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The Bachelor of Science (Honours) is a one-year program following on from a three year full-time equivalent pass degree.

The purpose of Honours is to enable students who have performed well at undergraduate level to deepen their knowledge of approaches, perspectives and traditions in their chosen scientific discipline and undertake a significant research project. Honours is a means for connecting undergraduate study with supervised independent research by consolidating and extending work completed in the undergraduate program. As part of the honours program students will be expected to complete a significant independent research project and may be expected to complete coursework. In addition to conducting research and coursework students will generally also be expected to undertake Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) training, attend and present seminars, write a literature review, and write a thesis.

Honours students who are RAN midshipmen or RAAF officer cadets continue with this program at UNSW Canberra at ADFA after completion of their three year BSc program and then complete their Honours program at the end of the fourth year. Army officer cadets, however, at the end of the third year BSc program transfer to the Royal Military College, Duntroon for a year of military training to be commissioned as lieutenants. Those who qualify to undertake their Honours program return to the Academy to complete their program for a year.

Undergraduate Coordinator:
Dr Leesa Sidhu
 
Undergraduate Student Enquiries:
 
 
Academic Support Officer
Ph: (02) 6268 8985

 

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Mathematics.

The Chief of Defence Force Students (CDFS) Programs in Arts, Business, Engineering, Science and Technology - Aeronautical offer the opportunity for students entering UNSW Canberra with a high Entrance Rank, and who maintain a high level of performance in their studies, to undertake research in a range of disciplines that will develop their critical thinking and independent research skills beyond that available in the standard Bachelor Degree programs.

The range of CDFS Programs is characterised by the inclusion of specialist courses in critical analysis and/or research methods appropriate to the area of study. All programs also include discipline-specific research projects. The research projects will be supervised by academic staff from the relevant discipline. With the approval of the relevant Heads of Schools, multi- or cross-disciplinary projects may be undertaken. Students in the research courses may work independently or as part of a team, depending on the nature of the project undertaken, though all students will submit individual assessment. Final assessment will be based on a written paper or report and oral presentations.

Throughout the program students will be engaged with cohort activities so as to develop and maintain their interest and continuing involvement in the program via invited lectures, seminars, general reading and social events.

The CDFS Programs are of three-years’ duration in Arts, Business, Science and Technology - Aeronautical. 

A separate honours year may be undertaken. The programs in Engineering are all of four-years’ duration and are awarded with Honours.

Undergraduate Coordinator:
Dr Leesa Sidhu
 
Undergraduate Student Enquiries:
 
 
Academic Support Officer
Ph: (02) 6268 8985

 

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A UNSW Canberra Bachelor of Science degree keeps your Defence career options open.  The Australian Defence Force requires leaders with sound scientific knowledge and problem-solving skills.  As a BSc graduate you will possess the intellectual and analytical skills required to be an effective leader and have broad choices about where to take your ADF career.

A Bachelor of Science degree from UNSW Canberra offers you a diverse understanding of the physical universe, from chemistry and sub-atomic physics, to large-scale behaviours of oceans and planets, to computational techniques and data analysis.

Science is the foundation of most human knowledge, and all the machinery and technology in our society.  Science is fundamental to technology creation, computers, aircraft, ships, weapons and explosives, code-making and code-breaking and more.

The UNSW Canberra Bachelor of Science degree develops skills in critical thinking, problem solving and communciation. It develops scientific literacy, and gives detailed scientific knowledge in your chosen fields of study.  Your studies will prepare you in your career as an Officer to deal with a breadth of technical, scientific, strategic and logistic issues.

The following science discipline areas are available as majors in the Bachelor of Science:

– Aviation

– Chemistry

– Mathematics

– Computer science

– Oceanography

– Geography

– Physics

Detailed descriptions of these majors can be found in the UNSW Handbook.

Please refer to the Recommended Double-Major Combinations in the BSc program for the discipline area combinations on offer and corresponding study plans.

Key features:

– You have many choices of specialisation within a BSc degree.

– UNSW Canberra has the best university teacher-to-student ratio in Australia.

