Bachelor of Engineering Honours and Bachelor of Commerce

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Bachelor of Engineering Honours and Bachelor of Commerce are offered in a combined degree that will allow you to graduate with two qualifications after five years of study. This combined degree is designed to satisfy the increasing demand for engineering professionals with business skills and extend the management component of the Bachelor of Engineering Honours. You are able to combine any engineering stream with a commerce degree.

Course outline

Study plan

The combined Bachelor of Engineering Honours and Bachelor of Commerce is undertaken full-time over five years. Students enrol in junior units of study with a maximum 48 credit points during first year. A typical unit of study has a value of 6 credit points.

In the Bachelor of Engineering Honours degree students will complete core and available elective units of study as required by their engineering stream.

In the Bachelor of Commerce degree students will complete 6 core units of study (30 junior credit points + 6 senior credit points = 36 credit points) and a major (minimum 36 credit points of senior units of study) from the following subject areas: accounting; business information systems; commercial law; econometrics; economics; finance; industrial relations and human resource management; international business; management; marketing; operations management and decision sciences.

Majors

What is a major?

Within the Bachelor of Commerce a major is usually a three-year defined sequence of study (in some cases, a two-year sequence applies), generally comprising specified units of study in a particular subject area. Majors are included on students' testamurs. The combined Bachelor of Engineering Honours and Bachelor of Commerce requires that students complete at least one commerce major. In most cases, a commerce major consists of at least 36 credit points in senior units of study from a single subject area of study.

Further course information

Progression rules

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies will monitor students for satisfactory progress towards the completion of the Bachelor of Engineering Honours. In addition to the common triggers used to identify students not meeting academic progression requirements (as defined by the progression requirements of the Coursework Rule), students must pass any unit of study identified in the course resolutions as being critical to progression through the course.

The University of Sydney Business School will also monitor students for satisfactory progress towards the completion of the Bachelor of Commerce. Students will be regarded as not meeting academic progression requirements if they have failed to complete 50% of the units of study in which they have enrolled in a semester, have failed a compulsory unit of study, have failed a unit of study more than once or will not be able to complete degree requirements within the time limit.

What is an elective?

An elective is a unit of study within a degree, usually an option within a course. Electives allow more detailed study of a particular subject.

Engineering electives are often recommended within an engineering stream as they are directly related to, or build a more comprehensive understanding of content taught in, core units of study within that stream. Each stream will also list acceptable alternative units of study, and free electives, providing a flexible study plan.

In this combined degree commerce electives can be selected from the University of Sydney Business School

Course opportunities

All streams of the Bachelor of Engineering Honours include a mandatory 10-12 week practical/industrial placement, plant and site visits, and opportunities for the development of significant professional relationships with industry partners.

The Bachelor of Engineering Honours and Information Technologies and the Bachelor of Commerce both offer one-year exchange programs with universities around the world.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies enjoys strong professional and research links with Australian and global industry, affording unparalleled opportunities for Sydney Engineering graduates. See the details provided separately within each school of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Bachelor of Commerce graduates can be found working as chartered accountants, business information systems analysts, financiers, industrial relations advisers, human resource managers, marketing officers and market researchers, commercial risk analysts or policy developers, and business operations mangers. Australian government departments at all levels recruit outstanding commerce graduates. Employers value the maturity, interpersonal skills, written and oral communication and teamwork skills of Sydney graduates. Our Careers and Employer Relations Office (CEO) provides access to advice, resources and a wide range of employer activities in the corporate and public sectors.

Course accreditation

Sydney engineering degrees are accredited by Engineering Australia www.engineersaustralia.org.auand by other major professional engineering institutions. Graduates are recognised internationally through the Washington Accord of the International Engineering Alliance www.washingtonaccord.org

Depending upon the major or majors completed, Bachelor of Commerce graduates may be eligible for accreditation as professional accountants with the CPA, ICAA; business information systems professionals with the Australian Computer Society (ACS); or as professional members of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI)

Prescribed units of study must be undertaken in specific majors to meet accreditation requirements.

Further study

The faculty provides a link between postgraduate students in the different Engineering disciplines, and offers a welcoming and supportive environment in which to undertake challenging coursework programs and research. The faculty's postgraduate coursework and research are focused on industrial applications supported by strong fundamental research programs run by internationally recognised academics.

The postgraduate programs available in commerce draw on the strengths of the University of Sydney Business School to assist students to develop the advanced skills and knowledge required for a high-level position in industry, commerce, and government. Our Masters degrees and Graduate Diplomas offer specialised education in one or two of the following areas: accounting, banking, business and security, business and society, business decision sciences, business information systems, business law, business statistics, economics, entrepreneurship, employment relations and human resource management, finance, governance, international business, marketing, organisational analysis and strategy, quantitative finance, strategic management, supply chain and logistics management, taxation and transport management.

About honours

The Bachelor of Engineering Honours and the Bachelor of Commerce both can be awarded with honours.

To qualify for the award of the Bachelor of Engineering Honours Degree, a candidate must successfully complete 192 credit points; which is made up of varying units from the Engineering Core Table, the Engineering Stream Core Table and the Engineering Stream Specialist Table. The candidate must also have an EWAM (Engineering Weighted Average Mark) of at least 65 immediately prior to the semester in which a thesis unit of study is first attempted; and have an EIHWAM (Engineering Integrated Honours Weighted Average Mark) of at least 65 at the completion of the degree. The candidate must complete the requirements within a time limit of 5 years. If a candidate passes the program but does not meet the requirements as listed above, then the candidate will graduate with a Bachelor of Engineering.

For the Bachelor of Commerce, students must successfully complete an additional honours year of study to be awarded with honours. The honours year provides knowledge and training for candidates in research methods as well as experience in planning, performing and writing up research under the guidance of a supervisor. This year involves a combination of coursework and research toward the writing of a short thesis. For detailed advice see the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)

Other study options

Cross-Institutional Study –
Provided permission has been obtained in advance, the Dean (or Delegate) may permit a student to complete a unit of study at another institution and have that unit credited to the student's course requirements, provided that:
(a) the resolutions of the student's course of enrolment do not specifically exclude cross-institutional study; and either;
(b) the unit of study content is not taught in any corresponding unit of study at the University; or
(c) the student is unable, for good reason, to attend a corresponding unit of study at the University

International Exchange –
The Faculty encourages students to participate in international exchange programs, except where specified otherwise in the resolutions for a particular course. Students must apply to the Head of the relevant School of Engineering and Information Technologies to obtain approval for their planned enrolment while on exchange. This guarantees that the units completed externally will be correctly matched to the core requirements of their Course.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for domestic mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking. Details of admission policies are found in the Coursework Rule.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Visit the How to Apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

Assumed knowledge

HSC Mathematics Extension 1, Physics and/or Chemistry. If you attempt engineering without this prior level of knowledge of Mathematics you may experience difficulty, so you are strongly advised to undertake an appropriate bridging course. Science assumed knowledge should be appropriate to the stream of engineering that is chosen.

Ancillary expenses

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

International students

How to apply

Visit the How to Apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

Ancillary expenses for international students

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

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