University Handbook 2018

Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours)

Course code/s: SHCE, SHCEB

Course details
Location Bendigo Melbourne (Bundoora)
Course code SHCEB SHCE
Mid year intake available Yes (sequence for mid year commencing students is determined in consultation with the course coordinator.)
Course coordinator Dr Hossam Abo El-Naga
Available to International students Yes
CRICOS 078469G
Course duration 4 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Credit points 480 credit points
Exchange opportunity No
Leave of absence available Yes, for a maximum of 12 months
Study plan guide To assist with planning your enrolment, you can download the course structure PDF here
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students

Course description

The Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) course consists of eight semesters of academic studies and includes the option of a period of industry based work integrated learning.  The engineering course continues a 100-year-old tradition of professional civil engineering education in Bendigo, now also offered in Melbourne.

Industry experience

Students not undertaking the Work Integrated Learning subject (EMS4WIL) are required to complete at least 12 weeks certified practical experience under the guidance of an experienced engineer before being deemed to have completed the course and therefore qualify to graduate. This is preferably undertaken during the annual vacation following the third year of the course but may be done at the conclusion of the final year. International students must undertake their experience during the annual vacation following the third year. It may be done at the conclusion of final year but must be completed before the student's visa expiry date. Visa expiry dates may not be extended for the sole purpose of completing practical experience. International applicants are advised to ensure they have the correct visa to undertake this work placement.

Essentials subjects

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers.  Essentials will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world.  Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject search by distinct icons.  The list of approved subjects can be found on the Essentials webpage.

Course intended learning outcomes

Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) are brief statements defining what students are expected to demonstrate they know and can do by the end of a course.

Apply the principles and technical knowledge of engineering and use the current tools and techniques to solve engineering problems in building and civil infrastructure design and construction.
Use mathematical tools and techniques to achieve appropriate solutions to civil engineering problems.
Critically investigate a problem for the purpose of formulating and evaluating an appropriate, effective engineering solution.
Evaluate information to review, assess and suggest improvements to plans, designs and processes.
Demonstrate an awareness of social, cultural and environmental issues when solving engineering problems and abide by the professional and ethical requirements mandated by Engineers Australia.
Communicate technical information orally, with clear and concise arguments, to technical and non-technical audiences.
Communicate technical information in writing and drawings to both technical and non-technical audiences.
Collaborate and contribute effectively as both a team leader and a team member to achieve team goals.
Identify and articulate problems, risks and develop novel, logical solutions.

Course structure

The course requires the completion of 480 credit points over four years of full-time or equivalent part-time study.

First year

First year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject title Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Academic Integrity Module (online) * LTU0AIM 0
TE-SEM-1 Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education (online) ** ABS0WOM 0
TE-SEM-1 Programming for Engineers and Scientists CSE1PES 15
TE-SEM-1 Number Systems and Linear Algebra MAT1NLA 15
TE-SEM-1 Principles of Physics A PHY1SCA 15
TE-SEM-1 Engineering Design and Problem Solving EMS1EDP 15
TE-SEM-2 Computer Aided Design EMS1CAD 15
TE-SEM-2 Calculus and Differential Equations MAT1CDE 15
TE-SEM-2 Introduction to Electrical and Electronic Engineering ELE1IEL 15
TE-SEM-2 Mechanics of Solids EMS1MS 15

Key: *LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.
** ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to introduce students to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.

Second year

Second year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject title Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Vector Calculus MAT2VCA 15
TE-SEM-1 Ideas to Innovation EMS2ITI 15
TE-SEM-1 Engineering Materials EMS2EM 15
TE-SEM-1 Fluid Mechanics EMS2FLM 15
TE-SEM-2 Systems Modelling EMS2SYM 15
TE-SEM-2 Sustainability and Renewable Energy Design EMS2SRE 15
TE-SEM-2 Engineering Enterprise EMS2EEP 15
TE-SEM-2 Engineering Probability and Statistics STM2EPS 15

Third year

Third year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject title Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Land Information Systems CIV3LIS 15
TE-SEM-1 Soil Mechanics CIV3SOM 15
TE-SEM-1 Structural Analysis and Design 1 CIV3SD1 15
TE-SEM-1 Hydraulic Engineering 1 CIV3HE1 15
TE-SEM-2 Transportation Engineering CIV4TE 15
TE-SEM-2 Geotechnical Design CIV3GTD 15
TE-SEM-2 Structural Analysis and Design 2 CIV3SD2 15
TE-SEM-2 Civil Engineering Project Management CIV3CPM 15

Fourth year

Fourth year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject title Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-1 Students to select one of the Semester 1 options A, B or C below to the value of 60 credit points, in consultation with your Course Advisor.   60
  Fourth Year Option A    
TE-SEM-1 Engineering Project EMS4PRJ 30
TE-SEM-1 Students to select elective subjects to the value of 30 credit points in consultation with your Course Advisor.   30
  Fourth Year Option B    
TE-SEM-1 Engineering Major Project EMS4EMP 60
  Fourth Year Option C    
TE-SEM-1 Work Integrated Learning EMS4WIL 60
TE-SEM-2 Hydraulic Engineering 2 CIV4HE2 15
TE-SEM-2 Structural Analysis and Design 3 CIV4SD3 15
TE-SEM-2 Infrastructure Design CIV4ID 15
TE-SEM-2 Students to select an elective subject to the value of 15 credit points in consultation with your Course Advisor   15

Please note: Some of these subjects may not be offered in the current year. For a full description of subjects, including the subject name, subject code, credit points, campus/location, teaching period and availability, subject coordinator, class requirements, assessment, prerequisites and readings, please click on the appropriate subject code.


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