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Bachelor of Engineering BENG

Agricultural engineering major

This major provides students with the knowledge to address problems
relating to sustainable agricultural production, precision agriculture
and the post-harvest handling of agricultural and other primary products.
Students also acquire an understanding of the biological implications,
which allows them to work with specialists in agricultural science
and biology. USQ is the only institution in Australia that offers
degrees specialising in Agricultural Engineering.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available


4 years full-time, 8 years part-time or external

Professional accreditation

A graduate of this program is eligible to apply for membership
of Engineers Australia as a graduate Professional Engineer. After
further professional development, a graduate member with a Bachelor
of Engineering may apply for chartered status as a Professional Engineer
and, when granted, may use the post-nominal MIEAust CPEng.

The Bachelor of Engineering program is accredited by Engineers
Australia and, through an agreement reached between the professional
engineering bodies of other countries (the Washington Accord), is
also recognised in the United Kingdom, the Unites States of America,
Canada, Ireland, Hong Kong, New Zealand and South Africa.

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Program aims

The Bachelor of Engineering provides students with the knowledge
and skills that are necessary to commence practice as a professional
engineer and to undertake further advanced level studies in engineering.
Specifically the program provides students with a core of basic generic
and technical skills, common to all branches of engineering, and then
permits students to undertake an in depth study of either agricultural,
civil, computer systems, electrical and electronic, environmental,
instrumentation and control, mechanical, mechatronic, power engineering.
In addition, students are equipped with a knowledge of the industrial
and social environments in which they will function as professional
engineers. The program also seeks to instil in students a capacity
to communicate effectively and adapt to change.

The Bachelor of Engineering is primarily vocationally oriented.
However, the program has been designed to identify students who have
the capacity to undertake further study at an advanced level and to
make an original contribution to engineering knowledge. These students
are encouraged to undertake the course ENG8001 Engineering and Surveying Research Methodology as one of their Elective courses. This,
and the two Research Project courses, will assist them in achieving
these goals.

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Program objectives

The objectives of this program are:

  • to enable students to acquire, and demonstrate that they possess,
    the specified graduate attributes and capabilities

  • to enable students to acquire in-depth technical competence
    in one of the following fields: Agricultural Engineering Civil Engineering
    Computer Systems Engineering Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    Environmental Engineering Instrumentation and Control Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering Mechatronic Engineering or Power Engineering.

  • to enable students from diverse and non-traditional backgrounds
    and locations to enrol in the program and to provide them with opportunities
    to acquire the skills necessary to complete the program in the normal

  • to enable students to be empowered as learners through the provision
    of a wide range of teaching and learning styles and modes in their

  • to ensure that all students, regardless of the mode of study,
    have equality of opportunity in acquiring the specified graduate attributes
    and capabilities

  • to ensure that graduates are eligible for graduate membership
    of Engineers Australia, and other appropriate professional bodies.

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Program structure

The Bachelor of Engineering is a 32 unit program consisting
of Academic courses and Practice courses.

Academic courses are normally one-unit courses and involve approximately
155 hours of student work per unit.

Practice courses are zero unit courses and each involves approximately
50 hours of student work. The only grades available for a Practice
Course are pass (P) and Fail (F). A Practice Course is designed to
enable students to acquire specific competencies associated with their
major study. These competencies range from specific practical and
communication skills through to generic competencies relating to ethical
and social responsibility, awareness of the environment, teamwork,
etc. For an external student a Practice Course generally involves
attendance on-campus for a one-week residential school.

The components of the program are shown in the following table:

Program Component Academic Courses Practice Courses
Number of Courses Units Number of Courses Units
Core Studies 13 13 3 0
Major Study 19 19 3-5 depending upon the major 0
Total 32 32 3-8 0

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Core courses

The courses that comprise the core studies program are shown
in the following table:

Courses Units
Academic Courses
ENG1002 Introduction to Engineering and Spatial Science Applications 1
ENG1101 Introduction to Engineering Problem Solving 1
ENG1100 Introduction to Engineering Design 1
ENG2002 Technology, Sustainability and Society 1
ENG2102 Engineering Problem Solving and Analysis 1
ENG3103 Engineering Problem Solving Computations 1
ENG4104 Engineering Problem Solving Simulations 1
ENG3003 Engineering Management 1
ENG4111 Research Project Part 1 1
ENG4112 Research Project Part 2 1
MAT1500 Engineering Mathematics 1 1
MAT1502 Engineering Mathematics 2 1
MAT2500 Engineering Mathematics 3 1
Practice Courses
ENG1901 Engineering Practice 1 0
ENG3902 Professional Practice 1 0
ENG4903 Professional Practice 2 0
ENG4909 Work Experience - Professional 0

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Major studies

The Bachelor of Engineering consists of a core component and
a series of major studies. All students must complete the core courses
and one of the major studies. The major study provides students with
knowledge and skills in a specific discipline. The major study areas
in the USQ Bachelor of Engineering are:

  • Agricultural Engineering

  • Civil Engineering

  • Computer Systems Engineering

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

  • Environmental Engineering

  • Instrumentation and Control Engineering

  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Mechatronic Engineering

  • Power Engineering

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Elective courses

In the Bachelor of Engineering, students are not required to
undertake the Elective courses until the third and fourth levels of
the program. This enables students enrolled in the second level of
the program to discuss their choice of Electives with their Head or
Program Coordinator. The most popular choices of courses for Electives
may thus be timetabled to allow students to attend in their third
and fourth years of study. Appropriate Electives are shown in the
tables in the Recommended Enrolment Pattern section. Students may
undertake only one appropriate level five or level eight course from
the Bachelor of Engineering or another program in the Faculty of Engineering
and Surveying as an Elective with the approval of the Head of Discipline.
Heads of Discipline may approve a variation in Elective studies where
the student can demonstrate that there is a sound academic argument
for the change. Arguments based on timetabling difficulties, quota
problems etc. will not normally be entertained. Note however that
students who wish to enrol in courses other than those listed must
obtain the written approval of the appropriate Head prior to enrolling
in the course if they want the course to count as credit towards their

Students should note that quota restrictions may preclude their
enrolment in particular Elective study courses as students enrolling
in these courses as part of their core or major studies will be given
enrolment priority.

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Exit points

Students who, for whatever reason, are unable to complete the
Bachelor of Engineering and who satisfy all of the requirements of
either the Bachelor of Engineering Technology, the Associate Degree of Engineering or the Diploma of Engineering Studies may be permitted to exit with
that award.

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