Computer systems engineering covers the role of computers as elements in engineering systems. In this course you will study alongside electrical power and electronic and communication engineering students in your first two years. In your third year you will commence specialisation in computer systems engineering, exploring the areas of artificial intelligence, robotics, machine vision, computer-aided design and manufacture, automation and process control. You will also study the fields of office and factory automation, machine learning, automatic control, information appliances, intelligent embedded and distributed systems, real time processing, computer architecture, hardware software co-design, computer communications and the design and management of computer systems. Prior to graduation, you will complete at least 12 weeks of engineering work experience during your vacations. This professional practice will be undertaken while you are still a student to make your theoretical studies more meaningful.
Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Systems Engineering)
BEng(Curtin) OR BEng(Hons)(Curtin)
Course CRICOS Code: 052793J
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 4 Years
This course requires a minimum of eight semesters of full-time study. The first four semesters are studied in common with all students. In the fifth semester, students commence specialisation in Computer Systems Engineering. Office and factory automation, computer aided design and manufacturing, robotics, machine learning, automatic control, information appliances, intelligent embedded and distributed systems, real time processing, computer architectures, hardware software co-design, computer communications, and the design and management of computer systems all fall within the field of computer systems engineering. As a consequence, the demand for graduates in these areas is far outstripping supply and career opportunities abound.
Course Entry Requirements/Prereq
TEE Applicable Mathematics plus at least two of TEE Calculus, Chemistry and Physics.
STAT is not accepted for mature age entry but may be used to demonstrate English Competence requirements.
In certain cases, the need to complete these special units may result in extension of studies beyond the regular four year term. Students with other, or equivalent, qualifications should direct enquiries to the Head of the Department.
Recognition of Prior Learning
Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.
Duration and Availability
4 years' full-time study or part-time equivalent. .
Students undertake the Bachelor of Engineering Pre-Major in the first year and on successful completion, proceed to the second year of an engineering discipline. Please refer to the section at the front of the Department of First Year Engineering Studies (DFYES) to obtain details about the Bachelor of Engineering Pre-Major.
The Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Systems Engineering) has been accorded full recognition by Engineers Australia. Exempting graduates from all academic requirements for Corporate Membership. To qualify for the grade of Corporate Member of the Engineers Australia, a graduate also requires a minimum of four years approved experience following the award of the Bachelor of Engineering degree. All degree courses are also recognised by various overseas professional institutions. Further information regarding membership of professional institutions can be obtained from the School of Engineering or from the Secretary, Engineers Australia, Western Australia Division.
Additional Course Expenses
Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.
For more information, contact the Career Consultant in the Faculty of Science and Engineering.
Combined Degree Information
Computer Systems Engineering may be combined with Computer Science, Physics.
Course Structure Disclaimer
Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.
Course Structure Hrs/Wk Credit
307545 v.1 Bachelor of Engineering Pre-Major 200.0
Year 2 Semester 1
12706 v.3 Electrical Circuits 203 4.0 25.0
12709 v.2 Mathematics 277 4.0 25.0
308768 v.1 Foundations of Digital Design 201 5.0 25.0
308775 v.1 Engineering Electromagnetics 201 3.0 12.5
308789 v.1 Probability Theory 201 3.0 12.5
Year 2 Semester 2
12711 v.4 Electrical Systems 204 5.0 25.0
12713 v.3 Embedded Software Engineering 204 3.0 12.5
2894 v.4 Microcomputers 202 3.0 12.5
308780 v.1 Signal and Systems 202 5.0 25.0
308781 v.1 Electronic Fundamentals 202 5.0 25.0
Year 3 Semester 1
12855 v.4 Embedded Systems Engineering 301 4.0 25.0
308790 v.1 Foundations of Computer Engineering 301 5.0 25.0
308792 v.1 Real-Time Operating Systems 301 4.0 25.0
308798 v.1 Control Systems 301 4.0 25.0
Year 3 Semester 2
12834 v.4 Digital Signal Processing 304 5.0 25.0
12847 v.5 Data Communications and Networking 304 5.0 25.0
308791 v.1 Computer Systems Engineering 302 5.0 25.0
308794 v.1 Embedded Software Engineering 401 5.0 25.0
Year 4 Semester 1
12838 v.4 Engineering Project 401 10.0 25.0
12856 v.3 Microprocessors 401 4.0 25.0
307660 v.2 Engineering Sustainable Development 201 2.0 12.5
307664 v.1 Engineering Law 202 2.0 12.5
308793 v.1 Theory of Computation 401 4.0 25.0
Year 4 Semester 2
12844 v.5 Engineering Project 402 5.0 25.0
12859 v.2 Computer Structures 402 5.0 25.0
310683 v.1 Engineering Management 302 4.0 25.0
SELECT OPTIONAL UNITS TO THE TOTAL VALUE OF: 25.0
Optional Units to Select from in Year 4 Semester 2 Hrs/Wk Credit
12845 v.3 Communications Engineering 304 5.0 25.0
308787 v.1 Instrumentation and Control 402 5.0 25.0
Year Location Period Internal
2009 Bentley Campus Semester 1 Y
2009 Bentley Campus Semester 2 Y
2009 Miri Sarawak Campus Semester 1 Y
2009 Miri Sarawak Campus Semester 2 Y
The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.
*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.
^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.
#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.