Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering Major (BEng Hons)
- Admission criteria
- Guaranteed ATAR 80
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
You could start working as a professional electrical engineering graduate in just four years.
Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019)
Start working as a professional engineering graduate in just four years.
Graduates fulfil the stage one competencies required by Engineers Australia for a professional engineer.
With the rapid advancement of electronic communication, the growth of the ‘internet of things’, and the increasing potential of renewable and sustainable energy, there are many job opportunities in electrical and electronic engineering.
In this major, you will study a common second year, which will give you a strong understanding of the concepts underpinning electrical and electronic engineering.
In your third year, you will choose a stream to study, and in your final year you will undertake a major research or design project, and complete at least 12 weeks of professional engineering practice.
You can specialise in one of the following streams:
Our world is characterised by the increasing number of intelligent devices that have embedded systems. These systems allow a computer to control another computer, monitor it or provide it with sophisticated functionality.
These systems were once confined to areas such as consumer appliances and robotics, but they are expanding into other areas. Cars, for example, are built with more than 200 embedded systems for engine management, automatic braking and similar functions. Embedded systems are also crucial to the development of the internet of things – a network of devices connected to the internet on a global scale.
In this stream, you will learn about the theoretical and practical aspects of embedded systems, sensors and electronic design.
Electronics and Communications
The role of communication systems is becoming crucial in today’s society, with growing demand for intelligent transportation systems, mobile broadband access, remote operations and tactile internet – the next evolution of the internet of things.
This stream will help you address challenges facing telecommunication systems in signal processing, communication technology and networking, to enable fast and reliable communication anywhere and anytime.
Bulk power has traditionally been provided by burning fossil fuels, but since fossil fuels are a finite resource, it is vital that we begin harnessing alternative sources of electrical energy, such as solar and wind. A revolution in power system configuration, control and protection is taking place to accommodate these new sources.
This stream will help you address the challenges in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity. It covers topics such as smart grids, distribution systems and how renewable energy systems are integrated to the electricity grid.
This major sits within the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
How this course will make you industry ready
The course receives inputs from an Industry Advisory Board to ensure the course matches current industry needs and expectations. In the final year, students undertake a 2-semester research and design capstone project to demonstrate their abilities. Students are also required to complete 480 hours of exposure to professional engineering practice to prepare them for the workplace.
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Graduates fulfil the stage one competencies required by Engineers Australia at the level of Professional Engineer Washington Accord.
- Electrical engineer
- Electrical power engineer
- Electronics engineer
- Communications engineer
- Embedded systems engineer
- Medical systems engineer
- Network controller
- Power systems engineer
- Systems engineer
- Application engineering
- Computer hardware design
- Electronic systems
- Fibre optics and mobile communications
- Software development
- Solar and renewable energy
What you'll learn
- develop and apply fundamental theoretical and technical knowledge to identify and provide solutions to complex problems in an engineering discipline
- demonstrate development of advanced knowledge and understanding in an engineering discipline
- apply knowledge using realistic, practical and analytical approaches to problem-solving, design and research
- communicate effectively with a variety of audiences through the development of appropriate plans and reports
- identify and use suitable technologies to plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some intellectual independence
- demonstrate self-discipline, self-management skills, personal responsibility and the ability to set learning and achievement goals
- work effectively in teams with global, international and environmentally responsible perspectives
- recognise the impact of cultural diversity in the implementation engineering works of projects
- demonstrate leadership, professional behaviour and ethical practice in the context of engineering projects
Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.
|IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)|
|Overall band score||6.5|
Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2018 only.
|GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three)||5|
|Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6)||60|
|ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE)||70|
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Other requirements and notes for this course
Students are required to complete at least 12 weeks of exposure to professional engineering practice to graduate.
In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.
At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.
You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.
CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.
Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:
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Fees & charges
Please view the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree for indicative fees.
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- Curtin course code: MJRH-ELELE
- Last updated on: January 15, 2020