Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne University of Technology

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Bachelor Of Civil Engineering Hons

  Study Mode FULL TIME
  Duration 4 years
  Intake MAR,AUG,OCT

Overview of Bachelor Of Civil Engineering Hons in Swinburne University of Technology Malaysia

Civil engineers are concerned with the design, construction and improvement of our built environment. This degree provides you with the technical expertise and management skills needed to plan, design, construct and maintain facilities such as buildings, bridges, dams, water supply systems, waste treatment systems, road and rail networks, and air and sea ports. You will gain comprehensive civil engineering theory as well as hands-on practical work and real-life projects to get you job-ready or use the course as a pathway into research or further learning.


Course educational objectives

The following course educational objectives define the achievements of Swinburne graduates in their professional engineering career a few years after graduation.

  1. CEO1 Professionalism: Graduates establish themselves as practicing professionals in Civil Engineering and related fields.
  2. CEO2 Continuous Development: Graduates engage in continuous pursuit of knowledge and development of competencies.
  3. CEO3 Social Involvement: Graduates contribute to sustainable development and well-being of society.

Course learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. apply coherent and advanced knowledge of the chosen major in engineering in diverse contexts and applications using critical thinking and judgment
  2. apply knowledge of research principles and methods to plan and execute a piece of research with some independence, as preparation for research higher degrees
  3. apply problem solving, design and decision-making methodologies to identify and provide innovative solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence
  4. apply abstraction, mathematics and engineering fundamentals to the analysis, design and operation of a model, using appropriate engineering methods and tools
  5. communicate proficiently in professional practice to a variety of audiences, function as an effective member or leader of a diverse team, and use the basic tools and practices of project management within project work
  6. demonstrate professionalism, integrity, ethical conduct, professional accountability and an awareness of professional engineering practice in a global and sustainable context
  7. reflect on and take responsibility for their own learning and self-management processes, and manage their own time and processes effectively by regularly reviewing of personal performance as a means of managing continuing professional development and lifelong learning.

At the completion of the Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering), graduates should be able to demonstrate the attainment of the following Civil Swinburne Engineering Competencies, required for external professional recognition:

  • K1 Basic Science: Proficiently applies concepts, theories and techniques of the relevant natural and physical sciences.
  • K2 Maths and IT as Tools: Proficiently uses relevant mathematics and computer and information science concepts as tools in complex engineering activities.
  • K3 Discipline Specific: Proficiently applies advanced technical knowledge of Civil Engineering within that context
  • K4 Emerging Disciplinary Trends: Proficiently applies research principles and methods on current or emerging complex problems of Civil Engineering.
  • K5 Practice Context: Discerns and appreciates the societal, environmental and other contextual factors affecting professional engineering practice.
  • K6 Professional Practice: Appreciates the principles of professional engineering practice in a sustainable context.
  • S1 Engineering Methods: Applies engineering methods in practical applications and complex engineering problems.
  • S2 Problem Solving: Systematically uses current or emerging knowledge and research methods to undertake independent research in solving complex engineering problems and as preparation for research higher degrees.
  • S3 Design: Systematically uses engineering methods in designing solutions to complex engineering problems.
  • S4 Project Management: Systematically uses engineering methods in conducting and managing project work including finance.
  • A1 Ethics: Values the need for, and demonstrates, ethical conduct and professional accountability.
  • A2 Communication: Demonstrates effective communication to professional and wider audiences including in complex engineering activities.
  • A3 Entrepreneurial: Appreciates entrepreneurial approaches to engineering practice.
  • A4 Information Management: Demonstrates seeking, using, assessing and managing information.
  • A5 Professional Self: Demonstrates professionalism and life-long learning.
  • A6 Management of Self: Demonstrates self-management processes.
  • A7 Teamwork: Demonstrates effective team membership and team leadership.

Course structure

For the completion of Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours), students are required to complete a total of 32 units (400 credit points) consisting of:

  • 12 Core Units of Study (150 credit points)
  • 16 units of study from Civil Major (200 credit points)
  • 4 Elective units (50 credit points), either from Specialist Studies electives or an approved minor
  • 1 compulsory, not-for-credit units (0 credit points)

Units of study

Core units

  • ENG10001 Engineering, Design and Innovation
  • ENG10002 Engineering Materials
  • ENG10003 Mechanics of Structures
  • ENG10004 Digital and Data Systems
  • MTH10012 Calculus and Applications
  • MTH10013 Linear Algebra and Applications
  • PHY10001 Energy and Motion
  • PHY10004 Electronics and Electromagnetism
  • MTH20010 Mathematics 3A
  • MME30001 Engineering Management 1
  • ENG40001 Final Year Research Project 1*
  • ENG40002 Final Year Research Project 2*

