Diploma of Engineering

Diploma of Engineering [Pathway]

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

Diploma (AQF Level 5)


Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course Entry Requirements

Guaranteed entry where applicants have obtained a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) or passes in at least 3 academic subjects from Year 12 or equivalent


Satisfactory completion of the JCU Foundation Program (Science/Engineering) with a minimum GPA of 4.00

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

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

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

27 credit points as per course structure

Additional completion

Minimum overall attendance level of 80% across all scheduled activities for the duration of the Diploma, including any support classes such as English language development. Students failing to maintain the required attendance will need to undertake additional requirements prior to graduating from the Diploma.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Diploma of Engineering at James Cook University, graduates will be able to:

  • describe and use specialised knowledge and skills for further learning
  • describe and use technical and theoretical knowledge in a specific area of work and learning
  • select and apply methods and technologies from a broad range of cognitive, technical and communication skills to:
    • analyse information to complete a range of activities
    • provide and communicate solutions to sometimes complex problems
    • transmit information and skills to others
  • apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, judgement and defined responsibility in known or changing contexts and within broad but established parameters

Course Structure


MA1020:03 Preparatory Mathematics

EG1000:03 Engineering 1

EG1002:03 Computing and Sensors

MA1000:03 Mathematical Foundations

MA1003:03 Mathematical Techniques

PH1005:03 Advanced Stream Physics 1

EG1011:03 Statics and Dynamics

EG1012:03 Electric Circuits


Select either English for Academic Purposes Level 3 or 4

English for Academic Purposes Level 3

LS0331:01 English for Academic Purposes Level 3a

LS0332:01 English for Academic Purposes Level 3b

LS0333:01 English for Academic Purposes Level 3c


English for Academic Purposes Level 4

LS0441:01 English for Academic Purposes Level 4a

LS0442:01 English for Academic Purposes Level 4b

LS0443:01 English for Academic Purposes Level 4c





Students in this program who are planning to undertake the Electronic Systems and Internet of Things Engineering major within the JCU Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree will be required to relocate to the Cairns campus following completion of this program.


Expected time to complete

One year full-time

Maximum time to complete

2 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Not applicable

Course includes mandatory Fieldwork

Not applicable

Special assessment


Professional accreditation


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.

Maximum allowed

12 credit points


Credit will be granted only for subjects completed in the 5 years prior to the commencement of this course


Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 7 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

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on
Not applicable

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Students who are awarded the JCU Diploma of Engineering are eligible for entry into the JCU Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), provided they also meet the relevant English Language entry requirement.  Applicants meeting the entry requirements for the JCU Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) will receive credit for all subjects successfully completed in this Diploma.

Successful Diploma of Engineering students will be able to articulate into all majors in the JCU Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program, except the Chemical Engineering major.

Successful Diploma students may alternatively be granted credit for subjects successfully completed under this course towards any other Bachelor degree for which they satisfy the entry requirements.

Special Awards

Not applicable