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CL76 - Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil Design) and Diploma of Building Design


Compulsory Residential School

Some units in this course require you to attend a compulsory Residential School or Work Integrated Learning. Please see Course Features in the Getting Started tab for further information.

Course Overview

The combined degree of Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Civil Design) and Diploma of Building Design aims to produce a civil engineer skilled in both high-level engineering design and building design. In this course, you will analyse and design numerous civil infrastructures such as roads, water resources and buildings taking into account factors such as codes and statutes, infrastructure sustainability, and contracts. This course has a strong focus on learning in context and sustainable development so you will apply theory to authentic scenarios throughout your course.

In your first year, you will develop skills in problem solving, teamwork and professional practice together with learning foundational technical content. In Term 2 of Year 1, you will undertake an authentic industry project with work-integrated learning. In the second year, you will gain in-depth discipline-specific knowledge and skills. In the third, fourth and fifth years of your course, you will develop a deeper understanding of the foundation knowledge that you gained in the first and second year. You will also complete three project units where you will work on authentic projects, sometimes with an industry mentor. Finally, you will complete a major individual project that integrates both civil engineering skills and building design skills to confirm your ability to work as a civil engineer and a building design specialist.

Career Information

As a professional engineer you can be a driver of change in society and be not only responsible for the technological change, but also the impact it has on communities, society and the environment in general. This course provides a unique opportunity to become a civil engineer with high-level engineering planning and design skills complemented by architectural planning and designs skills required for the approval and construction of a range of building types. Civil engineers are typically involved in planning design and maintenance of physical infrastructure systems including the construction of buildings and bridges, transport and water resource. Building designers provide design solutions for residential and commercial buildings and work for design, architecture, planning, building or engineering firms, government departments and corporations with a large building portfolio.

Course Details
Duration 4.5 years full-time or 9 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 216
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Undergraduate Double Degree
Qualification (post nominal) BEng(Hons)(CivilDes) DipBldgDes
AQF Level Level 8: Bachelor Honours Degree
Course Fees
Indicative Year - 2022
  • Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee - $7,013

Admission Codes

Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 1 - 2024


Term 1 - 2023


Term 1 - 2022


Term 1 - 2021


Term 1 - 2020

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International Availability

Term 1 - 2024

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Term 1 - 2023

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Term 1 - 2022

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Term 1 - 2021

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Term 1 - 2020

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What do I need to start?
Entry Scores
Rank Threshold SR 69 | ATAR 69
Entry Requirements

English (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent; General Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent

English Language Proficiency Requirements:

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or the United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion within the last 10 years of:

· A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or

· A completed Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma level qualification, or

· Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years full-time with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

completed in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or the United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:

· An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0, with a minimum 6.0 in each subset; or

· An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components; or

· Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 54; or

· Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)– Requires overall score of 75 or better with no score less than 21 (Internet Based).

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study and must appear on a single result certificate.

If you are an International student please visit International students English requirements for further information.

Each student will be assessed individually.
Security Requirements


Health Requirements


Assumed Knowledge

Recommended study: Mathematical Methods, Physics, and Design

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards CL42 - Diploma of Engineering Studies
  • Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School Most units in this course are offered in online mode. Some units will have compulsory Residential Schools for online students. These Residential Schools give students an opportunity to develop and demonstrate practical skills. The Engineers Australia accreditation guidelines recommend a minimum of 40 days of on-campus experience for a professional engineering course offered in online mode.
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Practicum/Work Placement

ENEP14004 - Students are required to complete 480 hours (including a minimum of 240 hours of industry experience) of Engineering Professional Practice prior to graduation. Once the students have completed the professional practice requirements, they must enrol in this unit and provide evidence of how they have attained the professional engineering practice exposure required by Engineers Australia.

Previous and Current Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2022 15
2021 12
2020 10
Inherent Requirements
There are Inherent Requirements (IRs) that you need to be aware of, and fulfil, to achieve the core learning outcomes of the units and course. IRs are the essential capabilities, knowledge, behaviours and skills that are needed to complete a unit or course.

Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.

If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.