Undergraduate Coordinator:
Dr Leesa Sidhu
 
Undergraduate Student Enquiries:
Academic Support Officer
 
Ph: (02) 6268 8985
 

Recommended Double Major Combinations

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Discover where a UNSW Canberra Mechanical Engineering degree could take your Defence career.
 
As a Navy graduate you undertake courses to enhance your proessional development as a Naval Officer and a Marine Engineer before taking up postings at sea or ashore.
 
As an Army graduate you can expect to be posted to the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME), Armour of Infantry Corps.  You will work in workshops, headquarters or on equipment procurement in the Material branch.
 
The Mechanical Engineering degree is built on a branch of engineering that is concerned with machines and the production of power, and particularly with forces and motion.  It focuses on the core task of Mechanical Engineers - devising new and better ways to extract mechanical power from heat and use that power to perform useful tasks.
 
You develop a solid understanding of thermodynamics, mechanical systems dynamics, properties of solid materials, fluid dynamics, design and management.
 
The Mechanical Engineering degree has been specially developed to meet the needs of the Australian Defence Force.  The program focuses on buiding high-level project management skills and engineering expertise.

Key features:

– UNSW Canberra is the only Australian university to equip engineering students with vocational level competencies, providing a practical foundation for professional Engineers.

– UNSW Canberra has purpose built workshops and facilities, with dedicated workspaces, workshop tools, machines and welding equipment. 

– UNSW Canberra has the best university teacher-to-student ratio in Australia.

Undergraduate Discipline Coordinator (Mech):
Dr Juan Escobedo-Diaz
 
Undergraduate Student Enquiries:
Ph: (02) 6268 8269
 
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Additional selection criteria: 
Defence Force Recruiting Process
Assumed knowledge: 
Mathematics and Physics.

The Chief of Defence Force Honours Program in Engineering offers the opportunity for students entering UNSW Canberra with a high Entrance Rank, and who maintain a high level of performance in their studies, to undertake research in a range of disciplines that will develop their critical thinking and independent research skills beyond that available in the standard Engineering program.
In Year 1 of the program, students will be engaged with cohort activities so as to develop and maintain their interest and continuing involvement in the program via invited lectures, seminars, general reading and social events.
 
Commencing in Year 2, the research projects, each offered as separate courses, will be supervised by academic staff from the same or closely related discipline. Students in the research courses may work independently or as part of a team, depending on the nature of the project undertaken, though all students will submit individual assessment. Final assessment, due by the end of semester, will be based on a written paper and an oral presentation.
 
The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (CDF) in Mechanical Engineering program is of four years duration, and the degree may be awarded at Honours Class I, Honours Class II, Division I or Honours Class II, Division II. These Honours levels will be displayed on the final testamur. Candidates who do not achieve Honours Class 1 or 2 will receive a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (CDF) in Mechanical Engineering with no honours level displayed.
The program is accredited by Engineers Australia.

 

Undergraduate CDF Coordinator:
Dr Matt Woolley
 
Undergraduate Student Enquiries:
Ph: (02) 6268 8269
 
85.00
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Defence Force Recruiting Process
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Mathematics and Physics.

Discover where a UNSW Canberra Electrical Engineering degree could take your Defence career.
 
As a Navy graduate you are known as a Weapons Electrical Officer (WEO).  You are responsible for the electronic systems associated with gun and missile control systems, navigation systems, air and ground communications, radar and sonar systems, and data systems.
 
As an Army graduate you choose between the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME) or Royal Australian Signals (RASigs) corps.
 
As an Airforce graduate you may choose to work with aircraft on systems responsible for airborne electrical generation and distribution; radar and weapons systems; flight control systems; or airborne communications systems.
 
The Electrical Engineering degree is built on a foundation of mathematics, computer science and physical science.
 
In your final year you specialise in areas such as communications, surveillance and radar, computer engineering or guided weapons electronics and undertake a major research project supervised by a member of academic staff.
 
The Electrical Engineering degree has been designed specifically to meet the needs of the Australian Defence Force.  It develops high-level project management skills and engineering expertise and equips you with the skills you will require to practice as an electrical engineer.
 

