Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) - FAQs
From 1 January 2015, the Bachelor of Engineering degree will be renamed as the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours). This change will affect all single, double and combined degree versions of the Bachelor of Engineering.
How will this affect you? Please refer to the frequently asked questions below.
For further information, contact the ECMS Faculty Office on 8313 4148 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Why has the Bachelor of Engineering degree been renamed as the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree?
The purpose of this rename is to ensure that the University of Adelaide's undergraduate engineering degrees are compliant with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) by aligning them with the Level 8 qualification level of the AQF. This change is consistent with the approach of other Group of Eight engineering faculties and this will ensure that the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), in addition to qualifying graduates to undertake professional work in an engineering discipline, will provide a pathway for research and further learning.
- What does this change mean for continuing students enrolling in 2015?
All continuing students will be automatically transferred to a renamed version of their current degree. Please refer to the full list of renamed engineering degrees.
- Do I need to do anything to be transferred to the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)?
No. This will be done automatically by the University. When your transfer is complete you will see your renamed degree appear on your academic transcript and Access Adelaide account.
- I am an international student: is there anything different for me?
No. You will be automatically transferred to a renamed version of your current degree. Please note that your current Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) will also be transferred over to your renamed degree. Therefore, you will not require a new COE as this rename is not changing the duration of your degree. Should you require more information about your current COE please contact the International Student Centre.
- When will my transfer take place?
The automatic transfer will take place before the commencement of Semester 1, 2015. You will be notified when this is set to take place.
- I am completing the academic requirements of my degree at the end of Semester 2, 2014. What does this change mean for me?
Your completion will pre-date the effective date of this rename and so you are not affected by this change. You do not need to change your current Semester 2, 2014 enrolment. You will graduate with an engineering degree as it is currently offered: Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Engineering with Honours - depending on the level of academic merit (weighted average) you have achieved throughout your degree.
- I am a continuing student enrolling in 2015: is the curriculum of my degree changing?
In the current Bachelor of Engineering degree students have to qualify for honours at the end of third year to determine whether they enrol in the honours or design project (or additional electives) in final year.
From 1 January 2015 the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree will become AQF Level 8 compliant meaning that all students are now required to do a final year research/honours project. That is, because the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree is now required to have enhanced research content, there is no longer the option to undertake a design project or additional electives in lieu of the research/honours project.
The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) has the same honours grade thresholds as are currently in place except that students who achieve an overall result of less than 65% will receive Third Class honours rather than no honours (commonly referred to as a pass degree).
Weighted average Bachelor of Engineering
(old honours class)
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
(new honours class)
>=75% First First <75% but >=70% Second A Second A <70% but >=65% Second B Second B <65% but >=50% Pass (no honours) Third
- I am a continuing student enrolling in 2015: do I need to change my planned enrolment in 2015?
It is important to note that not all students are immediately affected by this change. The only students who will need to transition their 2015 enrolments to the enhanced research content are:
a) continuing students who have enrolled in their final year project in 2014, and
b) continuing students who have completed their final year project in 2014 (or earlier).
For all other students in first, second or third years of their engineering degree, you will not need to transition to this change in 2015. The final year of your Study Plan will be updated and you will enrol according to this study plan when you reach this point in your degree. The initial impact you will see from this change is your renamed degree appearing on both your academic transcript and Access Adelaide account.
- So what is the transition plan for students in a) and b)?
If a) or b) applies to you (and, furthermore, you still have final year engineering courses to complete in 2015) you will need to request a degree check from the ECMS Faculty Office.
- When will the Study Plan for my renamed degree be available?
Click on the link to access your 2015 study plan.
- Will this change add more units to my degree?
No. You will transition into the enhanced research requirement of your degree. The requirement for all students to complete a research/honours project will not add additional units to the total required to fulfil the requirements of your degree.
- What if I want to graduate without honours?
It is unlikely that a continuing student will not wish to graduate with an AQF Level 8 compliant Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree. However, if this is the case, you are advised to contact the ECMS Faculty Office (Level 1, Ingkarni Wardli Building) on 08 8313 4148 or via email email@example.com.
- Does the rename of my degree impact on its accreditation with Engineers Australia or other accrediting bodies?
No. All current accreditations remain in place.
- Do I still need to complete my practical experience requirement?
Yes. All engineering students must still complete a minimum of 12 weeks of practical experience (which must include a minimum of 6 weeks under the supervision of a professional engineer).
- Where do I go for more information?
In the first instance, you should contact the ECMS Faculty Office (Level 1, Ingkarni Wardli Building) on
08 8313 4148 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org