Civil Major

  • CVE20001 Topographical Engineering
  • CVE20002 Computer Aided Engineering
  • CVE20003 Design of Concrete Structures
  • CVE20004 Geomechanics
  • CVE20005 Road Engineering
  • MEE20003 Fluid Mechanics 1
  • MEE20004 Structural Mechanics
  • CVE30001 Urban Water Resources
  • CVE30002 Design of Steel Structures
  • CVE30003 Transport Engineering
  • CVE30004 Cost Engineering
  • CVE40001 Geotechnical Engineering*
  • CVE40002 Structural Design of Low Rise Buildings*
  • CVE40004 Water and Environmental Engineering*
  • CVE40006 Infrastructure Design Project*
  • MME40001 Engineering Management 2


There is high demand for civil engineers in Malaysia and overseas. Civil engineers work as planners, designers, construction managers, administrators, investigation and research engineers and consultants. They have the opportunity to work for public authorities, municipalities, consulting firms and in the construction industries, or are self-employed.

Civil engineering is also an excellent preparation for many general managerial positions in business and industry, not directly related to civil engineering.


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Design Engineering Bachelor of Information & Communication Technology Computer Science Science
Pre-requisite MA* or AM MA# or AM Preferably any art, design or media subject AM+PHY/CH  MA# or AM MAor AM MA**
STPM  2Ps 2Ps (GP2.33) 2Ps 2Ps 2Ps 2Ps 2Ps
UEC 5Bs 5Bs inclusive of pre-req 5Bs 5Bs inclusive of pre-req 5Bs inclusive of pre-req 5Bs inclusive of pre-req 5Bs inclusive of pre-req
‘A’ Levels incorporating Cambridge, CGE, UK, Malaysia, Singapore, & UK – Min 3 ‘A’ Level passes required 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) 60 60 70 75 60 70 70
Australian Foundation (min overall %) 65% 65% 65% 65% 65% 65% 65%
Bangladesh Higher School Certificate 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5
China Gao San 70% 70% 80% 85% 70% 80% 80%
GCC Thanawiya Amma + 1st year bachelor program 70% 70% 70% 70% 70% 70% 70%
Middle East AL – Thanawaya (Kuwait, Oman, UAE & Saudi Arabia) 50% 50% 50% 60% 50% 60% 60%
Indian and Pakistan Year 12 65% 65% 65% 65% 65% 65% 65%
Indonesian SMA III 74% 74% 74% 74% 74% 74% 74%
Iran High School Diploma plus pre-university degree (1 year) 65% 65% 65% 65% 65% 65% 65%
International Baccalaureate IB Diploma (out of 6 subjects) 24 24 24 26 24 24 24
Kenya KCSE C+ C+ C+ C+ C+ C+ C+
Ontario CPU 60% 60% 70% 70% 60% 70% 70%
Sri Lankan A Levels  7  7  7  7  7 7  7
Vietnam Senior High School Year 12 70% 70% 70% 70% 70% 70% 70%


Each Swinburne course has a minimum English language requirement for entry.

English Language qualification Foundation Diploma (2.5 year post SPM) Undergraduate
(all other majors)
(major: Accounting | Accounting & Finance
Postgraduate: MBA(I), MCM Postgraduate: Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma (TESOL) Postgraduate: MA (TESOL)
IELTS 5.5 (no individual band below 5.0) 5.0 (no individual band below 5.0) 6.0 (no individual band below 6.0) 6.0 (no individual band below 6.0) 6.5 (no individual band below 6.0) 6.5 (no individual band below 6.0) 6.5 (no individual band below 6.0)
TOEFL (Internet based)a 65 60 75 (Reading no less than 18, Writing no less than 20) 75 (Reading no less than 18, Writing no less than 20) 79 (Reading no less than 18, Writing no less than 20) 79 (Reading no less than 20, Writing no less than 18) 79 (Reading no less than 18, Writing no less than 20)
SPM C C B*  
UEC B4 B4 B3* and B4*  
1119 C C B*  
MUET 4 4 4 4  
GCE ‘O’ Level** C C B* B*  
GCE ‘A’ Level and AS Level# C C C C  
International Baccalaureate Minimum of 4 in English A1 or A2 (Higher and Standard Levels) or
Minimum of 5 in English B (Higher Level)
Common European Framework B1 B1 B2 B2 B2 B3 B3
C1 Advanced
(formerly known
as Cambridge
English Advanced:
154, no band less than 154 154, no band less than 154 169, no band less than 169 169, no band less than 169 176, no band less than 169 176, no band less than 169 185, no band less
than 176
PTE Academic 36 with no communicative
skill score less than 36
36 with no communicative
skill score less than 36
50 with no communicative skill score less than 50 50 with no communicative skill score less than 50 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50 66 with no communicative skill score less than 58

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