Flexible First Year

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Haotian Li

Engineering is an opportunity to apply my interest in physics and mathematics to solve real life problems. I’m so glad to be doing that at the best engineering institute in Australia.

Haotian Li

What's it all about?

■ A key part of UNSW’s commitment to help students grow into their career, the Flexible First Year degree is for those who know they want to be an engineer, but have yet to work out which direction to take. It allows you to explore a number of areas before deciding upon your final specialisation.

What does it include?

■ The first year of engineering study has a core of common subjects, plus a wide choice of electives. It allows you to study a number of areas that appeal to you without making a formal commitment to a specific engineering degree. Flexible First Year students need to enrol in five core subjects. You are then encouraged to select electives from the options listed, focusing on those required in the degree you are considering for future years. Upon completion of the Flexible First Year degree, you can transfer into the engineering degree of your choice.

Where will you work?

■ As long as you choose your first year electives carefully, you should complete your degree in the same time as those who chose that path from year one. You will also graduate fully qualified and with the exact same knowledge in your area of choice. From your second year you can specialise in a particular field of engineering, which opens up a huge range of career options.

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.

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.
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
COMP1911 Computing 1A This course is designed for non-computing majors who want a solid introduction to programming.
COMP1511 Introduction to programming For students with an interest in computing who wish to be extended may consider this course
MATH1131 Maths 1A Assumed knowledge: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined mark of at least 100 in Mathematics and Mathematics Extension 1.
MATH1141 Higher Maths 1A You should take this course if you have a combined HSC Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 mark over 175.
PHYS1121 Physics 1A Assumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent.
PHYS1131 Higher Physics 1A Covers the same content as PHYS1121, however features more advanced assessment.

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
MATH1231 Maths 1B
MATH1241 Higher Maths 1B
Read more Engineering Elective Choose as your electives the required electives that would give greatest coverage of the streams that you are interested in.
Read more Engineering Elective Some electives are required for later year courses so selection is important.
Read more Engineering Elective Students should seek advice from schools and the Engineering Student Centre.

* The programs outlined above are intended as a guide only and are not an exhaustive list of the possible degree combinations or program structures. 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.