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E66 Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Systems)

Computer systems engineering is the synergistic combination of electronic engineering and computer science. Computer systems engineers have a wide knowledge of digital and analogue electronic systems and a detailed understanding of computer architecture, software design and hardware-software interfacing. They are involved in all aspects of computing from the development of individual microprocessors, to the design of personal, mainframe or supercomputers systems, as well as digital and mixed signal circuit design, real-time and embedded system implementation, and software engineering. Graduates of the course will be conversant in the fundamental physical sciences, computer architecture, digital electronics, data communications, interfacing, real-time and embedded systems, robotics and software development. The course focuses on the development of knowledge and skills relevant to professional engineering practice and, along with a sound theoretical base, includes strong elements of practical problem solving, team work and project development. As a result, as well as having multiple technical and transferable skill competencies, graduates will have strong analytical skills and the ability to lead complex projects.


Employment opportunities include the development and design of microcomputer systems, computer networks, complex real-time systems, high performance processors, multimedia systems and control and automation.



Students whose performance over the four years of the course is of a high standard may be awarded the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours degree.



Overseas students may be admitted to this course subject to satisfying English proficiency entry requirements, in addition to meeting academic admission requirements.  



During the course, students will be required to undertake a minimum of 12 weeks practical work experience located in an engineering industry environment. This will normally be undertaken during a vacation period, even though it is listed as a unit for Year 4 (ENS4111).



Engineers Australia has granted Accreditation to this course. Parallel Accreditation status has been granted for associated double degrees.


In addition to satisfying standard ECU admission requirements, a pass in WACE Mathematics 3C/3D (or TEE Calculus) or Mathematics:Specialist 3C/3D (or TEE Applicable Mathematics), or equivalents, is required. Students who have completed a TAFE Diploma or its equivalent in an allied engineering field may be admitted to the Bachelor of Engineering with advanced standing.


Note: Students who have not completed WACE Mathematics:Specialist 3C/3D (or TEE Calculus), or WACE Physics 3A/3B (or TEE Physics), or equivalents, will be required to complete bridging units during the first year of their studies.

This course is available on Joondalup Campus.
This course is available by Full-time, or Part-time mode.
This course is available in the following mode of delivery - On-campus.

The course consists of 480 credit points (twenty-nine core units, three electives, and a practicum unit).

Semester 1
ENS1154 Introduction to Engineering 15
ENS1162 Electrical Engineering 1A 15
MAT1236 Calculus 1 * 15
SCP1111 Physics of Motion ** 15
Semester 2
ENS1253 Electrical Engineering 1B 15
ENM1102 Engineering Drawing and Computer Aided Design 15
ENS1115 Materials and Manufacturing 1 15
MAT1163 Linear Algebra 15
* Students who have not passed WACE Mathematics:Specialist 3C/3D (or TEE Calculus) should enrol in the bridging unit MAT1137: Introductory Applied Mathematics instead of MAT1236: Calculus 1, and should enrol in MAT1236 in a later semester.
** Students who have not passed WACE Physics 3A/3B (or TEE Physics) should enrol in the bridging unit SCP1132: Introduction to Physics instead of SCP1111: Physics of Motion, and should enrol in SCP1111 in a later semester.
Semester 1
CSP1150 Programming Principles 15
ENS2256 Digital Electronics 15
ENS2159 Engineering Innovation and Ethics 15
MAT2236 Differential Equations 15
Semester 2
ENS2257 Microprocessor Systems 15
CSG1206 Operating Systems 15
ENS2344 Computer Architecture 15
ENS3341 Signals and Systems 15
Semester 1
ENS3551 Electrical Networks 15
ENS3343 Data Communication and Computer Networks 15
CSP2347 UNIX and C 15
ENS3441 Communication Systems 1 15
Semester 2
ENS3205 Real-Time Embedded Systems 15
ENS3251 Digital Signal Processing 15
ENS2258 Analog Electronics 15
Elective 1
Semester 1
ENS4111 Engineering Practicum 0 
ENS4152 Project Development 15
ENS4251 Control Systems 15
Elective 2
Elective 3
Semester 2
ENS4253 Engineering Project 15
ENS4442 Robotics 1 15
ENS4240 Industrial Control 15
ENS4543 Engineering Management 15
Any electives chosen from outside this list must be approved by the course coordinator.
ENS3547 Wireless Communication 15
ENS3203 Electronic Circuit Design 15
ENS3220 Electrical Machines and Transformers 15
ENS3447 Propagation and Antennas 15
ENS3206 Power Systems 1 15
ENS4542 Communication Systems 2 15
ENS4444 Telecommunication Networks 15
ENS4209 Process Control 15
ENS4360 Power Electronics 15
MAT3236 Multivariate Calculus 15
CSP2204 Data Structures 15
CSP2343 Object-oriented Programming with C++ 15
CSP3241 Internet and Java Programming 15
CSI3344 Distributed Systems 15
Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)
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Last Updated - Higher Education: 31/03/2010 VET: 31/03/2010