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Diploma of Engineering

  • Direct entry to the 2nd year of Bachelor degrees in Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Environmental Engineering
  • Supportive learning environment provides the best possible preparation for Deakin University
  • Study on a Deakin University campus with full access to accommodation, support services

Key Information


8 or 12 months


  • March
  • June
  • October


Geelong Waurn Ponds



The Diploma of Engineering is a broad course that will give you the skills and knowledge required for a full spectrum of opportunities in the field of engineering. You can choose to specialise in civil, electrical and electronics, environmental, mechanical or mechatronics engineering when you enter second year at Deakin University.

Employment and career options upon completing your Bachelor degree

Pursue an engineering career in disciplines like:

  • Aerospace
  • Aircraft control and navigation
  • Automotive industry
  • Conservation and natural resource management
  • Construction
  • Design and manufacturing
  • Electronic control systems
  • Energy
  • Factory control
  • Government engineering
  • Mining
  • Oil and gas
  • Roads and railroads
  • Shipbuilding
  • Robotics
  • Waste and water management

Course Structure

Complete and pass 6 units (8 credit points):

SEB101 Engineering Fundamentals (1 credit point)

The unit will commence with a calculus treatment of kinematics of motion in one, two and three dimensions, including parabolic motion. The application of Newton’s laws to a wide variety of phenomena will be investigated and the concepts of work, energy and the conservation laws discussed. Rotational kinematics and dynamics will be introduced, including the concepts of moment of inertia, torque, moment of a force. Also introduced are electrical concepts of charge, field, and voltage. Other topics to be covered are vectors, statics, centre of mass and centroids.

Assessment: Examination 50%, 5 x laboratory reports 30%, In-class tests (2 x 10% each) 20%. To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must achieve an overall mark of at least 40% in the laboratory reports.

SEJ101 Design Fundamentals (2 credit points)

SEJ101 focuses on the principles and practice of design. Design is an essential characteristic of professional practice and requires unique knowledge, skills and attitudes common to a number of disciplines. In this unit, students will explore the process of design ideation, definition, prototyping and testing by working on authentic real world problems. The unit will allow students the opportunity to examine humanitarian problems in disadvantaged communities. Learning and assessment activities in this unit will require students to use creative processes to conceive, test and reflect on ideas. Students will be encouraged to view design problem from holistic and atomistic perspectives, paying attention to detail, and showing empathy for biases, values and needs of clients and users. Students will investigate design thinking and strategies, and modelling techniques to generate, evaluate and specify products in order to develop solutions to identified problems.

Assessment: Humanitarian design project (group) 20%, oral presentation (individual) 10%, design portfolio (individual) 50%, case study report (individual) 20%. To be eligible for a pass in this unit, students must achieve a minimum of 50% on the portfolio and group report.

SIT172 Programming for Engineers (1 credit point)

On successful completion of this unit, students will have the ability to use a standard approach to program development, as well as understand the structure theorem and be aware of its consequences for algorithm design. They will have the ability to use structured programming techniques to produce modular solutions exhibiting good coupling and cohesion. They will be able to correct syntactic and semantic errors and include error handling in their software design. Students will use pseudocode to define the solution and develop solutions using spreadsheets, the C Programming language and the Matlab development environment.

Assessment: 50% assignments; 50% final examination

SIT194 Introduction to Mathematical Modelling (1 credit point)

This unit includes: functions and limits; derivatives and integrals of combinations of polynomials, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions; sequences, series tests and power series; vectors, lines and planes; first order differential equations. Applications studied include graph sketching; approximations to solutions of equations and integrals; formulation of models to solve science and engineering problems.

Assessment: 40% four assignments (each worth 10%); 60% final examination

To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must achieve a mark of at least 40% in the examination

SIT199 Applied Algebra and Statistics (1 credit point)

This unit includes: the algebra of complex numbers, matrices and sets; probability, and the major discrete and continuous probability distributions. The relationship between exponential functions, trigonometric functions and complex numbers is emphasised and applied to electrical networks. Solutions to systems of linear equations using matrices and determinants, and applications of set theory and symbolic logic are considered. The statistics techniques and examples studied are relevant to the sciences in general while particular reference is made in the lectures to applications in engineering.

Assessment: 40% assignments and tasks (class tests), 60% final examination. To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must achieve a mark or at least 50% in the examination.

One of SEJ102 Electrical Systems Engineering Project (2 credit points)~ or SEJ103 Materials Engineering Project (2 credit points)^

SEJ102 Electrical Systems Engineering Project (2 credit points)~

This is a project and design-based unit which introduces students to the fundamentals of electrical systems, covering three main topics; electricity basics including capacitance, resistance, inductance and EMF; electric circuits; and semi-conductor devices. The unit will also introduce students to elements of professional practice including OHS, professional ethics and sustainability in the context of Engineering projects. Students will work in groups, using their knowledge gained through classes, studios and practical experiences, the concepts covered in the seminar sessions, as well as knowledge gained from self-directed learning to complete their design of an electrical systems project meeting specified requirements. Students will communicate the considerations taken in their design in a variety of forms including written assessments tasks and a group presentation.

Assessment: In-class tests 20%, group design proposal 25%, group presentation 10%, individual portfolio 45%. To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must receive at least 40% in the Portfolio, and a minimum of 40% on the Group Presentation

SEJ103 Materials Engineering Project (2 credit points)^

This unit introduces students to the main classes of materials, their basic structure and the way in which the structure determines their mechanical and functional properties. Case-studies and practicals will be used to highlight the basis for selecting a material in a specific application and to introduce student’s to material testing methodologies. The unit will also introduce students to current research into materials to show how the structure can be manipulated to improve performance in specific applications.During the start of trimester students will undertake various learning activities including classes, tutorials and practical sessions to cover key principles related to materials. Later in trimester students will be predominantly working in groups during tutorial sessions and incorporating both directed and self-directed online learning activities to develop their project and to discuss progress with facilitators. All students will be required on campus during the intensive week for activities related to the project. The unit will also introduce students to elements of professional practice including OHS, professional ethics and sustainability in the context of Engineering projects.

Assessment: In-class tests (individual) 20%, practical problem task: Material property calculation and identification (individual) 20%, design proposal (group) 25%, design report (individual) 35%.To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must achieve an overall mark of at least 50% and an average mark of at least 40% in the in-class tests and a mark of at least 40% in the design proposal

All Diploma of Engineering students must complete SEJ010 Introduction to Safety and Project Oriented Learning and STP050 Academic Integrity, which are 50-minute integrity and safety training units. Both STP050 and SEJ010 are 0 credit point compulsory units and do not count toward your total credit requirements.

^ For students intending to articulate into either the Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) or Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours).

~For students intending to articulate into either the Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (Honours) or Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours).


Online and on-campus classes run between 11am and 9pm on weekdays (Melbourne time). Most units run as 2 x 2-hour classes each week. Some units have additional prac sessions. We recommend 4-6 hours of private study per unit, per week.

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Second Year Entry to Deakin University*

Australian and International students
(Note: Cloud option is not available to international students)

Note: The undergraduate Engineering courses are four year degrees. On completion of the Deakin College Diploma you will be required to study an additional 3 years of full-time study.

T1 (Trimester 1 entry); T2 (Trimester 2 entry); T3 (Trimester 3 entry)

* See Diploma to Degree transfer criteria.

Academic Entry Requirements

More Information

For further details about units and availability, trimester structures, transferring to Deakin University and more, please download the course outline below.

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