Humanitarian Engineering Major

Overview

Humanitarian Engineering is the application of engineering to meet the needs of communities globally; while maintaining a focus on appropriateness and sustainability.

This major is the first of its kind in Australia. Humanitarian engineers are skilled engineers from all disciplines. They apply their skills and knowledge to challenges which arise in developing countries, during all stages of disasters, in indigenous communities and improving sustainability globally. In the major students will explore international aid and development, and learn from experienced practitioners and industry partners about how to work in developing communities, remote areas, and communities in disaster response and recovery.

Students will have the opportunity to conduct local or overseas fieldwork and apply their knowledge to analyse the challenges faced by Australia’s close neighbours, such as rapid urbanisation, persistent poverty and climate change. This major forms the foundation for a career in Humanitarian Engineering in public, private or not-for-profit sectors. This course develops core skills in multi-disciplinary team work and cross-cultural competence, as well as preparing globally-minded engineers, which are all highly valued graduate attributes to any employer.

This major best aligns with the Civil and Biomedical streams.

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Humanitarian Engineering Major

Achievement of a major in Humanitarian Engineering requires 48 credit points from this table including:
(i) 18 credit points of core units
(ii) 6 credit points of 1000-level selective units
(iii) 6 credit points of fieldwork selective units
(iv) 6 credit points of breadth selective units
(v) 12 credit points of 4000-level project units

Units of Study

Core units of study
ENGG1111
Integrated Engineering 1
6    N ENGG1803 or ENGG1061
Semester 1
Semester 2
CIVL3310
Humanitarian Engineering
6      Semester 1
CIVL5320
Engineering for Sustainable Development
6    P CIVL3310 OR CIVL9310
Semester 2
1000-level units of study
Selective units
AERO1560
Introduction to Aerospace Engineering
6    N ENGG1800 OR MECH1560 OR MTRX1701 OR CIVL1900 OR CHNG1108 OR AMME1960 OR BMET1960 OR ENGG1960
Semester 1
AMME1960
Biomedical Engineering 1A

This unit of study is not available in 2019

6    A HSC Mathematics Extension 1 (3 Unit)
N ENGG1960 or ENGG1800 or CIVL1900 or CHNG1108 or AERO1560 or MECH1560 or MTRX1701
Semester 1
CHNG1108
Introduction to Chemical Engineering
6    A HSC Mathematics and Chemistry
N ENGG1800 OR CIVL1900 OR MECH1560 OR AERO1560 OR AMME1960 OR BMET1960 OR MTRX1701 OR ENGG1960
Semester 1
CIVL1900
Introduction to Civil Engineering
6    A AK: HSC Mathematics Extension 1
N ENGG1800 OR CHNG1108 OR MECH1560 OR AERO1560 OR AMME1960 OR BMET1960 OR MTRX1701 OR ENGG1960
Semester 1
ENGG1800
Introduction to Engineering Disciplines
6    N CIVL1900 OR CHNG1108 OR MECH1560 OR AERO1560 OR AMME1960 OR BMET1960 OR MTRX1701 OR ENGG1960
Semester 1
MECH1560
Introduction to Mechanical Engineering
6    N AERO1560 OR MTRX1701 OR ENGG1800 OR CIVL1900 OR CHNG1108 OR AMME1960 OR BMET1960 OR ENGG1960


Limited Places due to TAFE component. Department Permission required for non-BE(Mech) students.
Semester 1
MTRX1701
Introduction to Mechatronic Engineering
6    N MECH1560 OR ENGG1800 OR AERO1560 OR CIVL1900 OR CHNG1108 OR AMME1960 OR BMET1960 OR ENGG1960
Semester 1
Fieldwork units of study
Selective units
SLIC3000
Service Learning in Indigenous Community

This unit of study is not available in 2019

6    A Advanced level disciplinary knowledge and strong written and oral communication skills.

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit is selective and requires application through faculty/school, and interview by a Service Learning unit of study panel.
Semester 1
Semester 2
SLIC4000
Service Learning in Indigenous Community

