Civil Engineering

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UAC Code: 
425400
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Assumed: 
HSC Maths Ext. 1 and Physics
T3 Entry: 
Yes
George Chard

UNSW Engineering offers a world class engineering program, a massive amount of clubs and societies, impressive student-led projects and numerous exchange opportunities – it was a definite first choice for me.

George Chard

What's it all about?

■  This broad profession is responsible for projects that enhance the overall quality of life. They design, construct, manage, operate and maintain the infrastructure that supports modern society. This includes buildings, bridges, roads, tunnels, airfields, dams, ports and harbours, railways, new mines, water supply and sewerage schemes, irrigation systems and more.

What does it include?

■  This highly sought after UNSW degree provides students with an excellent grounding in civil engineering fundamentals and applications. You’ll study structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, transport engineering and water engineering, as well as construction and management. In your fourth year, you can specialise through a full suite of electives.

Where will you work?

■  Civil Engineering is very broad and affords opportunities for involvement in many specialist activities. Students investigate, plan, design and manage projects, in the office and in the field. Civil engineers are employed in specialist consulting firms, construction companies, large public companies, government organisations that construct, manage and maintain public utilities, and in financial and management consultancies.

Dual degrees

■  Dual degrees are a great way of graduating with a wider breadth of knowledge, better preparing you for your future career. For more information, visit our dual degrees page to find one that suits your interests.

Program outlines

■  Sample program outlines are given in the tables below. If you would like to see a downloadable version of these outlines, please visit our student resources page.

Sample Program Outlines*

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
ENGG1000 Engineering Design and Innovation A team project over a ten week period to solve a practical problem. The key skills developed include concept development, critical thinking and evaluation skills.
MATH1131 Maths 1A Students have the option to enrol in either MATH1131 or MATH1141. MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth. Assumed knowledge for MATH1141: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined HSC mark in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 over 175.
MATH1141 Higher Maths 1A Students have the option to enrol in either MATH1131 or MATH1141. MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth. Assumed knowledge for MATH1141: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined HSC mark in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 over 175.
PHYS1121 Physics 1A Assumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent. Students that are highly competent in physics may instead enrol in PHYS1131.
PHYS1131 Higher Physics 1A Covers the same content as PHYS1121, however features more advanced assessment.

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
Level 1 Elective Level 1 Prescribed Elective Recommendations for different degrees in link.
ENGG1300 Engineering Mechanics This is an introductory subject in engineering mechanics dealing with statics and dynamics. MATH1131/41 and PHYS1121/31/41 are prerequisites.
MATH1231 Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141. Students that are highly competent (mark >65) in mathematics may instead enrol in MATH1241.
MATH1241 Higher Maths 1B Students have the option to enrol in either MATH1231 or MATH1241. MATH1241 covers the same topics as MATH1231 but in greater depth. A minimum mark of 65 in MATH1131 or MATH1141 is required for enrolment in MATH1241 instead of MATH1231.

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
Level 1 Elective Level 1 Prescribed Elective Recommendations for different degrees in link.
ENGG1811 Computing for Engineers This course is for engineering students to acquire computing skills for solving computational problems such as simulation, numerical methods, process control and information management.
Discipline Elective Discipline Elective Recommendations for different degrees in link.

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
ENGG2400 Mechanics of Solids 1 Prereq: ENGG1300 and MATH1231/41. An introduction to the strength of materials: revision of statics and properties of sections.
ENGG2500 Fluid Mechanics for Engineers An Introduction to the concepts within water engineering.
MATH2019 Engineering Mathematics 2E This course is a prerequisite for MMAN2300 and MMAN3200. Students enrolled in a Dual Degree with Physics will need to complete MATH2121 (or MATH2221 if you want the more challenging course) instead of MATH2019.

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN2002 Engineering Computations An introduction to the application of advanced analytical, statistical and numerical techniques.
CVEN2303 Structural Analysis and Modelling Refer to the UNSW Handbook.
CVEN2401 Sustainable Transport and High Engineering Refer to the UNSW Handbook.

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN2101 Engineering Construction Refer to the UNSW Handbook.
CVEN3101 Engineering Operations and Control This subject is an introduction to the general principles of the organisation and control of engineering operations.
CVEN3202 Soil Mechanics An introductory course to fundamentals of soil mechanics.

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN3303 Steel Structures Refer to the UNSW Handbook.
CVEN3501 Water Resources Engineering Refer to the UNSW Handbook.
General Education General Education You can't select a General Education course from within your own faculty.

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN3031 Civil Engineering Practices Refer to the UNSW Handbook.
CVEN3304 Concrete Structures Refer to the UNSW Handbook.
CVEN3502 Water and Wastewater Engineering Refer to the UNSW Handbook.

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
Experience Industrial Training or Exchange Opportunity Gain international exposure and/or industry experience

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN4050 Thesis A Students may take CVEN 4591/4952/4953 Research Thesis A, B or C OR CVEN 4032/4033 Higher Honours Thesis A and B with permission from the School
Discipline Elective Discipline Elective ** If you take CVEN4951 Research Thesis A then you must take CVEN4701, CVEN4002 or CVEN4003 as a discipline elective
General Education General Education You can't select a General Education course from within your own faculty.

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN4051 Thesis B Students may take CVEN 4591/4952/4953 Research Thesis A, B or C OR CVEN 4032/4033 Higher Honours Thesis A and B with permission from the School
Discipline Elective Discipline Elective ** If you take CVEN4951 Research Thesis A then you must take CVEN4701, CVEN4002 or CVEN4003 as a discipline elective
Discipline Elective Discipline Elective ** If you take CVEN4951 Research Thesis A then you must take CVEN4701, CVEN4002 or CVEN4003 as a discipline elective

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN3203 Applied Geotechnics and Engineering Geology Pre-requisite CVEN2201 or CVEN3202
Discipline Elective Discipline Elective ** If you take CVEN4951 Research Thesis A then you must take CVEN4701, CVEN4002 or CVEN4003 as a discipline elective

* To find more information about the courses and to view the course outlines, see the programs page on the School of Civil Engineering website. The programs outlined above are intended as a guide only. The Faculty of Engineering reserves the right to change any information herein without prior notice. Students should seek approval from their relevant Schools before using these guides.