Courses Handbook 2010

308710 v.1 Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic and Communication Engineering)

BEng(Curtin) OR BEng(Hons)(Curtin)

Course CRICOS Code: 052795G
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 4 Years


This course requires a minimum of eight semesters of full-time study. The first four semesters are studied in common with all students. In the fifth semester, students commence specialisation in Electronic and Communication Engineering. The electronics and communication fields represent two of the fastest growing technology areas both in Australia and internationally and job opportunities in these fields abound. With the rapid progress of the information society, the role of communications is becoming even more crucial to increased industry efficiency and competitiveness. The reason lies in the decentralisation of computing power in both the office and factory environment and the ability of specialised communication networks to link all geographically and spatially separated elements. Most of us are familiar with the everyday agents of change in the electronics and communication driven revolution. These include transaction processing at banks and 'point of sale' supermarket outlets, electronic funds transfer, electronic mail, electronically automated booking systems for airlines and theatrical or sporting events, office and factory automation, together with intelligent home appliances.

Specific Requirements

STAT is not accepted for mature age entry to this course, but may be used to demonstrate English Competence requirements. Students are required to complete Senior First Aid training and provide evidence of it to the Faculty for graduation.


In certain cases, the need to complete these special units may result in extension of studies beyond the regular four year term. Students with other, or equivalent, qualifications should direct enquiries to the Head of the Department.

Recognition of Prior Learning

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

Duration and Availability

4 years' full-time study or part-time equivalent.

Course Organisation

Students undertake the Bachelor of Engineering Pre-Major in the first year and on successful completion proceed to the second year of an engineering discipline. Please refer to the section at the front of the Department of First Year Engineering Studiesto obtain details about the Bachelor of Engineering Pre-Major.

Professional Recognition

The Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic and Communication Engineering) has been accorded full recognition by Engineers Australia, exempting graduates from all academic requirements for Corporate Membership. To qualify for the grade of Corporate Member ofEngineers Australia, a graduate also requires a minimum of four years approved experience following the award of the Bachelor of Engineering degree. All degree courses are also recognised by various overseas professional institutions. Further information regarding membership of professional institutions can be obtained from the School of Engineering or from the Secretary, Engineers Australia, Western Australia Division. To satisfy requirements, students must complete at least 12 weeks or equivalent of exposure to professional practice. This requirement can be met by appropriate work experience. Students must demonstrate that they have met these requirements by using a formal log book to record their professional experiences during this period of their degree study.

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

Combined Degree Information

Electronic and Communication Engineering may be combined with Computer Science, Physics.

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
308768 v.1   Foundations of Digital Design 201 5.0 25.0
308775 v.1   Engineering Electromagnetics 201 3.0 12.5
308789 v.1   Probability Theory 201 3.0 12.5
Year 2 Semester 2
12711 v.4   Electrical Systems 204 5.0 25.0
12713 v.3   Embedded Software Engineering 204 3.0 12.5
2894 v.4   Microcomputers 202 3.0 12.5
308780 v.1   Signal and Systems 202 5.0 25.0
308781 v.1   Electronic Fundamentals 202 5.0 25.0
Year 3 Semester 1
10165 v.3   Communications Engineering 303 5.0 25.0
12855 v.4   Embedded Systems Engineering 301 4.0 25.0
308798 v.1   Control Systems 301 4.0 25.0
9414 v.5   Electronic Design 301 5.0 25.0
Year 3 Semester 2
12834 v.4   Digital Signal Processing 304 5.0 25.0
12845 v.3   Communications Engineering 304 5.0 25.0
310683 v.1   Engineering Management 302 4.0 25.0
9415 v.5   Electronic Design 302 5.0 25.0
Year 4 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 4 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
Optional Units to Select from in Year 4 Semester 1 Hrs/Wk Credit
12856 v.3   Microprocessors 401 4.0 25.0
308785 v.1   Power Electronics and Drives 401 5.0 25.0
Optional Units to Select from in Year 4 Semester 2 Hrs/Wk Credit
308787 v.1   Instrumentation and Control 402 5.0 25.0


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