Graduate Diploma of Engineering

Graduate Diploma of Engineering

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Course code


Course type

Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8) (extending skills and knowledge in a professional area previously studied)

Professional accreditation status

This program is not accredited


Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of a four-year Bachelor of Engineering at AQF Level 7 (or equivalent) in a discipline cognate to one of the streams.

Entry requirements for this course are consistent with the Pathways to Qualifications in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 8) Guidelines.

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

24 credit points as per course structure

Additional completion

Not applicable

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Engineering, graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply an advanced technical knowledge including an understanding of recent developments, in one or more engineering disciplines
  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of advanced engineering methods, including design processes, whole system approaches, contemporary project management tools, and decision-making strategies through their application in engineering practice
  • Articulate and communicate ideas, arguments and conclusions clearly and coherently to specialist and non-specialist audiences through advanced written and oral English language skills and a variety of media
  • Contribute to teams to achieve engineering project goals through advanced professional and leadership skills, self-motivation, creative thinking and entrepreneurship

Course Structure


EG5210:03 Risk Engineering and Systems Safety

MA5800:03 Foundation for Data Science

EG5220:03 Advanced Asset Management and Reliability

LB5205:03 People in Organisations


Select one of the streams below

Stream 1: Electrical and Renewable Energy

EE5410:03 Renewable System Integration

EE5500:03 Sustainable Power Generation and Distribution

EE5610:03 Industrial System Automation and Control

EE5300:03 Non-Conventional Electronics

Stream 2: Internet of Things and Data Engineering

CC5501:03 Privacy and Security in IoT

CC5901:03 Low-Power and Wide-Area IoT Communication Network

MA5810:03 Introduction to Data Mining

MA5820:03 Statistical Methods for Data Scientists

Stream 3: Technology and Management

EC5205:03 Economic Growth and Sustainable Development

EC5218:03 Economics and Sustainable Resource Management

LB5133:03 Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship

LB5124:03 Business Innovation and Technology Management

Stream 4: Water Resource Management

CS5108:03 Advanced Ground Water Modelling and Management

CS5208:03 Advanced Water Resource Systems Planning and Management

EA5016:03 Hydrology

EV5505:03 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems





Only Internet of Things and Data Engineering stream is available in Cairns


Internet of Things and Data Engineering stream is not available in Townsville


Expected time to complete

1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Course includes mandatory Fieldwork


Special assessment requirements


Professional accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable



Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Credit will only be granted for subjects aligned to the current course’s learning outcomes and if the applicant demonstrates sufficient prior knowledge and skills to achieve the course learning outcomes in the time available in the course

Maximum allowed

Up to 12 credit points may be granted for an AQF Level 8 qualification

Where a student transfers from one JCU award to another, then credit may be granted for more than two-thirds of the new award, where there is subject equivalence between the awards.


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


Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 13 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

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Approved abbreviations


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed the appropriate subjects, may be eligible to receive the following award:

  • Graduate Certificate of Engineering

Course articulation

Students who successfully complete this course are eligible for entry to the Master of Engineering (Professional), and will be granted credit for all subjects successfully completed under this course.

Special Awards

Not applicable