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Master of Engineering - 354JA

Course Code: 354JA
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline(s): Academic Program Area - Technology
UAC Code: 880276
CRICOS Code: 090013E
Selection Rank: N/A
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Engineer your own career advancement

If you are an existing engineering graduate looking for career progression, then UC’s Master of Engineering offers the chance to not only gain an advanced qualification in a field of your choice, but also help put you on the right path to success.

With a strong emphasis on Work Integrated Learning (WIL) and real-world problem solving, this course has been specifically designed to use your existing experience and combine it with a range of new research and practical experiences to enable you to gain the skills to exceed your personal professional objectives.

As part of this course you will also undertake considerable practical work experience which is a unique opportunity designed to expand your knowledge and network base, while simultaneously strengthening your ability to meet the intricate demands of the information and telecommunications industries. 

Towards the end of the course you will also get the chance to undertake a major research project, allowing you to create and implement high-quality information systems for use in a real-life practical situation. 

This course has been specifically designed to help you graduate with advanced knowledge and skills to confidently and competently assume a senior position within your specialisation – regardless of whether you have chosen a network or software engineering pathway.

Study a Master of Engineering at UC and you will:

  • gain an advanced understanding of the specialisation (either network engineering or software engineering) including the principles to design, develop, operate and evaluate systems
  • demonstrate a conceptual and comprehensive understanding of mathematics, electronics and signal processing
  • design, implement and evaluate software engineering/network engineering projects which address contemporary and complex issues
  • distinguish which engineering principles are appropriate to use in the solution of complex technological (software/networking) problems
  • creatively apply relevant theories and techniques of data communication networks or software engineering to the interpretation, analysis and solution of technological problems
  • build stronger industry networks
  • graduate with a globally recognised and respected degree

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

Work-integrated learning (WIL) is an integral component of the UC Master of Engineering course as it offers students the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience and build professional relationships through real-work, or work-like placements.

To help encourage on the job learning, UC works hard to foster close industry connections with professional organisations, and as a result, can offer unrivalled access to industry partners with both the knowledge and resources to provide top level work placement positions and training opportunities.

As part of your studies you will be required to undertake a minimum of 12 weeks of professional work placement. Previous interships have taken placement at professional organisations such as: Intelledox, Omni Executive, Pursuit Technology, Qirx, Fujitsu Australia, Birdsnest, Agsafe, ThoughtPatterns Consulting, ESKAPEE, HydroAlgorithmics, ALLBIDS, VerveEd.com, Emanate Technology, Xero Australia and the Australian Taxation Office.

In your final year, you will also get to complete a capstone research project, producing and implementing a real-world engineering solution for a local business, government or community organisation.

Career opportunities

The UC Master of Engineering is an advanced degree that is both globally recognised and industry respected. UC’s unique connections within the industry also means that students tend to establish strong, authentic professional relationships long before they actually graduate. This close connection often means that students stand out from the competition and have a higher chance of moving into a career in any one of the following careers:

  • Software engineer
  • Network engineer
  • Software and hardware programmer
  • Network and systems administrator
  • IT project manager
  • Games developer
  • Business or systems analyst
  • Database programmer
  • IoT (Internet of Things) specialist
  • ICT security engineer
  • Software and network engineering consultant
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning engineer

Course-specific information

Applicants need to have completed a four-year Bachelor of Engineering degree (or equivalent), or a three-year bachelor’s degree accredited by Engineers Australia at a Technologist level (or equivalent), or have completed the following University of Canberra degrees:

  • Bachelor of Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Software Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science with a major in either Software Engineering or Network Engineering.

Accreditation with Engineers Australia at Professional Engineer level is being pursued.

Enquiries

Current and Commencing Students
Please contact the University Student Centre by Email student.centre@canberra.edu.au or Phone 1300 301 727
Prospective Domestic Students
Email study@canberra.edu.au or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students
Email international@canberra.edu.au or Phone +61 2 6201 5342

Admission Requirements

A 4 year Bachelor of Engineering degree or equivalent, or a 3 year bachelor degree accredited by Engineers Australia at Technologist level or equivalent. Or, graduates from the following University of Canberra degrees: Bachelor of Information Technology, 322AA; or Bachelor of Software Engineering, 560AA; or Bachelor of Science, 392AB with Major in Software Engineering or Network Engineering.

Assumed Knowledge

None.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2020 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course

Awards

Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Master of Engineering (Software Engineering) ME (SE)
Master of Engineering (Network Engineering) ME (Network E)

Alternate Exit Awards

Graduate Diploma in Computing Engineering Graduate Certificate in Computing Engineering

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      Placement: The unit involves an internship, practicum or other work place experience program. Some on-campus, face to face activity may also be required.
      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2020 CSP $32,000

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.


Professional Accreditation

Accreditation with Engineering Australia at Professional Engineer level is being pursued.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Knowledge:
Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of their specialisation (either networking engineering or software engineering) including the principles to design, develop, operate and evaluate systems, the associated services and applications assuring the appropriate security and quality mechanisms.
- Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
Demonstrate a conceptual and comprehensive understanding of mathematics, electronics, and signal processing, which underpin the engineering specialisation - and to be able to synthesize the relevant concepts as they are employed within information and networking systems as applicable to their relevant specialisation in software or network engineering. - Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
Skills:
Through applied research and theory based understanding, graduates will be able to develop a detailed specification from an initial brief, evaluate the various design options available to meet a given set of technical requirements, formulate a final design specification, and demonstrate how to implement and test the preferred option.
- Use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
- Evaluate and adopt new technology.
Creatively apply relevant theories and techniques of data communication networks or software engineering to the interpretation, analysis and solution of technological problems in the merging software and telecommunication industry, such as those encountered in the Commonwealth Public Service, major telecommunications companies and national and international software and networking industry companies. - Use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
- Make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives.
Effectively communicate findings to specialist and non-specialist audiences in a manner that is clear, concise and demonstrates a clear message of an integrated and advanced understanding of the subject matter. - Communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings;
- Work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict.
Design, implement and evaluate software engineering/network engineering projects which address contemporary and complex issues. - Display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload.
Application of Knowledge and Skills:
Contextualise the most recent practical and theoretical developments in Software Engineering or Network Engineering and justify their application in various contemporary and emerging professional fields.
- Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills.
Utilising the expert-level judgement, graduates will be able to distinguish which engineering principles are appropriate to use in the solution of complex technological (software/networking) problems. - Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
- Adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries;
- Understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures.
Demonstrate an understanding of the professional engineering environment including autonomous initiative, appropriate team working skills, management and leadership, professional communication, and engineering workplace ethics, responsibilities, safety and sustainability. - Communicate effectively;
- Work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict;
- Take pride in their professional and personal integrity;
- Behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives;
- Think globally about issues in their profession.
Demonstrate the ability to transfer and enhance the knowledge and skills acquired during the course to new or complementary areas of engineering and technology through the establishment of continuing professional development plans and career goal planning, all of which are keys for lifelong learning. - Reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development;
- Be self-aware;
- Take pride in their professional and personal integrity.

Course Duration

Standard 4 semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum 12 semesters.

Honours

None.

Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

Graduate Certificate in Computing Engineering, Graduate Diploma in Computing Engineering

Government Support

Year CSP Places Available Eligible for Student
Income Support (Centrelink)
2020 YES NO

Offerings

  • Past Offerings
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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