Bachelor of Design (Civil Systems Major)

3 years full-time, Parkville and Southbank — International students. CRICOS code: 090744C

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Course Description

When completing a Civil Systems major you may choose between a graduate pathway to Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering or Environmental Engineering.

  • What is Civil Engineering?

    Imagine helping to plan how Australia best uses its valuable water resources, designing and planning for our future transport needs, or designing eco-friendly and sustainable buildings.

    Civil engineering involves the planning, design and construction of the built environment and the provision of essential services and infrastructure. Civil engineers use their sophisticated understanding of these concepts to create solutions to improve the quality of life. Construction of the built environment, which includes structures, such as buildings, bridges and tunnels, requires engineers at the forefront of technology with a breadth of knowledge and experience. Similarly, our transport systems, water supply, drainage systems, ports and harbours are all examples of essential services where civil engineers are vital in providing the most effective way of interacting with the natural environment.

    What you study

    Completing a Civil Systems major within the Bachelor of Design qualifies you to graduate as a Civil Engineer with professional accreditation, after completing one of these graduate courses:

    The Bachelor of Design requires completion of a total of 300 points of study over three years full time, usually comprising four subjects per semester. Alternatively, the course can be completed part time.

    Core engineering studies include systems design, mathematics, materials, fluid dynamics and thermodynamics. Civil engineering study areas include sustainability, environmental processes, geo-technical and hydraulic engineering, transport, and project management. Interaction with industry professionals is available through guest lectures, field and project work.

    For more information, visit the Bachelor of Design website.

    Alternative study options

    You may also complete a Civil Systems major within a Bachelor of Science.

    Career outcomes

    Career opportunities exist in construction, property, infrastructure, consulting, mining, land, water and waste, for a wide range of organisations including manufacturing companies, research organisations, academic institutions, mining companies, energy agencies, local, state and federal governments and local authorities.

    Equipped with a diverse skills set across a range of areas within civil engineering, you will be highly employable and have opportunities to work both locally and internationally with companies such as John Holland, Jacobs, Aurecon, Brookfield Multiplex, Leighton Contractors and many others.

  • What is Structural Engineering?

    Structural engineers apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and evaluation of materials and systems used in building load-bearing structures like roads, buildings, rail lines, dams and offshore platforms.

    Structural engineers perform roles related to the design of these structures, their longevity, and their ability to withstand extremes such as earthquake, high winds, blast or fire.

    What you study

    To graduate as a Structural Engineer with professional accreditation, you must complete a Civil Systems major within Bachelor of Design, before progressing to the Master of Engineering (Structural).

    Core engineering studies include systems design, mathematics, fluid dynamics and thermodynamics. Structural engineering study areas include structural theory and design, design in steel, geotechnical engineering and sustainable infrastructure.

    For more information, visit the Bachelor of Design website.

    Alternative study options

    You may also complete a Civil Systems major within a Bachelor of Science.

    Career outcomes

    Career opportunities exist in a variety of roles related to the design of structures, their longevity, and their ability to withstand extremes, such as earthquake, high winds, blast or fire, and the risk assessment of infrastructure, for government, consultancies and industry.

    You will find employment with national and global companies such as Arup, Bonacci Group, Brookfield, Multiplex, GHD, WorleyParsons and AECOM.

  • What is Environmental Engineering?

    Environmental engineering involves the planning, design and management of the natural environment.

    Environmental engineers require an understanding of the complexity and variability of natural systems, and the way these interact with the built environment. They focus on land and water engineering, examining issues such as land use and management, salinity, water resources management, water quality and soil rehabilitation and create sustainable solutions to environmental challenges. Environmental engineers regularly work with biologists, ecologists and resource managers in order to solve problems related to ecologically sustainable development.

    What you study

    To graduate as a Environmental Engineer with professional accreditation, you must complete a Civil Systems major within Bachelor of Design, before progressing to the Master of Engineering (Environmental).

    Environmental engineering students learn from staff active in research areas such as hydrology, irrigation and water management. The course has a strong focus on sustainability and project management. Guest lectures and seminars by industry professionals are available to students, along with community project work and site visits that combine theory with practice. Environmental engineering is a rapidly growing field and qualified environmental engineers are in demand.

    For more information, visit the Bachelor of Design website.

    Alternative study options

    You may also complete:

    Career outcomes

    The need for qualified environmental engineers has never been greater. New kinds of jobs are being developed in environmental areas such as bushfire protection, carbon management, climate change and sustainable systems. Career opportunities exist in consulting firms, conservation and natural resource management agencies, environmental protection agencies, catchment management authorities, local, state and federal government and mining companies. Environmental engineering graduates may find work with companies such as GHD, Golder Associates or Alluvium.

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