For millennia humans have made their homes on the coast, which is a rich source of food, trade, and transport. How will we meet the challenge of using this environment and reduce the impacts of human activity in a time of climate change?
Our new Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Coastal Systems Engineering will prepare you to design essential infrastructure in complex and evolving coastal systems. You will study the diversity and risks associated with coastal zones, river and floodplain dynamics, professional ethics, and undertake a humanitarian engineering project – among a range of topic areas unique to coastal engineering.
As a graduate of a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Coastal Systems Engineering you will be a civil and environmental engineer with specialist skills in water engineering which, in the face of a stormier future, are in increasing demand worldwide.
As a civil or environmental engineer in a range of settings involving systems and infrastructure in the coastal zone, including municipal and government authorities, water supply and management agencies, construction companies, natural resource management organisations, consulting engineering companies, airport authorities, mining companies, irrigation authorities, research organisations, and education organisations.
The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Coastal Systems Engineering has provisional accreditation from Engineers Australia at the level of Professional Engineer and will be assessed for full accreditation at this level in 2022. Courses accredited by Engineers Australia at this level are recognised in many different countries worldwide through the Washington Accord, an international agreement governing recognition of engineering qualifications and professional competence.
As part of this course, students are required to undertake a compulsory 60-day industry placement.
Industry experience enables students to apply their knowledge and skills to engineering problems within a real work environment, and to make valuable contacts within industry. Students typically undertake one or more work placements with an organisation conducting work related to engineering practice.
There is also a 'no major' option, with a wide range of elective units.
All students complete core units that cover coastal engineering and management, floodplain engineering and management, project management, hydraulic engineering, water and wastewater engineering, engineering geochemistry and hydrology. The course is strongly focused on project engineering from first year through to the final year. The course also addresses fundamental concepts that cross all disciplines including professional ethics, sustainability, conflict resolution and negotiation.
Students undertake a full-year subject in engineering research (thesis unit) in their final year, which enables them to explore the frontiers of engineering development and contribute to new knowledge.
Assessment items vary for each unit. They include numerical calculations, written assessment, oral presentations, exams and project based scenarios within groups and as individuals.
On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.