Ethical Behaviour

Examples are:

  • Complying with academic and non-academic misconduct policies and procedures such as CQUniversity’s Student Charter, Student Misconduct Policy and Student Behavioural Misconduct Procedures and Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).
  • Using your knowledge and skills for the benefit of the community to create engineering solutions for a sustainable future, in accordance with the Engineers Australia Code of Ethics. In doing so, you will strive to serve the community ahead of other personal or sectarian interests.
  • Demonstrating integrity, scientific and technical competence, exude leadership qualities and promote sustainability, in the course of your engineering practice.
Behavioural Stability

Examples are:

  • Being reflective with personal behaviours in relation to professional performance and being positive and receptive to processing constructive supervisor/lecturer feedback or criticism.
  • Interacting with people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures in a calm and composed manner in difficult to deal with situations.
  • Approaching difficult situations with diplomacy and refraining from using inappropriate words/actions either verbally or in written communication.
  • Accepting that engineering practice is a human-centric activity and that you must therefore, develop your ability to work well with others.
  • Having the desire to solve problems in order to improve the standard of living of the people in the community.
Legal Compliance

Examples are:

  • Understanding and complying with all relevant policies and procedures applicable in engineering practice.
  • Complying with rules and regulations that apply in your practice location.
  • Recognising and positively responding to any legal compliance issues that arise and bringing them to the attention of the appropriate stakeholders. 
Communication Skills (Verbal, Non-verbal, Written and Technology)

Examples are:

  • Verbally communicating in the English language with accuracy, appropriateness and effectiveness.
  • Listening to other's point of view and actively participating in discussion activities related  to the course.
  • Using language that is appropriate to the context of the individual, group or workplace.
  • Establishing rapport with clients from differing socio-cultural environments in the delivery of engineering projects and responding appropriately to clients, supervisors and other professionals.
  • Using appropriate facial expressions: eye contact, being mindful of space, time boundaries, a range of body movements and gestures.
  • Recognising and interpreting non-verbal cues of others and responding appropriately during activities related to the course, as well as in the engineering practice environment.
  • Competently and appropriately constructing written assessment work in a logical, coherent manner, and with correct grammar and punctuation to the required academic standards.
  • Expressing complex and detailed information and knowledge into a logical and legible report, in a timely manner that meets professional standards and clearly communicates the intended message.
  • Accurately conveying and documenting information in a written form that meets legal and engineering requirements.
  • Accessing a computer for your studies, and possessing basic computer knowledge and skills to engage in the online learning environment that may include completing relevant on-line assessments and participating in online forums or responding to emails.
  • Regularly accessing the Internet for research, and email for communication with peers and lecturers.
  • Being adept and proficient in the use of discipline-specific computer systems and be able to analyse, manipulate and display scientific information.
Cognitive Abilities (Knowledge and Cognitive Skills, Literacy and Numeracy)

Examples are:

  • Conceptualising and using appropriate knowledge in response to academic assessment items.
  • Applying theoretical knowledge, research evidence, policies and procedures in engineering practice.
  • Discerning the wide variety of socio-economic environments that engineering practice takes place in, and provide effective professional solutions to stakeholders.
  • Competently reading, writing and accurately interpreting information to convey language effectively in engineering projects and services.
  • Producing accurate, concise and clear engineering documentation which meets legal requirements.
  • Retrieving correct information from appropriates sources, processing it and converting it into simpler terms if required.
  • Demonstrating competency in applying appropriate mathematical knowledge and skills to make calculations that represent an engineering system.
  • Demonstrating effective use of numeracy skills to make accurate interpretations of engineering system response data.
  • Applying numeracy skills to interpret and solve problems in a range of engineering projects and services.
Sensory Abilities (Visual, Auditory, Tactile)

Examples are:

  • Accurately using instruments for measurements.
  • Observing and detecting subtle changes in responses to engineering systems using instrumentation.
  • Having sufficient auditory ability to be capable of hearing warnings when on site.
  • Interacting effectively with stakeholders including clients, members of the community, tradespeople and other members of the engineering team.
  • Climbing a ladder or steep stairs, walking along scaffolding and traversing a construction site.
Relational Skills

Examples are:

  • Patience - is valuable when it comes to dealing with picky or difficult clients, complex long-term projects or colleagues who are slow and hard to keep on task.
  • Trustworthiness - an invaluable asset to employers, who not only feel comfortable with the individual’s honesty and ethical values, but believe they will do what they say when they say they will do it.
  • Reliability - is an important relational skill in every profession, whether it relates to showing up for work on time, performing duties as assigned, or meeting crucial deadlines.
  • Empathy - being able to consistently look at and understand the perspective of others is a relational skill that’s highly valued in the customer service arena.
  • Influence - Having the ability to effectively persuade and influence others is a valuable relational workplace skill. An influential employee is typically intuitive and able to read people, which is an asset in many professional venues.
Reflective Skills

Examples are:

  • Read - around the topics you are learning about or want to learn about and develop
  • Ask - others about the way they do things and why
  • Watch - what is going on around you
  • Feel - pay attention to your emotions, what prompts them, and how you deal with negative ones
  • Talk - share your views and experiences with others
  • Think - learn to value time spent thinking about your work
Sustainable Performance

Examples are:

