Course and Subject Handbook 2016 Courses Undergraduate Courses Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) [Embedded] – Bachelor of Information Technology

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) [Embedded] – Bachelor of Information Technology

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) [Embedded] – Bachelor of Information Technology

Course code


Course type

Bachelor Honours Degree (AQF Level 8)

Professional accreditation status

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is accredited by Engineers Australia. Graduates are immediately eligible for graduate membership of Engineers Australia and, following a period of professional practice, may become Chartered Professional Engineers (CPEng).


Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English, Maths B

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

120 credit points as per course structure

Additional completion requirements

60 days vacation practice

Must hold current Senior First Aid certificate at the time of graduation.

Course learning outcomes

The graduates of James Cook University are prepared and equipped to create a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide.

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) at James Cook University will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply a coherent and advanced body of theoretical and technical knowledge, including depth in the underlying concepts and principles in one engineering discipline

  • Critically appraise the role and relevance of engineering in society, with specific reference to practices and priorities for creating sustainable communities and industries in the tropics

  • Demonstrate broad understanding of engineering methods, including design processes, whole system approaches, formal project management, and decision-making strategies and their application in engineering practice

  • Retrieve, analyse, synthesise, evaluate and manage information from a range of sources for engineering practice and research

  • Plan and conduct reliable, evidence-based laboratory and/or field experiments, by selecting and applying methods, techniques and tools as appropriate to the engineering discipline

  • Organise, analyse and interpret scientific and/or engineering data using appropriate mathematical, statistical and technological skills

  • Communicate ideas, arguments and conclusions clearly and coherently to a variety of audiences, through advanced English language skills and a variety of media

  • Develop components, systems and/or processes to meet specified requirements, and creative approaches to synthesise alternative solutions, concepts and procedures for unpredictable or complex problems

  • Critically review regulatory requirements, ethical principles and cultural frameworks, to work effectively, responsibly and safely in diverse contexts and interdisciplinary teams

  • Prioritise multiple demands to achieve personal and team goals, with regular review of performance to manage continuing professional development

  • Apply knowledge of research principles and methods to plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Information Technology at James Cook University will be able to:

  • Demonstrate essential knowledge for a career in  technology related professions and practice

  • Synthesise industry standard and underlying principles and concepts for decision making

  • Critically analyse the core professional obligations, values and operations of organisations including sustainability

  • Critically evaluate data and resources in the context of relevant academic literature

  • Apply critical thinking to address IT related  issues

  • Convey information clearly and fluently, in high quality written form appropriate for their audience

  • Demonstrate effective oral presentation skills for academic and professional audiences

  • Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively

  • Apply technical skills, including numeracy, necessary for professional practice

  • Demonstrate an awareness of ethical and social responsibility in professional practice

  • Identify and act upon, learning opportunities and self-improvements.

Course Structure


Level 1

CP1404:03 Programming I or CP1403:03 Design Thinking

EG1000:03 Engineering 1

EG1002:03 Computing for Engineers

EG1010:03 Process Engineering

EG1011:03 Statics and Dynamics

EG1012:03 Electric Circuits

MA1000:03 Mathematical Foundations

MA1003:03 Mathematical Techniques

PH1005:03 Advanced Stream Physics 1

Level 2

CP2404:03 Database Modelling

CP2406:03 Programming II or CP2011:03 Advanced Programming

Level 3

CP3407:03Advanced Software Engineering (available in 2017) or CP2013:03 Software Engineering


Select a major from Table A at the end of first year


Select 6 credit points of CP level 1 subjects from List 1


Select 3 credit points of CP level 2 subjects from List 2


Select 9 credit points of CP level 3 subjects from List 3

List 1

CP1401:03 Fundamentals of Problem Solving and Programming

CP1402:03 Internet Fundamentals

CP1403:03 Design Thinking

List 2

CP2411:03 3D Modelling and Animation

CP2408:03 Design Thinking and Creative IT Industries

CP2412:03 Game Design and Technologies

CP2410:03 Algorithms and Data Structures

CP2409:03 Networks Forensic and Data Communication

List 3

CP3302:03 Information Security

CP3307:03 Mobile Technology

CP3311:03 Simulation

CP3403:03 Business Intelligence and Data Mining

CP3404:03 Enterprise and Information Security (available from 2017)

CP3405:03 Design Thinking and Project (available in 2017)

CP3406 :03 Mobile Computing (available in 2017)

CP3408:03 Game Engine and Simulation (available in 2017)


Type of major

Mandatory, single

Credit points in major

66 credit points

Special requirements

Some subjects in each of the majors may require students to participate in field trips, site visits or other off-campus activities. A fee may be charged by the College of Science, Technology and Engineering for transport or subsistence associated with these trips.


All Engineering majors are available for mid-year entry. For students starting in semester 2, the course has a core subject MA1000 that starts earlier than the official semester start date.




Chemical Engineering



First year only in Cairns

Civil Engineering



First year only in Cairns

Computer Systems Engineering

Townsville (Suspended 2015 – 2017)

Cairns (Suspended 2015 – 2017)

First year only in Cairns

Electrical and Electronic Engineering



First year only in Cairns

Environmental Engineering

Townsville (Suspended 2014 – 2017)


Mechanical Engineering



First year only in Cairns

Electronic Systems and Internet of Things Engineering



First year only in Townsville





Mid-year entry not available in Cairns in 2016

See Table A (ENGINEERING MAJORS) for availability of majors at each campus


Course available for mid-year entry

See Table A (ENGINEERING MAJORS) for availability of majors at each campus


Expected time to complete

5 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

13 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years


Course progression requisites

Where there is overlap between the core subjects for the course and for the chosen major,students are required to contact the Division office to add substitute subjects to their study plans.

It is strongly recommended that in this situation students take extra engineering subjects as listed under the corresponding major in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) single degree.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements

The engineering thesis topic must be specific to the student’s chosen engineering major.

Accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

63 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 23 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

A minimum of 18 credit points of engineering subjects (including 6 credit points of fourth year thesis subjects) should be completed at James Cook University for each of levels 3 and 4.

If the student requests advanced standing approaching this maximum level, then the advanced standing should be predominantly from the first two levels of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program.

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Honours grade

The grade of Honours (I, IIA, IIB, III) in Engineering will be determined by the relevant College Examiner’s meeting after a student has completed the Credit Point requirements for their degree, by:

  • Consideration of both the Grade Point Average earned by the student in the level four Research components of the program and the weighted Grade Point Average achieved by the student over all four levels of engineering study

  • Weighted average GPA = 0.1 x Level 1 GPA + 0.2 x Level 2 GPA + 0.3 x Level 3 GPA + 0.4 x Level 4 GPA.

Inclusion of majors on testamur

The major studied shall appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable