Courses Handbook 2010

307020 v.1 Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Construction Engineering), Bachelor of Science (Mining)

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

Course CRICOS Code: 050568A
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 5 Years


Civil Engineering involves the application of basic scientific and technological principles to the design and construction of facilities infrastructure for the welfare of the community. It is concerned with such projects as railways, harbours and docks, road systems, bridges, water supply and wastewater treatment, dams, tunnels and underground construction, power projects, offshore structures and commercial and industrial buildings. Many engineering projects require a close working relationship with other groups - other types of engineers, planners, architects and environmental scientists. More detailed knowledge of mining engineering will allow Civil graduates to gain a qualification that extends their expertise into the mining field and allow them to work in the mining industry.

Specific Requirements

1. To satisfy professional requirements, students must complete at least twelve weeks of approved work experience associated with engineering in industry before completion of course studies. Students may make their own arrangements for employment or seekthe assistance of Careers and prospective student service. Students are strongly urged to consider twelve weeks a minimum and to undertake as much additional work experience as they can. Students are required to submit a report covering th ework carried out. Further details regarding the work/ report required are available from the Department of Civil Engineering; 2. A current certificate of successful completion of an approved course in first aid is required before a degree will be awarded; 3. The STAT is not accepted for entry to this course;

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

Duration and Availability

5 years full-time study or part-time equivalent

Course Organisation

The course develops skills and understanding in the fundamental aspects of engineering, specifically in the areas of structures, soils, water and construction, which provides the engineer with excellent skills and understanding of civil engineering and construction technology. The first two years are spent acquiring and developing basic knowledge and skills required for later use in design and construction. Scientific and mathematical topics are important, as are the fundamentals of materials behaviour,stress analysis and engineering drawing computing. Later civil studies take on more advanced study of structural analysis and design, materials, geotechnical engineering, construction engineering and hydraulics, construction management for large civil engineering projects, construction control, industrial relations, contract law, cost estimation and finance. A final year project is also undertaken. The BEng (Civil and Construction Engineering) component of the course can be awarded with honours to outstanding candidates. Mining engineering subjects include aspects of surface and underground mining, materials handling and mining methods. These build on and compliment earlier civil engineering studies.

Professional Recoginition

The civil engineering components of this course have been accorded full recognition by Engineers Australia and exempt graduates from all academic requirements for corporate membership of Engineers Australia. To qualify for corporate membership of Engineers Australia a graduate also requires a minimum of four years approved experience following the award of the Bachelor of Engineering degree. This course includes units recognised by the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and some overseas institutions. Graduates, after a set period of time in industry, can apply to the Department of Minerals and Energy Western Australia, for a certificate as a manger of open cast mines.

Career Opportunities

Demand for civil and construction engineers remains strong. Employment for graduates is mainly with federal, state or municipal authorities, consulting engineers, large contractors and/or specialist subcontractors. Many graduates find work interstate or overseas.

Additional Course Expenses

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

Further Information

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

Special Note

The curriculum was revised during 2003 and the revised program is being phased in from 2004 to 2007. Information on the pre-2004 course structure and units for students who commenced this course prior to 2004 is available by consulting the 2003 Curtin Courses Handbook or by contacting your course coordinator for the transitional phase. For details on the honours classes refer to the General Section of the Handbook.

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
308807 v.1   Fluid Mechanics 230 4.0 25.0
308865 v.1   Structural Analysis 267 7.0 25.0
308866 v.1   Civil Engineering Materials 267 5.0 25.0
308867 v.1   Civil Engineering Methods 267 6.0 25.0
Year 2 Semester 2
302784 v.1   Structural Design 266 6.0 25.0
308864 v.1   Geotechnical Engineering 268 4.5 25.0
308868 v.1   Structural Analysis 268 6.0 25.0
7601 v.2   Civil Engineering Analysis 262 5.0 25.0
Year 3 Semester 1
11860 v.2   Civil Engineering Project Management 363 3.0 12.5
302788 v.1   Structural Analysis 365 6.0 25.0
302791 v.2   Water Engineering 361 3.5 12.5
308873 v.1   Civil and Structural Design 365 6.0 25.0
308874 v.1   Geotechnical and Earthworks 367 5.5 25.0
Year 3 Semester 2
11862 v.3   Civil Engineering Cost Planning and Control 362 3.0 12.5
308883 v.1   Water and Environmental Engineering 362 6.0 25.0
308884 v.1   Civil and Structural Design 366 6.0 25.0
308885 v.1   Construction Technology and Methods 368 3.0 12.5
308886 v.1   Geotechnical Engineering 368 4.0 12.5
308887 v.1   Transportation Engineering 366 3.0 12.5
Year 4 Semester 1
303154 v.4   Mining Geomechanics 331 5.0 25.0
309994 v.2   Mining Systems 331 4.0 25.0
310044 v.3   Introduction to Resource Estimation 311 3.0 12.5
310052 v.2   Socio-Environmental Aspects of Mining 331 5.0 25.0
311214 v.2   Project Evaluation 331 3.0 12.5
Year 4 Semester 2
303150 v.3   Rock Breakage 332 4.0 25.0
309995 v.2   Mine Planning 332 5.0 25.0
310056 v.3   Mine Management 432 4.0 25.0
Year 5 Semester 1
11863 v.5   Civil Engineering Practices and Procedures 463 3.0 12.5
302796 v.1   Integrated Design and Construction 463 6.0 25.0
302802 v.2   Sustainable Development in Civil Engineering 461 3.0 12.5
4158 v.6   Civil Engineering Project 461 2.0 25.0
Year 5 Semester 2
11868 v.2   Civil Engineering Quality Control 464 3.0 12.5
302807 v.1   Integrated Design and Construction 464 6.0 25.0
4170 v.6   Civil Engineering Project 462 2.0 25.0
Optional Units to Select from in Year 4 Semester 2 Hrs/Wk Credit
309996 v.2   Underground Mining Systems 332 4.0 25.0
310000 v.2   Surface Mining Systems 432 4.0 25.0
310055 v.2   Mine Ventilation 332 4.0 25.0
Optional Units to Select from in Year 5 Semester 1 Hrs/Wk Credit
302797 v.1   Geotechnical Engineering 465 3.0 12.5
302798 v.1   Transportation Engineering 461 3.0 12.5
302799 v.1   Water Engineering 465 3.0 12.5
302800 v.1   Structural Engineering 461 3.0 12.5
302801 v.1   Construction Technology 463 3.0 12.5
Optional Units to Select from in Year 5 Semester 2 Hrs/Wk Credit
302808 v.1   Transportation Engineering 462 3.0 12.5
302810 v.1   Water Engineering 466 3.0 12.5
302811 v.1   Geotechnical Engineering 466 3.0 12.5
302812 v.1   Structural Engineering 462 3.0 12.5
302814 v.2   Environmental Engineering 462 3.0 12.5


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

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*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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