  • Actively participating in activities related to the course and professional experience.
  • Performing with the required physical and mental energy and endurance in performing engineering skills and services during set time frames.
  • Showing persistence when learning a new concept - seeing it as a challenge to be solved rather than an insurmountable obstacle.
Strength and Mobility (Gross Motor Skills and Fine Motor Skills)

Examples are:

  • Conducting repairs to engineering systems.
  • Transporting field equipment during the data collection phase of engineering projects.
  • Traversing uneven ground on construction sites.
  • Manipulating instruments in tests and measurements.
  • Using knobs and dials in equipment used for field data collection.
Interpersonal Engagement

Examples are:

  • Communicating respectfully with a multitude of community, government and industry stakeholders.
  • Creating and sustaining professional relationships.
  • Considering the views of different stakeholders in decision making. 
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Abilities
Examples are:

  • Competently using a desktop operating system such as Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X.
  • Competently using productivity software such as Microsoft Office.
  • Competently using the internet for a range of study and work integrated learning activities.
  • Using associated electronic devices such as (but not limited to) digital scanners, copiers, cameras and video cameras, a tablet computer or a mobile phone for study activities.
  • Completely using video communication software such as Zoom and Skype.
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Design and analyse complex structures that comply with relevant Australian Standards
  • 2. Analyse and design geotechnical engineering elements using fundamental concepts including soil classification and properties
  • 3. Analyse and design water resource infrastructure that comply with relevant Australian standards by applying hydraulics and hydrology concepts
  • 4. Design transportation infrastructure using traffic data evaluations and relevant Australian standards
  • 5. Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in building design professional practice.
  • 6. Conduct all phases of engineering projects both autonomously and in teams
  • 7. Demonstrate the skills of risk management, ethical practice and professional communication at the level expected of a civil engineering graduate
  • 8. Apply civil design and engineering principles to create innovative solutions aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1. KNOWLEDGE Have coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines and knowledge of research principles and methods
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to identify and provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence
3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of a body of knowledge and theoretical concepts with advanced understanding in some areas
4. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in developing new understanding
5. SKILLS Have technical skills to design and use research in a project
6. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in professional practice and/or scholarship
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
10. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence
APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Display leadership by creating inclusive work environments and work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in a culturally respectful manner
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 33 Total credit points: 216

You must complete the following compulsory units.

Please refer to the More Details tab of the course handbook for a Course Planner for this course.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ENEG11005 Introduction to Contemporary Engineering
ENEG11006 Engineering Statics
MATH11218 Applied Mathematics
ENEG11007 Engineering Industry Project Investigation
MATH11219 Applied Calculus
BLAR11050 Residential Construction
ENEG11008 Materials for Engineers
BLAR12036 Building Design 1
BLAR12038 Building Industry Contracts
BLAR12057 Commercial Construction
ENEC12008 Geotechnical Engineering
ENEG12007 Creative Engineering
ENEC12009 Engineering Surveying and Spatial Sciences
ENEC12010 Hydraulics and Hydrology
ENEC12011 Transport Systems
ENEC12012 Stress Analysis
BLAR13035 Building Contract Administration
ENEG13002 Engineering Futures
BLAR13037 Building Design 2
BLAR13051 Design Documentation
ENEC13014 Water Supply and Wastewater Technology
ENEC13015 Steel and Timber Design
ENEC13016 Concrete Technology and Design
ENEC13017 Advanced Structural Analysis
ENEC14014 Structural and Geotechnical Design
ENEC14016 Traffic and Transportation Engineering
ENEC14017 Water Resources Engineering
ENEG14003 Engineering Honours Project Planning
ENEG14005 Engineering Honours Project Implementation

Civil Elective

In addition to the units listed above, you are required to complete one civil discipline elective. Please refer to the More Details tab of the course handbook for a pre-approved set of electives. Should you wish to complete an elective not on the pre-approved list, contact your Course Adviser to discuss.

Professional Practice Elective

You are also required to complete one professional practice elective.

Available units
Students must complete 1 from the following units:
ENEP11007 Engineering Employment Preparation
ENEP12007 Engineering Business Fundamentals
ENEP12008 Engineering Leadership

Engineering Professional Practice

This course has a 480 hours (including a minimum of 240 hours of industry experience) of Engineering Professional Practice requirement prior to graduation. 'CPD for Student Engineers' Moodle meta-site will provide you information about the work experience requirements of the accreditation body, the evidence you need to collect and give you access to a Mahara e-Portfolio that you will use to accumulate evidence of your professional practice exposure throughout the course of study. In one of the later terms of study, after you have completed your professional practice requirements, you must enrol into the following unit to provide evidence of how you have attained the professional engineering practice exposure required by Engineers Australia. Note that this unit is zero-credits and hence is no cost to you.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ENEP14004 Engineering Practice Experience
More Details
There is no additional information for this course.