Why study the Bachelors of Engineering (Honours)/Commerce

Refer to the Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) and the Bachelor of Commerce for information.
Note: Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Commerce prior to 2015 may refer to course and program information for previous years here.
Bachelor of Engineering course list (pre-2015)
Bachelor of Commerce course list (pre-2015)

Summary

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 or equivalent English, Mathematics B, plus one of Chemistry or Physics. Both Chemistry and Physics, and Mathematics C are recommended.

Students without Mathematics C and/or another high school prerequisite may be required to undertake preparatory courses beyond the 88 units for the program and may not be able to complete the program in the minimum time frame without overloading or undertaking summer study.

Program structure

The Bachelors of Engineering (Honours)/Commerce is made up of two course lists:

Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

The Bachelors of Engineering (Honours)/Commerce has a single set of Program Rules, which explain what is required to complete the dual program. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Honours

Honours is awarded to all graduates of this program. Honours is awarded in the following classes:

  • Class I
  • Class IIA
  • Class IIB
  • Class IIIA
  • Class IIIB

Class of honours depends on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules.

Practicals, placements and internships

Completion of 60 days of Engineering Professional Practice to satisfy the requirements of Engineers Australia.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Association of Certified Chartered Accountants
  • Australian Computer Society
  • Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
  • Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand
  • Chartered Secretaries Australia Limited
  • Certified Practising Accountants Australia
  • Engineers Australia
  • Financial Services Institute of Australasia
  • Institution of Chemical Engineers
  • Institute of Public Accountants
  • Taxation Institute of Australia

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelors of Engineering (Honours)/Commerce have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Courses and Programs

Majors

The following is a list of majors available in the Bachelors of Engineering (Honours)/Commerce.

When you graduate, any majors, dual majors and extended majors you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.

Accounting

Courses allow you to develop the skills necessary to practice in the accounting profession. Students complete the accounting major and use their electives to study the necessary prerequisites for associate membership of the key Australian accounting professional bodies, Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA) Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA).

Business Information Systems

This major is designed for those who wish to obtain education and in-depth training in the analysis, design, implementation and maintenance of computer systems. Courses facilitate the development of information systems skills in a business environment. You will also gain the skills to design, develop and manage computer applications involving accounting data.

Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineers invent, design, and manage products and processes that transform raw materials into valuable products using the latest knowledge of biology, chemistry and physics to ensure minimum loss of materials and consumption of energy. This value-adding must be safe, economical and environmentally sound. It is a rapidly changing profession with chemical engineers working at the cutting-edge of fields such as molecular biology, nano-materials and chemistry, physics, mathematics and information technology.

Chemical engineers design both products and the processes needed for their commercial-scale production. They also manage operation and optimisation of these processes to produce such products as petrol, plastics, instant coffee, pharmaceuticals, and artificial blood.

Civil Engineering

Civil engineers provide for people's needs, and are expert in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of facilities that contribute to modern life. They understand the way in which natural phenomena behave, including water and wind, and how buildings of all kinds are able to resist loads. They work with buildings, bridges, roads, harbours, dams, airports, coastal protection, water supply and public health. Civil engineers apply their theoretical knowledge to produce efficient and economic facilities that are aesthetically pleasing and satisfy society's needs. They have an aptitude for mathematics and physics and a desire to meet environmental and technological challenges. Students can study in the areas of structural engineering, hydraulic engineering, transportation engineering, geomechanics, hydrology and public health engineering, or management, construction and economics.
Civil engineers provide expert financial and technical advice, and plan and coordinate projects from concepts through to completion.

Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineering is concerned with electrical and electronic devices and systems. Electrical engineers work with equipment ranging from heavy power generators to tiny computer chips. Their work contributes to almost every sector of society: for example, home theatre entertainment systems, mobile phones, digital cameras and television to enhance our lifestyle, medical imaging systems for improved health care, electrical appliances for homes, scientific instruments for laboratories, lasers for reliable high speed communication, handheld multimedia devices to provide information on the move, and satellite systems for remote sensing of the environment and reliable mobile and fixed energy systems to power all of these.
Electrical engineers usually work in one of six speciality areas: power generation and transmission; electronics; computers; communication systems; instrumentation and measurement; and automatic controls. Career opportunities are found in the telecommunications industry, mining and transport sector, computer industry, or in power generation and transmission industries. They are also employed by electronics companies, both large and small. Many of our graduates are forming their own companies quite early in their careers.

Finance

In this major you will undertake courses in financial management, portfolio management, and corporate finance principles including risk assessment and business statistics.

Mechanical Engineering

One of the broadest areas of engineering activity, mechanical engineers have a strong understanding of fundamental engineering science and mathematics and use this to design and maintain a wide range of machines and engineering systems. Mechanical engineers design and oversee the manufacture of machinery and equipment for all branches of industry, including major operations such as power plants. If failures occur, they analyse the cause of the failure and determine how to avoid this in the future. Mechanical Engineers develop methods for the economical combustion of fuels, the conversion of heat energy into mechanical power and the use of that power to perform useful work.

Mining Engineering

Mining engineering is the extraction of valuable ores from the ground for processing and utilisation. It involves all phases of mining operations: from exploration and discovery, through feasibility, development, production, processing and marketing, to final land restoration and rehabilitation. Responsibility for the development and production phases of a mine requires a broad knowledge of all mining operations and skills in leadership and industrial relations.
Graduates are employed by mining companies, initially at the mining centres where minerals are extracted. With experience, mining engineers progress to senior managers or technical specialists, mine inspectors and advisers to government bodies. Many are employed by international companies, and gain overseas experience. Mining engineers are also employed by civil engineering companies to supervise tunnelling and open-cut operations for railways, roads, hydroelectric and sewerage works.

Software Engineering

Software engineering is the systematic approach to the development, operation, maintenance and retirement of software; the controlling element of computer-based systems. As society becomes even more dependent on computers, one of the biggest challenges is the creation of new software necessary to make computers useful. Software engineering deals with the challenges associated with large-scale, high quality software: size and complexity, cooperation between developers, clients and users, and evolution of software over time to maintain its value. Software engineers use principles of computer science, engineering, design, management, psychology, sociology and other disciplines to design and manage large software systems. Team and individual projects are a focus of this plan, an approach valued by employers.

Sometimes dual programs will have different majors to the ones listed on course lists, or on individual program pages for each of its component degrees.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. Full definitions of majors are available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

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