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Overview

The Master of Professional Engineering (Computer Systems) is a flexible degree that will allow you to fast-track your career in computer systems engineering.

The program includes a variety of advanced engineering courses to help you extend your technical skills. You can choose to develop your expertise in wireless communications, signal processing, electronics design, data structures, advanced computer systems, internet communications and machine intelligence.

You can also diversify your engineering expertise with courses in mechatronics or software engineering, or broaden your skills base in a complimentary area such as business and management skills, entrepreneurship and innovation, design or environmental management. You will also complete an advanced engineering project (design-based or theoretical – the choice is yours), which can potentially be linked to industry.

The flexible nature of the program puts you in control. Whether you want to specialise or diversify, move into a more senior role, lead teams or projects, develop sophisticated research and innovation skills for R&D roles - you can choose courses to support your personal career goals.

2-year or 1-year?
If you are a graduate of an Australian Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree, or equivalent, you can complete the MPE in just one year.

If you are an international student seeking professional recognition from Engineers Australia* and the Washington Accord, or if you wish to extend your engineering and professional expertise in an Australian context, the 2-year MPE is the ideal program. Your study program will be designed to build on your prior studies and develop the core technical competencies to ensure you qualify –these will be chosen from areas such as analog and digital communications, operating systems, web technologies, network and distributed computing, telecommunication networks, digital and computer electronics, and data security.

* Pending accreditation of this degree by Engineers Australia.

Domestic Student Program and Fee Summary
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Note: This Program and Fee Summary is intended to provide an overview of the Program Requirements. It is the prospective student’s responsibility to investigate the Program and Enrolment Terms and Conditions carefully prior to applying.

Program Intake
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
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Number of Courses
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Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.

8-16

Program Code

40060

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International Student Program and Fee Summary
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Note: This Program and Fee Summary is intended to provide an overview of the Program Requirements. It is the prospective student’s responsibility to investigate the Program and Enrolment Terms and Conditions carefully prior to applying.

Program Intake
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Tuition Fees
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Number of Courses
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Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.

8-16
CRICOS

092857M

Program Code

40060

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Program Code 40060
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
CRICOS Code 092857M
Contributing Schools and Faculties
Admission Instructions:

How to apply as a:

Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Face to Face
Program Plans

Description

Computer systems engineers are experts in software development, electronic hardware design and networking. They design, build and test computer hardware and interface hardware to other equipment and networks. They also write the software with which the end user interacts.

The Master of Professional Engineering (Computer Systems) program covers the theoretical and practical knowledge required to create a computing system from initiation to completion. It enables students to innovate a computer system as part of an existing engineering system such as a controller of industrial plant or equipment. The degree focusses on underlying principles and techniques so that graduates are able to learn and apply new technologies as they emerge in the future.

Admission Requirements

Direct Admission into the 1 Year MPE (Computer Systems) Program*:

  • Graduates from the University of Newcastle or another institution with a Bachelor Honours Degree (AQF 8) with Class 2 Division 2 or above in Computer Systems Engineering
  • Graduates from the University of Newcastle or another institution with a Bachelor Honours Degree (AQF 8) in Computer Systems Engineering with a Newcastle calculated GPA of 4.5 or above

Direct Admission into the 2 Year MPE (Computer Systems) Program*:

  • Graduates from the University of Newcastle or another institution with a Bachelor Degree (AQF 7) in Computer Systems Engineering AND a Newcastle calculated GPA of 4.5 or above

Direct Admission into the MPE Program:

  • Applicants currently undertaking or having completed the Master of Engineering Management program at the University of Newcastle may be admitted to the Master of Professional Engineering in the same discipline area as their undergraduate engineering degree.  The volume of learning required for the MPE will be assessed for individual applicants based on their background.

