Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) - Bachelor of Information Technology

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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) - Bachelor of Information Technology

This course is being refreshed for 2019

Combining engineering and IT qualifications will give students the advantage in pursuing careers that require innovative and creative IT solutions.

Campus
Townsville, Cairns
No mid-year intake at Cairns campus
Start dates
February, July
Duration
5 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
Prerequisites
English (4,SA), Maths B (4,SA)
OP/Rank
12/74

Career opportunities

Combining Engineering and IT qualifications will give you a powerful degree for careers that require innovative and creative IT solutions.

Depending on your Engineering and IT specialisations, you will have rewarding career opportunities with cutting-edge industries including:

  • electronics and communications technologies
  • computer system engineering
  • electricity supply industries.

Course highlights

Engineering

Studying Engineering at JCU offers unique opportunities for you to gain expertise in the particular challenges and demands of engineering in the tropics. As JCU is located between two World Heritage areas – the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforests – you have access to some of the world’s most spectacular natural tropical laboratories, which provide the impetus for much of the discipline’s research work.

Students have access to well-equipped, modern laboratories, highly qualified teaching staff and best-practice course content that is reviewed by an industry advisory board. The course incorporates design, project management, team work and effective communication skills.

You will gain valuable industry experience and contacts with 12 weeks of paid, industry-based placements throughout the course. The capstone to your study is the final year project, which gives you the opportunity to carry out a significant research or design task under the leadership of a supervising member of academic staff.

Information Technology

JCU’s Bachelor of Information Technology combines a solid basis of computing theory with practical knowledge and skills in software, software engineering, multimedia, databases and networking.

After completing first-year core subjects, you select a major from: Business Informatics; Computing and Networking; or Interactive Technologies and Games Design.

The course includes opportunities for hands-on experience with internships at local businesses and organisations. The learning environment is friendly and open, with ample small-group tutorials and hands-on practical sessions in the laboratories.

JCU has excellent computing facilities, with 24-hour labs in Cairns and Townsville.

Course overview

As well as studying Information Technology subjects you can choose from five different Engineering majors. The electronic systems and internet of things major is only available at the Cairns campus while all other majors are only available at the Townsville campus.

Chemical Engineering

Create, manipulate and design products using raw materials, and chemistry and physics principles. Become an expert in the intricacies of reactor design and modelling, and learn how to comprehend the concepts of instrumental analysis. Build an in-depth understanding of advanced chemical technologies such as minerals processing, extractive metallurgy and bioprocessing.

Civil Engineering

Benefit from JCU’s expert lecturers and explore various civil engineering disciplines such as structural, hydraulic, geotechnical, transport and environmental engineering. Develop the skills required to assess the environmental impact of large projects and understand how to build community engagement. JCU graduates have a thorough understanding of how to make cities better places to live.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Learn how to design and maintain electrical energy infrastructure through the application of the electrical principles. You will integrate theory with practice and visit telecommunications companies, power utilities and mines. Build a comprehensive knowledge of electrical materials, circuit theory, single phase and three phase power system modelling and signal processing.

Electronic Systems and Internet of Things (IoT) Engineering

Develop sensor technologies, analyse big data and design smart technology that relates to various industries. Work with cloud computing and wireless communication utilising a state-of-the-art Internet of Things research lab. Become innovative technology leaders, accessing world-class lecturers and their strong industry partnerships.

Mechanical Engineering

Understand the principles of mechanics and thermodynamics to analyse, design, manufacture and maintain machines across almost all industries. Learn the foundations of thermofluid mechanics and the dynamics of machine elements. Through experiential learning, apply your understanding of heat exchange, momentum and strength of materials to design machines.

The Handbook provides detail about the subjects you can study within each major.

How to apply

Check the QTAC information and apply by clicking on the relevant link below depending on where you wish to study.

Take note of the QTAC code for this course in the location you've chosen because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville (314071) - Apply now
Cairns (324071) - Apply now

OP Score/Rank is indicative only. Entry scores will be finalised in the major offer round.

