Diploma in Engineering (DipEng)

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Special Notes

These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies).


The Diploma of Engineering provides a flexible program of study in which students can gain exposure to a variety of discipline specific courses, meet SACE Stage 2 prerequisites in mathematics, physics and/or chemistry for admission to Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) awards through equivalent University courses, and gain direct entry into a named Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) single or double degree upon completion.

The Diploma of Engineering is an AQF Level 5 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 1 year.

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.
3. Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the computer and information sciences that underpin engineering practice.
4. Demonstrate an introductory 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.
7. Apply critical and independent thinking to make sound judgements, based on evidence, theory and logical reasoning.
8. Be an effective, emotionally and culturally intelligent team member.

Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Program Director 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 Diploma in Engineering

There shall be a Diploma in Engineering.

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the Diploma of Engineering, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of 24 units, comprising: 

  1. Level I courses to the value of 24 units, which must include:
  • Core Mathematics courses to the value of 6 units 
  • Core Engineering courses to the value of 3 units 
  • Stream Elective courses to a minimum value of 9 units and maximum value of 15 units 

and may include:

  • Prerequisite Physics courses to the value of up to 6 units 

      2. Students must choose one set of Stream Elective courses from the following: 

  • Architectural and Structural Engineering 
  • Chemical Engineering 
  • Civil Engineering 
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering 
  • Environmental and Climate Solutions Engineering 
  • Mechanical Engineering 
  • Mining Engineering 
  • Petroleum Engineering 
  • Software Engineering 
  • Flexible Entry 
Core courses

To satisfy the requirements for Core courses students must complete courses to the value of 9 units.

Core Mathematics courses to the value of 6 units from the following:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
MATHS 1013 Mathematics IM 3
MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA 3
MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB 3


Core Engineering courses to the value of 3 units from the following:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
ENG 1001 Introduction to Engineering 3


Prerequisite Physics courses to the value of up to 6 units may be taken from the following (as required): 

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
PHYSICS 1101 Physics for the Life and Earth Sciences IA 3
PHYSICS 1201 Physics for the Life and Earth Sciences IB 3