Charles Darwin University

Associate Degree of Engineering

Charles Darwin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00300K (NT); 03286A (NSW)

The Associate Degree of Engineering will provide a sound basis of fundamental engineering concepts, followed by the application of civil and structural, electrical and electronics or mechanical engineering theory and practice.The course will help you to develop skills for solving common engineering problems as well as prepare you for further study of more advanced engineering concepts in the Bachelor of Engineering Science and Bachelor of Engineering Honours.As a civil and structural engineering associate, you will contribute to the design, operation and maintenance of structures and systems for the modern world. Key areas include water resources, roads and traffic, bridges and marine structures.As an electrical and electronics engineering associate, you will assist with the design, automation and control of devices which make modern life convenient. You are involved in electronics, telecommunications, biomedical applications and power generation, storage and distribution, including renewable energy.As a mechanical engineering associate, you contribute to the design and construction of devices which improve transportation and provide more affordable manufacturing and production solutions. Key areas include mechatronics, robotics, biomechanical applications, aeroplanes, cars, pumps and pipelines.In addition to specific engineering knowledge, essential engineering skills including innovation, creativity and teamwork are developed.This course was developed in consultation with and is supported by industry leaders. It provides a sound foundation of engineering knowledge which can lead to further engineering study or to employment as an engineering associate.


The two-year course consists of 16 coursework units. The first year of study introduces foundation engineering skills common to all areas of engineering. In the second year, students follow a study path specifically developed for their stream of engineering. This course is available externally by distance learning if you are not able to attend classes on campus on a regular basis. Access to the internet is required for distance learning, with access to high speed broadband highly recommended.A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 160 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirementsCommon Units(2 units)20cpCommon units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below.CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and CapabilityCUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating TechnologySelect Common Units to find out more about individual units and advanced standing options.Core Units(7 units)70cpCompulsory Core units totalling 70 credit points as detailed below.ENG151 StaticsENG175 Internet of Things (replaces ENG174 from 2021)PMO201 Project ManagementSMA101 Mathematics 1ASMA102 Mathematics 1BSMA104 Concepts of MathematicsSPH141 Concepts of PhysicsStudents enrolled prior to 2021 should refer to the transition arrangement provided below.Specialist Elective(5 units)50cpUnits totalling 50 credit points selected from one of the specialist streams.Civil and Structural EngineeringENG212 Mechanics of SolidsENG215 Surveying and ConstructionENG247 Fluid and ThermodynamicsENG267 Hydraulics and Soil MechanicsENG364 Materials EngineeringElectrical and Electronics EngineeringENG221 Analogue ElectronicsENG223 Electrical Circuit AnalysisENG224 Electrical Machines and Power SystemsHIT235 Digital Systems and Computer ArchitectureHIT365 C ProgrammingMechanical EngineeringENG212 Mechanics of SolidsENG235 ManufacturingENG247 Fluid and ThermodynamicsENG252 DynamicsENG364 Materials Engineering Electives(2 units)20cpSelect units totalling 20 credit points may be selected from undergraduate units offered by the University. Some suggested electives are listed below however students may select other undergraduate units if desired.ECO107 Economics and the Modern Business Enterprise (replaces ECO105 from S2 2020)ENV103 Environmental IssuesHIT137 Software NowHIT164 Computing FundamentalsLAW105 Introduction to Business lawMAN105 Introduction to ManagementSCH104 Introductory Chemistry A 160Total Credit PointsStudents who commence in or after 2013No more than 10 credit points shall be counted with a grade of "PC" in an Associate Degree or Advanced Diploma AQF Level 6 course award.Of the total 160 credit points: (unless specified in the specific course structure above)* a minimum of 60 credit points must be taken from 200 level unitsStudents should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.Course Changes and Transitional Arrangements from 2021Students who commenced the Associate Degree of Engineering prior to 2021 will note there have been some changes. Core units have increased from 50 credit points to 70 credit pointsSpecialisation units have decreased from 60 credit points to 50 credit pointsElective unit requirements have decreased from 30 credit points to 20 credit pointsCore Unit ChangesThe following unit has been replaced as a core unit:ENG174 Electrical EngineeringThe following units have been added as core units:ENG175 Internet of ThingsSMA104 Concepts of MathematicsSPH141 Concepts of PhysicsSpecialisation ChangesCivil and Structural Engineering - ENG358 has been removedElectrical and Electronics Engineering - ENG227 (recoded to ENG377) has been removedMechanical Engineering - ENG338 has been removedCourse Changes and Transitional Arrangements from 2020Course Structure: Core units have been reduced from 60 credit points to 50 credit points and Elective units increased from 20 credit points to 30 credit points.Specialisation: The Chemical Engineering specialisation is no longer be available for entry from 2020. Students who have commenced Chemical Engineering prior to 2020 should liaise with the course coordinator to ensure they are able to complete.Chemical Engineering (no longer available for entry from 2020)SCH101 Chemical ConceptsSCH102 Organic and Inorganic ChemistryENG246 Process AnalysisENG247 Fluid and ThermodynamicsENG248 Unit OperationsENG341 Separation Process PrinciplesUnit discontinuation: ENG142 Concepts of Chemical Engineering has been discontinued from 2020 and removed as a required core unit. Students who have already completed ENG142 will be able to count this unit as an elective.Course Changes and Transitional Arrangements - 2016Students who have not completed ENG154 should complete either ENG227 or ENG248 or ENG338 or ENG368 as the appropriate specialist elective for their chosen stream.Students who have completed ENG154 should not complete any of the units above. Discontinued Units from 2016: ENG154 Engineering Foundations 


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Standard entry requirements

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*.Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate IV level or higher.Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 135 (or a score of 145 if prior to May 2010).Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Casuarina International: $33,480 No
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 4 years
CDU Online International: $33,480 No
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 4 years

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