From semester 1 2019, undergraduate Engineering degrees are changing.
If you commenced your studies prior to 2019 (pre-2019 commencer) and you’re wondering how these changes will affect you the following questions and answers tell you everything you need to know.
The new curriculum will be rolled out over the next four years, with only Level 1 (first-year) available in 2019.
If there’s anything else you’re curious about, you can contact Ask ECMS.
Why are you changing the curriculum?
Advancing our curriculum has involved refreshing and reorganising all degree content, assessment and delivery in collaboration with industry, ensuring ongoing relevance to the future workforce. It also gives students increased flexibility to pursue a specialisation and related interests as they grow and learn.
How will the revised curriculum be introduced? When will the rollout begin?
Our revised curriculum will be introduced one year at a time, with first-year courses changing in 2019, second-year in 2020, third-year in 2021, and final-year courses in 2022. The new curriculum will thus only be fully available in 2022. This is shown in the table below. This staged introduction will allow the majority of students already enrolled in an engineering degree to complete their current program with no or minimal changes.
2019 2020 2021 2022 First year Revised Revised Revised Revised Second year Existing Revised Revised Revised Third year Existing Existing Revised Revised Fourth year Existing Existing Existing Revised
Who is eligible for the new curriculum?
I enrolled prior to 2019. How does this affect me?
Currently enrolled students will be able to complete their existing degrees, and in most cases won’t be affected by the change. However, double- and combined-degree students who commenced in 2018, and single-degree students who commenced in semester 2, 2018, may have changes to their study plans in future, as they could be affected by the transition from the existing curriculum to the new. If you’re in this group, please check the pre-2019 commencer study plans available on our Study Plans website.
I’m a pre-2019 commencer, does this disadvantage me?
No. Our pre-2019 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degrees encompass a broad range of fields concerned with leading-edge technologies across many applications and environments. Our comprehensive curriculum allows you to practise real engineering through a solid foundation of both theory and hands-on practical experience. You’ll graduate with honours and be fully qualified and accredited with Engineers Australia.
I’m a pre-2019 commencer, what do I enrol in?
What if one of my courses is no longer offered?
With the upcoming curriculum changes, some Level 1 courses are no longer being taught or have been renamed. In your study plan link below, courses crossed out are no longer offered and the replacement course is written below in red text.
I’ve failed a course in Level 1 that’s no longer offered. What course should I replace it with?
Not all courses in Level 1 are being replaced. Your pre-2019 commencer study plan will indicate any course that’s no longer offered, and its replacement will be listed for you to choose. Please refer to our Study Plans website to guide your enrolment.
I started before 2019. Can I transfer into a new-curriculum degree?
Due to the rollout happening over four years, transferring would require you to slow down your studies and wait for the new curriculum to become available at your year level. This could mean a period of part-time study or a leave of absence.
I’m a continuing international student. Is anything different for me?
No. You will remain in your current degree and your Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) will remain current. Should you require more information about your COE please contact our International Student Centre.
I’m a new international student with advanced standing / credit. What do I enrol in?
Upon offer, all international students who have transferred from another institution (either onshore or offshore) have been assessed according to the conditions of the new curriculum. If you’ve received more than 9 units of credit, your offer will be for the pre-2019 programs. An individual study plan will be provided to you by Ask ECMS to help guide your enrolment.
I’m an international student who transferred from an articulation partner i.e. University of Adelaide College (UAC), Eynesbury, UniKL. What do I enrol in?
All students in an International Degree Transfer Program will have received more than 12 units of credit. Therefore they will begin their degree from Year 2 and follow the pre-2019 study plans. An individual study plan will be provided to you by Ask ECMS to help guide your enrolment.
I don’t have a major. Will this affect me?
Our pre-2019 degrees are not structured to support a formal major, but rather have their specialisation built into the degree. For example, B. Engineering (Hons) (Mech & Aero).
From 2019 onwards, the equivalent degree for new students will be named B. Engineering (Hons) (Mechanical) with a major in Aerospace.
Pre-2019-degree students will still have the opportunity to 'specialise' through elective choices, and have options for doing double/combined degrees.
Is my pre-2019 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) still accredited with Engineers Australia?
I’m in a pre-2019 engineering degree. Will my honours program be affected by this change?
No. All undergraduate Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) programs have embedded honours, with a program duration of at least four years, so you’ll receive an honours qualification upon completion of your degree.
Do I need to do 8 or 12 weeks’ practical experience?
All students in pre-2019 degrees will need to complete 12 weeks of practical experience, consisting of at least 6 weeks’ engineering (industry) experience. These students are not required to enrol in the 6 units of practical experience coursework.
All students in the new-curriculum degrees will need to complete 8 weeks’ engineering-only experience. They are also required to enrol in 6 units of practical experience coursework which will be available from 2021.
Please refer to the practical experience website for further information.
I’m in a pre-2019 BE (Hons) and want to transfer into another pre-2019 BE (Hons). Is that process changing?
I’m a BE (Hons) (Flexible Entry) student. How does the new curriculum work for me?
All students in the BE (Hons) (Flexible Entry) program in 2018 have already completed Level 1 courses, so will transfer into pre-2019 degrees at Level 2. This is because Level 2 of the new curriculum will not be available until 2020.
I prefer the old curriculum. Are those courses still being taught?
The new curriculum will be rolled out over the next four years, with only Level 1 being available in 2019. Any changes at Level 1 have been incorporated into the current study plans listed above. New-curriculum courses from Level 2 onwards will be rolled out from 2020.
I’ve had a break from study and am now unsure what to enrol in. What should I do?
If you’ve already completed Level 1 of your degree, it’s most likely these changes will not affect you. You can therefore refer to your degree’s study plan (listed above) to guide your enrolment moving forward. But if you’re still unsure, lodge an online Degree Check form and Ask ECMS will respond to confirm what courses you need to complete your program.
I’m considering an internal transfer into engineering from another faculty. How will my previous study count towards the new curriculum?
Any student transferring from another faculty (e.g. Professions, Arts) into ECMS will be assessed as per the normal internal transfer process. If you meet the prerequisite and entry requirements for your chosen degree, you’ll receive a Degree Check from Ask ECMS outlining any credit you’re eligible for and your enrolments moving forward.
I’ve checked the pre-2019 commencer study plans and am still confused about what courses I need to do to complete my degree. What should I do?