course will develop the next generation of engineers by ensuring they are prepared and ready to hit the ground running. We look forward to future graduates of the program joining us in the industry.
National Residential Manager, Intrax Consulting Engineers Pty Ltd
Through courses like this – that are developed by direct collaboration between educators and industry – both our industry and our students will be better equipped to meet the challenges of the digital world. It’s an exciting time.
Work Group Manager - Geosciences & Remediation Services, AECOM
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