Computer Engineering - 3645

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Engineering


Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Typical Duration: 4 Years

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 3

Max UOC Per Semester: 27

Min UOC For Award: 192

UAC Code: 425700

Domestic Entry Cut-off: 91.00  

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Bachelor of Engineering (Major)

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Program Description

The Computer Engineering program aims to produce graduates with sound knowledge in both the hardware and software aspects of computer systems. Software aspects are covered in courses offer by the School of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE). Hardware aspects are covered in courses offered by CSE and the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications. The program was jointly developed by these two schools.

Within the program, students study foundational courses in Maths and Physics, as well as core computing and electronics courses. In later years, students have a range of elective choices, in areas such as networks, operating systems, embedded systems, telecommunications, and artificial intelligence.

Computer Engineering is also available as a component of the concurrent degree programs:
For details of all academic requirements for this program see Please see Rules

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

Please see Rules

Program Structure

Students should consult the timetable, and review prerequisites when determining which order to complete the following:

Year 1
And ONE of:
And ONE of:
And ONE of:
Plus choose 2 electives from the Year 1 Elective list Electives

Suggested Year 1 electives for this program are (choose 2):
Note: Students who have already completed 12 UOC of BE First Year Electives may use this credit to count towards 6 UOC of Breadth Elective and 6 UOC of Depth Elective. If you have any questions, please contact the CSE Student Office.

Year 2
And ONE of:
  • General Education (6UOC)

Year 3
  • Breadth Electives (18UOC)
  • Depth Elective (6UOC)
  • General Education (6UOC)

Year 4
  • Breadth/Coverage Elective (6UOC)
  • Depth Electives (18UOC)
Breadth courses: A listing of the available courses can be found here.

Depth courses: Courses that require a Breadth elective, or a core COMP3 course as a pre-requisite. A listing can be found below. A listing can be found here.

Coverage Courses: Other COMP3 or COMP4 courses not listed as Breadth or Depth.

BE First Year Electives can be found at Electives

It is recommended that students start thinking about Industrial Training in the summer after Year 2 and Year 3. Graduation may be delayed if a satisfactory report for 60 days industrial training has not been received by the release of final year results.

The Program Director must approve the program selected by each student if it does not fall within the guidelnes set out for completion of the degree. Not all electives are offered in each session. Students are advised each year of the timetable of available electives. It may be possible to substitute other electives run by the participating schools, apart from those listed below, but this is not permitted if it unduly restricts the range of courses studied overall.

General Education Requirements

For details of all academic requirements for this program see Please see Rules


In the Bachelor of Engineering degree programs, honours are awarded for meritorious performance over the degree program with special attention paid to a candidate's performance in the final year courses and thesis project, please see link to Honours Policy

Academic Rules

For details of all academic requirements for this program see Please see Rules


For information regarding fees for UNSW programs, please refer to the following website:

Industrial Training

All students in the BE in Computer Engineering, Bioinformatics Engineering and Software Engineering programs must complete at least 60 days of approved Industrial Training before the end of Year 4.

Computing Requirements
Information regarding recommended computing equipment and software for the program is available from the School of Computer Science and Engineering Help Desk.

Further Information and Requirements

Some courses listed here also offer advanced versions.

Professional Recognition

Engineers Australia

The professional body for engineering in Australia is Engineers Australia, which has as its first objective the promotion of the science and practice of engineering in all its branches.

Engineers Australia has its national headquarters in Canberra and functions through a series of divisions, the local one being the Sydney Division. Within each division are branches representing the main interests within the profession, e.g. civil, mechanical, electrical, engineering management and environmental engineering.

Students of an approved school of engineering may join the Institution as a student member (StudIEAust). Student members receive the monthly publication Engineers Australia and for a small fee they also receive The Transactions which contains articles on a particular branch of engineering.

Student members are invited to participate in the Excellence Award for Work Experience, the National Young Engineer of the Year Award and to avail themselves of other Engineers Australia services including the Mentor Scheme and industrial experience guidance.

For more information and membership application forms, contact Engineers Australia, Sydney Division, Level 3, 8 Thomas Street, CHATSWOOD NSW 2067 - telephone 02 9410 5600

The Australian Computing Society

The peak professional body for computing in Australia is the Australian Computing Society (ACS) -

The objectives of the ACS can be found here and include: "advanc[ing] professional excellence in information and communications technology, and further[ing] the study, science and application of information and communications technology."

Again, students who want to join ACS should go to Join Now

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