Advanced Engineering and Talented IT student Programs

The Advanced Engineering and Talented IT student programs are open to students with outstanding academic ability (a ATAR of 98 or higher). They offer the opportunity to work at the advanced level in Junior Science, Engineering or IT subjects or in a small supervised project group tackling a specific engineering problem relevant to the modern community.

Entry to these programs is by invitation from the Dean following the release of HSC results. The Advanced Engineering program is available in all engineering disciplines. The Talented IT Student program is available in all IT degrees. Both programs continue in Year 2, 3 and 4, enabling students to expand on the skills acquired during the first year.

Year 1 Interdisciplinary Project or Advanced Science

Students who have achieved excellent results in their Science subjects at high school level will be invited to continue at the advanced level in 1st year university. Alternately, students will be invited to work on a series of exciting research projects which aim to address humanitarian and sustainability issues. All projects have a common theme: to design appropriate technology using low cost, sustainable energy. Sustainable, easily manufactured products and solutions for the undeveloped world are unlikely to be produced by the free market economy. Working on these projects gives students an acute awareness of the needs of impoverished communities in comparison to the voracious energy appetite of our own society. By the end of the year, students will be well-qualified to participate in debate about possible solutions for the future.

Year 2 Business Planning - Turning a good idea into reality

This course aims to extend student experience beyond the design and build phase of engineering to the business planning necessary to market and manufacture a developed, but immature product. Students will have the opportunity to model a range of skills used by professional engineers in a business environment. These include planning, strategy development, assessment of a business proposition, and financial planning.

This course will give students insights into the processes of business planning, requiring them to define business environments, analyse business situations, develop specific business objectives, plan and implement strategies and actions and evaluate their results. Students work in teams in order to effectively simulate professional practice. The course concludes with a public presentation of the business plans, in the form of a 'pitch' to potential investors.

Year 3 Engineering Technology Education

Students will work in a group to develop an educational unit for Year 9 High School students which will involve them in some aspect of engineering science or technology. At the same time, students have a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of, and an interest in, studying engineering. The units need to be designed with due regard to the teaching and learning process. Activities undertaken reflect aspects of professional engineering practice.

Year 4 Interdisciplinary Project

The aim of this unit is to develop an understanding of the practice of engineering, utilising a diverse range of skills to solve complex problems. Students have the opportunity to model a range of skills, in design, analysis and management, used by professional engineers, by undertaking a significant project in a multi-disciplinary team comprising students from across the faculty.

Years 1,2,3,4 Advanced Specialist Projects

Project units are also available for Advanced Engineering and IT Talented Student program students to take part in research focused projects that are supervised by specialist groups within the schools. Students will enhance their attributes in areas of teamwork, research, scientific investigation and problem solving, while at the same time working on projects relevant to their stream of Engineering or IT. These projects often involve collaboration with postgraduates from leading research groups both at the university and from other universities or external groups. They are a good lead-up experience for students contemplating postgraduate research.