This unit of study is not available in 2019

6    A Senior level disciplinary knowledge and strong written and oral communication skills.

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit is selective and requires application through faculty/school, and interview by a Service Learning unit of study panel.
Semester 1
Semester 2
CIVL5330
Global Engineering Field Work
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Intensive December
Intensive July
Breadth units of study
ASNS2665
Understanding Southeast Asia
6    P 12 Junior credit points
Semester 1
EDUF3026
Global Perspectives, Poverty and Education
6    P 42 credit points of units
Semester 2
HSBH3009
International Health
6    P 48 credit points of units
N BACH3128
Semester 2
ITLS6007
Disaster Relief Operations
6    N TPTM6390
Intensive July
PMGT3857
International Project Management
6      Semester 2
4000-level units of study
Project units
AMME4111
Thesis A
6    P 36 cp of any 3000- or higher level units of study
N AMME4010 or AMME4122 or AMME4121


Prospective students in Thesis A are expected to have consulted with supervisors and selected a topic of interest at the end of third year, guided by the advertised list of suggested thesis topics and supervisors. Availability of topics is limited and students should undertake to speak with prospective supervisors as soon as possible. Students who are unable to secure a supervisor and topic will be allocated a supervisor by the unit coordinator. Alternatively, students may do a thesis with a supervisor in industry or in another university department. In this case, the student must also find a second supervisor within the School of AMME.
Semester 1
Semester 2
AMME4112
Thesis B
6    P 36 cp of any 3000- or higher level units of study
N AMME4121 or AMME4010 or AMME4122
Semester 1
Semester 2
CHNG4811
Thesis A
6    A CHNG3801 AND CHNG3802 AND CHNG3803 AND CHNG3805 AND CHNG3806 AND CHNG3807. Enrolment in this unit of study assumes that all core 3000 level chemical engineering units have been successfully completed.
P CHNG3801 AND CHNG3802 AND CHNG3803 AND CHNG3805 AND CHNG3806 AND CHNG3807.
N CHNG4813 OR CHNG4814 OR CHNG4203

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit is available to only those students who have gained an entry to the Honours degree. School permission required for enrolment in semester 2.
Semester 1
Semester 2
CHNG4812
Thesis B
6    A CHNG3801 AND CHNG3802 AND CHNG3803 AND CHNG3805 AND CHNG3806 AND CHNG3807. Enrolment in this unit of study assumes that Honours Thesis A and all (six) core chemical engineering units of study in third year have been successfully completed
C CHNG4811
N CHNG4813 OR CHNG4814 OR CHNG4203

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit is available to only those students who have gained an entry to the Honours degree. School permission required for enrolment in semester 1.
Semester 1
Semester 2
CIVL4022
Thesis A
6    P 30 credit points of any 3000- or higher level units of study.

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
It is expected that the Thesis will be conducted over two consecutive semesters and that the majority of students will start in Semester 1. Commencement in Semester 2 requires permission of Thesis coordinator and School's Director of Learning and Teaching and will only be allowed where there are good reasons for doing so. Students considering this option should discuss it with the Thesis coordinator at least one semester before they intend to start.
Semester 1
Semester 2
CIVL4023
Thesis B
6    P 30 credit points of any 3000- or higher level units of study.

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
ELEC4712
Thesis A
6    P 36 cp of 3000- or higher level units of study
N ELEC4714

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note that students require permission from the HOS to do both A and B units in the same Semester, and will have an accelerated assessment schedule. Note also that entry to Honours Thesis is by permission.
Semester 1
Semester 2
ELEC4713
Thesis B
6    N ELEC4714

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note that students require permission from the HOS to do both A and B units in the same Semester, and will have an accelerated assessment schedule. Note also that entry to Honours Thesis is by permission.
Semester 1
Semester 2