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Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Electrical)

Stream Overview

With rapid transformation occurring across industries and a greater emphasis on green technologies, electrical engineers are set to play a vital role in building our future society.

Electrical engineers design, develop, install and maintain systems in areas as diverse as computer systems, power systems, electronics and telecommunications. They also deal with computer architecture, digital communications, embedded systems, instrumentation, lasers, microelectronics, microwaves and antennas, optical communications, satellite mobile communications, signal processing and systems design.

As an electrical engineering graduate, you will have the opportunity to positively contribute to many of today's challenges including climate change, environmental preservation, sustainability, renewable energy generation and healthcare.

Electrical engineering programs provide the scientific, mathematical and engineering foundations required to design systems across diverse areas like satellite communications, high-performance computing, telecommunications, signal processing, energy generation and biomedical engineering.

Course Requirements

To meet requirements for the Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Electrical), a candidate must successfully complete 192 credit points, comprising:

  1. 36 credit points from the Engineering Core Table, including all required units
  2. The Professional Engagement Program (PEP). Details of the requirements of PEP can be found on the Faculty of Engineering Student Portal
  3. 108 credit points from the Electrical Stream Core Table, including all required units
  4. A minimum of 48 credit points of additional units from the Electrical Stream Specialist Table, including satisfying any additional requirements specified for the Specialist Table
  5. A maximum of 12 credit points of general electives may be taken

The majors that best align with the Electrical Engineering stream are:

For a standard enrolment plan for Electrical Engineering visit CUSP (

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the Electrical Engineering stream students will be able to:

No. Mid-Level Learning Outcomes
1 Demonstrate mastery of analytical skills including the applications and limitations of physics, linear algebra, calculus and statistical models, and scientific methodology.
2 Demonstrate proficiency with the tools, methods, principles, technical knowledge and conceptual frameworks of electrical engineering, including electrical circuits, digital logic, power engineering, computer programming, computer architecture, telecommunications and/or embedded systems.
3 Effectively address non-routine design and troubleshooting problems.
4 Apply diverse strategies to develop and implement innovative ideas in electrical engineering systems.
5 Plan, design, and review electrical engineering systems, services and policies.
6 Recognise and respond to the interdisciplinary context of electrical engineering systems.
7 Find, interpret, evaluate and manage research in electrical engineering systems to support decision making.
8 Present compelling oral, written and graphic evidence to communicate electrical engineering practice.
9 Contribute as an individual to multidisciplinary and multicultural teams to deliver electrical engineering related projects.
10 Apply relevant values, standards and judgement to contribute to the economic, social and environmental sustainability of electrical engineering systems.