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Course and Subject Handbook 2022 Courses Undergraduate Courses Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) [Embedded] – Bachelor of Information Technology

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

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Course code


Course type

Bachelor with Honours (AQF level 8)

Professional accreditation status

This course 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).


Division of Tropical Environments and Societies


Science and Engineering

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English (Units 3/4,C), Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C)

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

Approved exposure to Professional Engineering Practice, including required activities and industry placement, equivalent to a minimum 60 days full-time industry placement.

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

CP1402:03 Internet Fundamentals

CP1403:03 Design Thinking

CP1404:03 Programming II

EG1000:03 Engineering 1

EG1002:03 Computing and Sensors

EG1010:03 Process Engineering

EG1011:03 Statics and Dynamics

EG1012:03 Electric Circuits

MA1000:03 Mathematical Foundations (The College may recommend some students undertake MA1020:03 Preparatory Mathematics prior to undertaking MA1000)

MA1003:03 Mathematical Techniques

PH1005:03 Advanced Stream Physics 1

Level 2

CP2404:03 Database Modelling

CP2406:03 Programming III

MA2000:03 Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers

Level 3

CP3407:03 Advanced Software Engineering

EG3000:03 Introduction to Systems Engineering and Project Management

Level 4

EG4011:03 Thesis Part 1 of 2

EG4012:03 Thesis Part 2 of 2


Select an Engineering major from Table A


Select 3 credit points of subjects from List 1


Select 9 credit points of subjects from List 2


Select 6 credit points of any undergraduate subjects or if required to undertake MA1020:03 Preparatory Mathematics, select 3 credit points of any undergraduate subjects

List 1

CP1406:03 Web Design and Development

CP1407:03 Introductory Machine Learning and Data Science

CP2405:03 Collective Intelligence and Entrepreneurship

CP2408:03 Design Thinking and Creative IT Industries

CP2409:03 Networks Forensic and Data Communication

CP2410:03 Algorithms and Data Structures

CP2411:03 3D Modelling and Animation

CP2412:03 Game Design and Technologies

List 2

CP3402:03 Content Management Systems

CP3403:03 Data Mining

CP3404:03 Information Security

CP3405:03 Design Thinking and Project Management

CP3406 :03 Mobile Computing

CP3408:03 Game Engine and Simulation


Credit points in major

48 credit points


Students are expected to complete the core Level 1 Engineering subjects of the course before commencing their chosen major

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 for costs associated with these trips.




Chemical Engineering

JCU Townsville


Civil Engineering

JCU Townsville


Electrical and Electronic Engineering

JCU Cairns

JCU Townsville

Not available for mid-year entry in Cairns

Electronic Systems and Internet of Things Engineering

JCU Cairns

Not available for mid-year entry

Mechanical Engineering

JCU Townsville




JCU Cairns

Course not available for mid-year entry

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

JCU Townsville

Course available for mid-year entry

See TABLE A (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

Where there is overlap between the core subjects for the course and the chosen major, students must contact the College 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

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

Professional accreditation


Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for
final subject

Not applicable



Students may apply for credit transfer for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

63 credit points


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 23 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

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 credit 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


This is a joint degree


Inclusion of majors on

Majors will appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.

Course articulation

Not applicable