Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Petroleum) with majors in Civil, Chemical, Mechanical or Mining engineering (BE(Hons)(Petrol))

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This program integrates core petroleum engineering with geosciences and management and builds a strong foundation of mathematics, physics, geology, geophysics, computer applications and engineering principles. Over the course of the program, the subjects studied change from more general engineering topics to very specific petroleum-related topics. There is also a focus on management and business-related aspects. All Engineering students will complete a common first year before branching out into their disciplines and majors. Students can choose the following majors, Chemical engineering, Civil engineering, Mechanical engineering and Mining engineering.  In the first year, students study a range of engineering and mathematics courses that are common to many branches of engineering. Students are also introduced to the petroleum industry and to the key geological, physical and chemical principles that govern recovery from petroleum reservoirs. In the second and third year areas of study are developed with a broader range of petroleum engineering and geosciences topics. In final two years, students expand their technical knowledge and develop business skills such as economic evaluation and project management as well as undertake a final year project.
The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Petroleum) with majors is an AQF Level 8 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 5 years.

This program is accredited by Engineers Australia and graduates of the program qualify for professional membership of Engineers Australia.

Program Learning Outcome
1. Contribute to the design of creative, sustainable, economic and safe solutions, which satisfy the objectives of clients and stakeholders.
2. Demonstrate a broad, theory-based understanding of the mathematical, natural and physical sciences underpinning engineering practice, and evaluate the differences between theoretical and applied system behaviour.
3. Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the computer and information sciences that underpin engineering practice.
4. Demonstrate a substantial and contemporary body-of-knowledge of engineering methods, tools and processes for a specific discipline, complemented by relevant knowledge from related disciplines.
5. Professionally and ethically conduct themselves and their work, respecting the communities and cultural norms within which that work is carried out.
6. Communicate objectively and effectively, in written and oral forms, to lay and expert audiences.
7. Apply critical and independent thinking to make sound judgements, based on evidence, theory and logical reasoning.
8. Maintain and develop knowledge of advancements in engineering practice and research in the specific discipline, and apply this knowledge innovatively when devising solutions.
9. Be an effective, emotionally and culturally intelligent team member, with leadership potential.
10. Apply a systems approach to managing and developing solutions to complex problems.

Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Executive Dean or delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program. 

Academic Program Rules for Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Petroleum) with majors in Civil, Chemical, Mechanical or Mining engineering

There shall be a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Petroleum) with majors in Civil, Chemical, Mechanical or Mining engineering.

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Petroleum), the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 120 units, comprising:

  1. Courses to the value of 120 units; comprising core courses up to 63 units and 57 units of one of the following majors which must be completed:
    • Chemical engineering
    • Civil engineering
    • Mechanical engineering
    • Mining engineering
  2. A total of 8 weeks of approved engineering work placement is required. Students will need to enrol into the ENG 3100 Engineering Internship UG (0 units) course to complete this requirement.  
  3. Unless exempted, international students are required to take ENG 1011 Introduction to Engineering EAL in lieu of ENG 1001 Introduction to Engineering.
  4. Students who have not undertaken SACE Stage 2 Specialist Mathematics (or equivalent) will be required to enrol in Mathematics IM, followed by Mathematics IA with Mathematics IB taken in Summer Semester to complete the Mathematics requirements at Level I. The satisfactory completion of Mathematics IM is in addition to the normal requirements for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).
Core courses

To satisfy the requirements for Core courses students must complete courses to the value of 63 units.

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
ENG 1001 Introduction to Engineering 3
ENG 1003 Programming (Matlab and Excel) 3
ENG 3004 Systems Engineering and Industry Practice 3
ENG 4002A Honours Engineering Research Project - Part A 0
ENG 4002B Honours Engineering Research Project - Part B 6
GEOLOGY 2500 Sedimentary Geology II 3
MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA 3
MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB 3
MATHS 2106 Differential Equations for Engineers II 3
MATHS 2107 Statistics & Numerical Methods II 3
PETROENG 1005 Introduction to Subsurface Geoscience & GeoEnergy 3
PETROENG 1006 Introduction to Petroleum Engineering 3
PETROENG 2009 Formation Evaluation, Petrophysics & Rock Properties 3
PETROENG 2010 Drilling Engineering 3
PETROENG 3020 Production Engineering 3
PETROENG 3025 Reservoir Engineering 3
PETROENG 4022 Integrated Field Development and Economics Project 3
PETROENG 4027 Decision Making and Risk Analysis 3
PETROENG 4037 Unconventional Resources and Recovery 3
PETROENG 4064 Data analytics in oil and gas industry 3
PETROENG 4073 Carbon Capture & Storage in Geological Formations 3