Handbook

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

Handbook year

2019

Course code

116309

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

Division of 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

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

All majors (except Electronic Systems and Internet of Things)

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

CP1404:03 Programming II

CP1402:03 Internet Fundamentals

CP1403:03 Design Thinking

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 Engineering Project Management

Level 4

EG4011:03 Thesis Part 1 of 2

EG4012:03 Thesis Part 2 of 2

OPTIONS

Select an Engineering major from Table A

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of subjects from List 1

PLUS

Select 9 credit points of subjects from List 2

PLUS

Select 6 credit points of subjects from List 3 or if undertaking MA1020 Preparatory Mathematics then select 3 credit points of subjects from List 3

List 1

CP1406:03 Web Design and Development

CP1407:03 Introductory Machine Learning and Data Science

CP2405:03 Collective Intelligence and Entrepreneurship

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 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

List 3

CC2511:03 Embedded Systems Design

CC3501:03 Computer Interfacing and Control

CL2501:03 Process Analysis

CP1407:03 Introductory Machine Learning and Data Science

CP2408:03 Design Thinking and Creative IT Industries

CP2410:03 Algorithms and Data Structures

CS2001:03 Engineering Strength of Materials

CS2004:03 Surveying and Construction

EA1110:03 Evolution of the Earth

EA3005:03 Minesite Rehabilitation

EE4000:03 Signal Processing 3

EG2010:03 Materials Science and Engineering

EV2301:03 Urban Geography and Design

EV2502:03 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

EV3502:03 Advanced Geographic Information Systems

MA2211:03 Discrete Mathematics

MA2210:03 Linear Algebra

ME2525:03 Machine Element Design

ME4521:03 Bulk Materials Handling

PH2002:03 Classical Mechanics and Quantum Physics 1

PH2019:03 Introduction to Electromagnetism Optics and Early Quantum

PH2240:03 Atomic and Nuclear Physics

Course Structure

Electronic Systems and Internet of Things Major

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

CP1402:03 Internet Fundamentals

CP1403:03 Design Thinking

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

CP2406:03 Programming III

MA2000:03 Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers

Level 3

CP3407:03 Advanced Software Engineering

BX2077:03 Project Management

Level 4

EG4011:03 Thesis Part 1 of 2

EG4012:03 Thesis Part 2 of 2

OPTIONS

Select the Electronic Systems and Internet of Things Engineering major from Table A

PLUS

Select 6 credit points of any undergraduate subjects

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of subjects from List 1

PLUS

Select 9 credit points of subjects from List 2

PLUS

Select 6 credit points of subjects from List 3 or if undertaking MA1020 Preparatory Mathematics then select 3 credit points of subjects from List 3

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

CP3405:03 Design Thinking and Project Management

CP3408:03 Game Engine and Simulation

List 3

CP1407:03 Introductory Machine Learning and Data Science

CP2408:03 Design Thinking and Creative IT Industries

CP2410:03 Algorithms and Data Structures

TABLE A (MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory, single

Credit points in major

48 credit points

Notes

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.

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Chemical Engineering

Townsville

 
Civil Engineering

Townsville

 

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Townsville

 

Electronic Systems and Internet of Things Engineering

Cairns

Not available for mid-year entry

Mechanical Engineering

Townsville

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

Course not available for mid-year entry

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

Townsville

Course available for mid-year entry

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

Candidature

Expected time to complete

5 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

13 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years

Progression

Course progression
requisites

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)

No

Special assessment
requirements

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

Professional accreditation
requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for
final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

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

Maximum allowed

63 credit points

Currency

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

Expiry

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

BACHELOR OF ENGINEERING (HONOURS) - BACHELOR OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Approved abbreviation

BEng(Hons)-BInfTech

This is a joint degree

Yes

Inclusion of majors on
testamur

Any major may 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

Honours

An Honours degree supports entry into a Higher Degree by Research. High-achieving graduates of this course can enrol in this extra year and further develop critical thinking skills through completion of a research project and thesis. Refer to the Course Handbook for eligibility information.

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.