Key features:

– UNSW Canberra is the only Australian university to equip engineering students with vocational level competencies, providing a practical foundation for professional Engineers. 

– UNSW Canberra has purpose built workshops and facilities, with dedicated workspaces, workshop tools, machines and welding equipment.

– UNSW Canberra has the best university teacher-to-student ratio in Australia.

Undergraduate Discipline Coordinator (Elec):
Dr Toby Boyson 
 
Undergraduate Student Enquiries:
Ph: (02) 6268 8269
 
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Additional selection criteria: 
Defence Force Recruiting Process
Assumed knowledge: 
Mathematics and Physics.

The Chief of Defence Force Honours Program in Engineering offers the opportunity for students entering UNSW Canberra with a high Entrance Rank, and who maintain a high level of performance in their studies, to undertake research in a range of disciplines that will develop their critical thinking and independent research skills beyond that available in the standard Engineering program.

In Year 1 of the program students will be engaged with cohort activities so as to develop and maintain their interest and continuing involvement in the program via invited lectures, seminars, general reading and social events.

Commencing in Year 2, the research projects, each offered as separate courses, will be supervised by academic staff from the same or closely related discipline. Students in the research courses may work independently or as part of a team, depending on the nature of the project undertaken, though all students will submit individual assessment. Final assessment, due by the end of semester, will be based on a written paper and an oral presentation.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (CDF) in Electrical Engineering is of four years duration, and the degree may be awarded at Honours Class I, Honours Class II, Division I or Honours Class II, Division II. These Honours levels will be displayed on the final testamur. Candidates who do not achieve Honours Class 1 or 2 will receive a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (CDF) (Hons) with no honours level displayed.

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (CDF) in Electrical Engineering program at UNSW Canberra has been granted full accreditation by Engineers Australia and has been recognised by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

 
Undergraduate CDF Coordinator:
Dr Matt Woolley
 
Undergraduate Student Enquiries:
Ph: (02) 6268 8269

 

98.00
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Additional selection criteria: 
Defence Force Recruiting Process
Assumed knowledge: 
Mathematics and Physics.

The Chief of Defence Force Honours Program in Engineering offers the opportunity for students entering UNSW Canberra with a high Entrance Rank, and who maintain a high level of performance in their studies, to undertake research in a range of disciplines that will develop their critical thinking and independent research skills beyond that available in the standard Engineering program.

In Year 1 of the program students will be engaged with cohort activities so as to develop and maintain their interest and continuing involvement in the program via invited lectures, seminars, general reading and social events.

Commencing in Year 2, the research projects, each offered as separate courses, will be supervised by academic staff from the same or closely related discipline. Students in the research courses may work independently or as part of a team, depending on the nature of the project undertaken, though all students will submit individual assessment. Final assessment, due by the end of semester, will be based on a written paper and an oral presentation.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (CDF) in Civil Engineering program is of four years duration, and the degree may be awarded at Honours Class I, Honours Class II, Division I or Honours Class II, Division II. These honours levels will be displayed on the final testamur. Candidates who do not achieve Honours Class 1 or 2 will receive a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (CDF) in Civil Engineering with no honours level displayed.

The Program is accredited by Engineers Australia.

Undergraduate CDF Coordinator:

Dr Matt Woolley

Undergraduate Student Enquiries:
Ph: (02) 6268 8269
 

Engineering degrees offered by UNSW Canberra aim to provide outstanding engineering education to the future leaders of the Australian Defence Force and to pursue excellence through contributions to the engineering profession, industry and the community.

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The purpose of BBus Honours degree is to enable students who have performed well at undergraduate level to deepen their knowledge of approaches, perspectives and traditions in their chosen scientific discipline and undertake a significant research project. Honours is a means for connecting undergraduate study with supervised independent research by consolidating and extending work completed in the undergraduate program and providing an academic foundation for students continuing on to a Masters by research or a PhD.
 
Undergraduate Coordinator (Bus):
Dr Samantha Johnson
 
Undergraduate Student Enquiries:
Ph: (02) 6268 9550
 

 

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