Courses Handbook 2010

131510 v.3 Bachelor of Science (Physics), Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic and Communication Engineering)

BSc(Curtin), BEng(Curtin) OR BEng(Hons)(Curtin)

Course CRICOS Code: 041800F
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 5 Years


This double degree program provides graduates with a background in the physics of electrical devices and systems and a versatility which opens up a wider range of employment opportunities.

Specific Requirements

STAT is not accepted for mature age entry but may be used to demonstrate English competence requirements.


In certain cases, the need to complete special units may result in an extension of studies beyond the normal length of the course.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis by the Course Coordinator/Head of Department.

Duration and Availability

The course is of five years full-time study. It is not available part-time. Two intakes are offered each year in March and August. Prospective students should note that places may not always be available for the August intake.

Course Organisation

The first six semesters of this course focus on the development of fundamentals in physics, mathematics, data analysis, computing and engineering. During semesters five and six, students are required to undertake a physics research project supervised by one of the Department's research groups. The final four semesters are devoted entirely to the completion of the engineering component of the program. Students enrolled in the double degree program may elect to transfer to a single degree course in one of the two disciplines. In this event the relevant Head of Department shall determine the amount of credit to be transferred to the single degree. The structure of Engineering, Science and Computing owned double degrees is such that students have the option of completing the component Engineering, Science or Computing degree in the minimum time, provided they elect to change from the double degree within the first two semesters of the course.

Professional Recognition

Graduates from these programs meet the academic requirements for Graduate Membership of Engineers Australia and the Australian Institute of Physics.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

For more information contact the Career Consultant, in the Faculty of Science and Engineering on (08) 9266 4816, email or visit our website

Course Structure Disclaimer

Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

Course Structure Hrs/Wk Credit
Year 1
307545 v.1   Bachelor of Engineering Pre-Major 200.0
Year 2 Semester 1
12706 v.3   Electrical Circuits 203 4.0 25.0
12709 v.2   Mathematics 277 4.0 25.0
308789 v.1   Probability Theory 201 3.0 12.5
7908 v.4   Physical Measurements 201 3.0 25.0
7910 v.7   Radiation Physics 201 3.0 12.5
Year 2 Semester 2
12711 v.4   Electrical Systems 204 5.0 25.0
1744 v.3   Structure of Matter 102 3.0 12.5
302931 v.1   Physical Measurements 203 1.5 12.5
308780 v.1   Signal and Systems 202 5.0 25.0
7907 v.6   Particles and Waves 201 3.0 25.0
Year 3 Semester 1
308768 v.1   Foundations of Digital Design 201 5.0 25.0
308798 v.1   Control Systems 301 4.0 25.0
8127 v.6   Advanced Calculus 201 4.0 25.0
9765 v.4   Quantum and Statistical Physics 301 4.0 25.0
Year 3 Semester 2
11592 v.3   Solid State Physics 302 2.0 25.0
2894 v.4   Microcomputers 202 3.0 12.5
308781 v.1   Electronic Fundamentals 202 5.0 25.0
7911 v.7   Applied Optics 302 2.0 12.5
8717 v.6   Electromagnetism 302 3.0 25.0
Year 4 Semester 1
10165 v.3   Communications Engineering 303 5.0 25.0
12991 v.2   Physics Project 301 5.0 25.0
9414 v.5   Electronic Design 301 5.0 25.0
Year 4 Semester 2
12834 v.4   Digital Signal Processing 304 5.0 25.0
12845 v.3   Communications Engineering 304 5.0 25.0
12992 v.3   Physics Project 302 5.0 25.0
9415 v.5   Electronic Design 302 5.0 25.0
Year 5 Semester 1
12838 v.4   Engineering Project 401 10.0 25.0
307660 v.4   Engineering Sustainable Development 201 2.0 12.5
307664 v.1   Engineering Law 202 2.0 12.5
308795 v.1   Communications Signal Processing 401 5.0 25.0
Year 5 Semester 2
12844 v.5   Engineering Project 402 5.0 25.0
12847 v.5   Data Communications and Networking 304 5.0 25.0
12849 v.4   Mobile Radio Communications 402 5.0 25.0
310683 v.1   Engineering Management 302 4.0 25.0
N1      Optional units in semester 1, year 4 are to be selected as follows: 12.5 credits from 2nd or 3rd year Physics units and 12.5 credits from Engineering units, both to be chosen in consultation with the course coordinator
N2      Optional units in semester 1, year 5 are to be selected from 2nd or 3rd year Physics units and are to be chosen in consultation with the course coordinator


Year Location Period All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2010 Bentley Campus Semester 1   Y      
2010 Bentley Campus Semester 2   Y      

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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