*Further Admission Requirements (if applicable)

Alternative Engineering Disciplines:

Applications for the Master of Professional Engineering (Computer Systems) from graduates from a different engineering discipline other than computer systems engineering are welcomed, but will be assessed for eligibility on an individual basis by the Faculty.

GPA Equivalence for Non-University of Newcastle Applicants:

Applicants from external institutions will be required to provide transcripts of previous studies to allow assessment of GPA equivalence on the University of Newcastle scale.

Alternate Entry Path Incorporating Work Experience:

Applications from graduates with an appropriate Bachelor Degree (AQF 7) or Honours Degree (AQF 8 ) in engineering not meeting the above requirements, BUT with significant relevant work experience will be assessed for eligibility on an individual basis by the Faculty.

 

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Requirements and Structure

2 year program:

The MPE (Computer Systems) comprises 160 units, 50 of which are core courses, 70 of which are directed courses, and 40 of which are electives that can be selected from a specialised area of study.

1 year program:

Students completing a one year MPE (Computer Systems) must complete 80 units, 20 of which are core courses, 20 of which are directed courses, and 40 of which are electives that can be selected from a specialised area of study.

  • Core course for 1 year program: ELEC6840 (20 units).

Course Information

Core Courses

Core Course for 1 Year Students: 1 Year students complete the following core course..

Code Name Availability Units
ELEC6840 MPE Thesis Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
20 units

Core Courses for 2 Year Students: 2 Year students complete the following core courses..

Code Name Availability Units
ELEC6840A Final Year Project A Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC6840B Final Year Project B Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
20 units
ENGG3500 Managing Engineering Projects Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
ENGG6500 Engineering Complexity Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units

Directed Courses - 1 year students

Directed Courses - 1 Year Students: 1 Year students choose 20 units from the following directed courses.

Code Name Availability Units
COMP6360 Data Security Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
COMP6380 Machine Intelligence Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC6210 Electronics Design Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC6400 Signal Processing Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC6550 Wireless Communication Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC6700 Advanced Computer Systems Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG6051 Web Technologies Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG6120 Data Structures Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG6350 Systems Analysis and Design Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units

Directed Courses - 2 year students

2 year students choose 70 units from the following directed courses (maximum 10 units at 3000 level, maximum 60 units at 4000 level, minimum 40 units at 6000 level). Note that if you do not have adequate background knowledge for certain advanced courses, you may be required to complete ENGG6200 in a specified area to fill your knowledge gap. Please see Program Convenor for advice..

Code Name Availability Units
COMP6240 Operating Systems Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
COMP6360 Data Security Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
COMP6380 Machine Intelligence Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC3500 Telecommunication Networks Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC3540 Analog and Digital Communications Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC3730 Digital and Computer Electronics 2 Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Trimester 1 - 2017 (Singapore) (Singapore)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC4720 Programmable Logic Design Not currently offered 10 units
ELEC6210 Electronics Design Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC6400 Signal Processing Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC6550 Wireless Communication Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC6700 Advanced Computer Systems Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
ENGG6200 Project/Directed Reading Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG6051 Web Technologies Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG6120 Data Structures Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG6350 Systems Analysis and Design Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG6400 Network and Distributed Computing Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units

Electives

Choose 40 units outside core or compulsory courses for this program.

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

Learning Outcomes

  • Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of engineering fundamentals and/or the underpinning natural and physical sciences as applicable to the engineering discipline
  • Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline
  • In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline
  • Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline
  • Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline
  • Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline
  • Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving
  • Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources
  • Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes
  • Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects
  • Ethical conduct and professional accountability
  • Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains
  • Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour
  • Professional use and management of information
  • Orderly management of self, and professional conduct
  • Effective team membership and team leadership
  • Demonstrated capacity for dealing with uncertain problems using self-direction

Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University’s credit website and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

International Students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Additional Support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program,  contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility  before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages unless they can complete both their principal program and the Diploma in Languages within the duration of their CoE. For more information please contact the Student Advice team.

Assumed Knowledge

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Computer Systems) or equivalent Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Systems) or equivalent

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