Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Electrical)

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Create a brighter future. The Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Electrical) will develop your ability to design and build the systems and machines that generate, transmit, measure, control and use electrical energy. It will position you to tackle the world’s biggest challenges in health, education and the environment.



You will learn from industry-leading professionals how electrical energy is produced and used in homes, the community and in industry. Throughout your studies you will develop a foundational knowledge of electrical circuits, electronics and computer systems, signals and communications, power systems, control, energy systems and management.



During this four-year degree you will gain core skills in physics, mathematics, computer science and basic electrical engineering principles, before specialising in a variety of fields within the discipline, such as biomedical engineering, energy engineering and automatic control. In your third and fourth years, you can take electives to add breadth and depth to your studies. Choose from management and high-technology disciplines, including:

  • microelectronics

  • image processing

  • telecommunications

  • photonics

  • power electronics

  • real-time control

  • energy

  • biomedical engineering.


  • Through a 12-week internship you will develop first-hand industry experience and networks, complemented by an embedded honours thesis. It enables you to design an individual research project in an area that interests you.



    With a growing need for more efficient energy networks and an ever-increasing reliance on technology within society, there has never been a more exciting time to launch your career in electrical engineering.




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    The Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Electrical) is a four year degree that has foundations in physics, mathematics, computer science and basic electrical engineering principles.

    Course outline

    Study Plan

    The Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Electrical Engineering) is undertaken full-time over four 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.

    The course is designed to be flexible, with foundation material in first and later year encouraging specialisation in a variety of fields within the discipline, such as biomedical engineering, energy engineering and automatic control. In third and fourth year, electives are offered in management and numerous modern, high-technology disciplines including microelectronics, image processing, telecommunications, photonics, power electronics, real time control, energy and biomedical engineering. Students undertake an Honours thesis or engineering project in fourth year.

    Units of study information for this degree

    Majors

    What is a major?

    There are over 15 engineering majors to choose from.

    The majors that best align with this stream are Computer Engineering, Internet of Things, Power Engineering and Telecommunications Engineering.

    Depending on your engineering stream, some majors may require additional study. Certain majors may also have limited capacity.

    There is no requirement to complete a major. A major requires the completion of 24 credit points chosen from units of study listed in the table for that major; satisfying any additional requirements specified for the major; and the completion of a thesis project that is deemed relevant to the topic of the major.

    Core majors

    Optional majors

    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. For satisfactory progress, students must pass any unit of study deemed critical to progression through the course.

    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 and 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.

    Course opportunities

    The Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Electrical) includes a mandatory 10-12 week practical/industrial placement, plant and site visits, and opportunities for the development of significant professional relationships with industry partners.

    Course outcomes and further study

    Graduate opportunities

    Electrical engineers design, create, develop and manage systems in areas such as computer systems, electronics and telecommunications. A degree in electrical engineering may lead to a career in grid maintenance and stability contractor, industry power supply engineer, power transmission and generating systems engineering, specialised consulting companies and telecommunications.

    Course accreditation

    Sydney engineering awards are accredited by Engineering Australia www.engineersaustralia.org.au and by other major professional engineering institutions. Our graduates are recognised internationally through the Washington Accord of the International Engineering Alliance www.washingtonaccord.org

    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.

    About honours

    To qualify for the award of the Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Electrical Engineering) 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 (Electrical Engineering).

    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.

    The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

    How to apply

    Domestic students

    How to apply

    Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Refer to the UAC website for key dates.

    Current students applying to transfer from one bachelor degree to another, apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the transferring courses page.

    Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor degree must apply through UAC.

    For other useful information, visit our How to Apply page.

    Assumed knowledge

    HSC Mathematics Extension 1 and Physics. 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.

    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.

    Important Fee Information

    Domestic students

    Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

    The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 2017 amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol.

    For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

    Annual review and fee increases

    Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

    Additional incidental costs

    For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

    Credit card surcharge

    Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

    Potential for inaccuracy

    Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

    International students

    Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students

    The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

    For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

    Annual review and fee increases

    Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

    Additional incidental costs and health insurance

    For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

    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.

    Credit card surcharge

    Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

    Potential for inaccuracy

    Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.