Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Chemical Engineering

Courses and Study Australian courses Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Chemical Engineering

Why study Chemical Engineering at JCU?

Your JCU studies will focus on developing safe, efficient and ethical processes to convert raw materials into useful products, as well as research and develop new technologies to solve current world problems. Industry placements and specialist guest lecturers are an active part in your education, giving you genuine industry knowledge and practical experience, in addition to your theoretical fundamentals. JCU's Chemical Engineering course is supported by leaders from major industrial plants who facilitate industry placements and provide input to ensure that JCU courses are relevant to today's industry needs.

The broad academic knowledge you gain, along with practical industry experience will give you an advantage over your peers when you're ready to start work. Your JCU Chemical Engineering Honours degree will help you get the job you've dreamed of.

Campus
Townsville; Cairns
Full course in Townsville
Cairns - 1st year only
Cairns - no mid-year intake
Start dates
February, July
Duration
4 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
Prerequisites
English, Maths B
OP/Rank
12/74

Career opportunities

JCU Chemical Engineering graduates are in high demand and are employed around the world in a wide range of industries. When you graduate you will have career choices that involve using your Chemical Engineering qualifications in environmental health and safety, healthcare, manufacturing, energy, minerals, water and wastewater treatment, pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, food processing, biotechnology, electronic and advanced materials and much more. For example, you may choose a role where you:

  • Improve food processing techniques as well as methods of producing fertilizers, to increase the quantity and quality of available foods
  • Develop methods to mass-produce medicines, making them more affordable
  • Create more efficient methods of refining minerals, making energy and chemical sources more productive and cost effective
  • Develop solutions and remediation to environmental pollution problems
  • Process chemicals – which are used to make or improve just about everything you see around you.

Professional Recognition

Your JCU Chemical Engineering degree is accredited by Engineers Australia. Graduates are immediately eligible for graduate membership of Engineers Australia and following a period of professional practice may become a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) - an accreditation that is recognised in all states of Australia, New Zealand, and throughout Europe, North America, Asia and South Africa.

Course highlights

JCU's Chemical Engineering studies provide a sound combination of academic and practical learning. You will learn advanced chemical technologies such as minerals processing, extractive metallurgy and bioprocessing. You'll benefit from visiting and building networks within the major process industries that partner with JCU. Laboratory and design work and the opportunity to work in teams with students in other engineering disciplines add value to your learning. In your final year, your design project and thesis will give you the opportunity to design a full-scale processing plant.  You may also be involved with genuine design and research projects - often with direct industry input and support.  Such research may include:

  • Improvements to sugar processing
  • Development of biomaterials
  • Process development for the production of designer materials.

After a first year studying topics that are common to all Engineering students, you will branch out into subject areas such as:

Course overview

At JCU, your four year Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Chemical Engineering gives you broad academic knowledge in Chemical Engineering, along with practical industry experience. You'll have opportunities to explore locally important research areas which include improvements to sugar processing, copper electro-refining and solvent extraction processes. Depending on your own interests and career aspirations, minor streams available to Chemical Engineering students include:

Engineering minors

You will also study a minor in one of the below topics to complement your major study area. Not all minors are available in all majors.

Minor nameCompatible Engineering Majors
SustainabilityAll majors
Mining and MineralAll majors
MathematicsAll majors
PhysicsAll majors
SoftwareAll majors
Infrastructure and PlanningCivil Engineering only
Intelligent SystemsChemical and Mechanical Engineering only
Materials and Mechanical DesignChemical Engineering only
Water and Waste WaterChemical Engineering only

Joint degree options

Joint degrees give students expertise in a complementary discipline in reduced time and can enhance career prospects. At JCU the Bachelor of Engineering degree can be combined as a joint degree in:

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 (314021) - Apply now
Cairns (324021) - Apply now

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

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

OPTIONS

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

PLUS

Select a minor from Table B after you have selected a major

Table A (ENGINEERING MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory, single

Credit points in major

60 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 for transport or subsistence associated with these trips.

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Chemical Engineering

Townsville

Cairns

First year only in Cairns

Civil Engineering

Townsville

Cairns

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

Townsville

Cairns

First year only in Cairns

Environmental Engineering

Townsville

(Suspended 2014-2017)

 

Mechanical Engineering

Townsville

Cairns

First year only in Cairns

Electronic Systems and Internet of Things Engineering

Townsville

Cairns

First year only in Townsville

Table B (MINORS)

Type of minor

Mandatory, single

Credit points in minor

12 credit points

Special requirements

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

MINOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Asset Management

Townsville (Suspended 2015-2017)

Available with all majors

Intelligent Systems

Townsville

Available with Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Majors

Infrastructure and Planning

Townsville

Available with Civil Engineering Major only

International Logistics

Townsville

Available with all majors

Materials and Mechanical Design

Townsville

Available with Chemical Engineering Major only

Mathematics

Townsville

Available with all majors

Mining and Minerals

Townsville

Available with all majors

Physics

Townsville

Available with all majors

Software

Townsville

Cairns

Available with all majors

Sustainability

Townsville

Available with all majors

Water and Waste Water

Townsville

Available with Chemical Engineering Major only

Pathway into course

On successful completion of the Diploma of Higher Education you may be eligible to continue into this degree, and you may be able to receive some credit for successfully completed subjects.

Handbook

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) [Embedded]

Course code

102809

Course type

Bachelor Honours Degree (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).

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

96 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.

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

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

OPTIONS

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

PLUS

Select a minor from Table B after you have selected a major

Table A (ENGINEERING MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory, single

Credit points in major

60 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 for transport or subsistence associated with these trips.

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Chemical Engineering

Townsville

Cairns

First year only in Cairns

Civil Engineering

Townsville

Cairns

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

Townsville

Cairns

First year only in Cairns

Environmental Engineering

Townsville

(Suspended 2014-2017)

 

Mechanical Engineering

Townsville

Cairns

First year only in Cairns

Electronic Systems and Internet of Things Engineering

Townsville

Cairns

First year only in Townsville

Table B (MINORS)

Type of minor

Mandatory, single

Credit points in minor

12 credit points

Special requirements

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

MINOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Asset Management

Townsville (Suspended 2015-2017)

Available with all majors

Intelligent Systems

Townsville

Available with Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Majors

Infrastructure and Planning

Townsville

Available with Civil Engineering Major only

International Logistics

Townsville

Available with all majors

Materials and Mechanical Design

Townsville

Available with Chemical Engineering Major only

Mathematics

Townsville

Available with all majors

Mining and Minerals

Townsville

Available with all majors

Physics

Townsville

Available with all majors

Software

Townsville

Cairns

Available with all majors

Sustainability

Townsville

Available with all majors

Water and Waste Water

Townsville

Available with Chemical Engineering Major only

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

Mid-year entry not available in Cairns in 2016

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

Townsville

Course available for mid-year entry

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

Candidature

Expected time to complete

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

11 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

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 Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

48 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 21 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 (including 6 credit points of fourth year thesis) 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 program.

Award Details

Award title

BACHELOR OF ENGINEERING (HONOURS)

Approved abbreviation

BEng(Hons)

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 a 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

The minor will not appear on the testamur, but will appear on the academic transcript

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable

Honours

The Honours component of this degree is embedded into the course.

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.