Next intakeNot applicable
DurationFull-time 4 years
AU$41,280 (2022 annual)
Next intakeFebruary, July
At RMIT, computer and network engineering are taught together to provide graduates with the opportunity to work in their preferred field. You will learn and implement the fundamental technologies behind computerised, smart and intelligent digital systems used in modern life. The degree allows you to focus your skills on a range of computer systems and network engineering topics ranging from the Internet of Things (IoT) platforms, sensor networks, high-performance parallel processing, real-time embedded hardware control and data communication networks. You will learn the fundamental topics in both computer and network engineering fields and then choose to specialise in either area to ensure that you graduate work-ready.
You'll gain the knowledge and skills to find better solutions to challenges in design, construction and maintenance of software and hardware components of computing and computer-controlled devices, equipment and systems. This could include communication networks and automation of electrical and electronic systems; audio and visual information acquisition, processing and communications; human-machine interaction, industrial or medical instrumentation and monitoring; and provision of security for computer systems and networks.
In computer engineering, you'll learn how to create new opportunities for businesses by driving new technologies and solutions to make businesses more productive and competitive. From designing and developing new microcontroller-based products and systems, to enhancing functionalities of those that currently exist, there are plenty of possibilities in a world of ever-changing market needs and consumer demands.
During network engineering studies you'll learn about the design, implementation and maintenance of digital communication networks. In this degree, network engineering looks at technology, audio and visual communications over wired and wireless networks, network management and software defined networks, optimising network performance and network security.
You'll have the opportunity to design creative solutions through inspiring and sustainable design-and-build projects, as well as taking part in the Engineers Without Borders Challenge - a humanitarian-focused course offered in all RMIT engineering degrees.
To ensure you graduate job-ready, you'll also have an opportunity to undertake a work-integrated learning (industry experience) elective.
Why study computer and network engineering at RMIT?
Studying computer and network engineering at RMIT offers the following benefits:
- Prepare yourself for employment
With the opportunity to undertake industry placements either locally or internationally, you'll be work-ready when you graduate. There are also opportunities to tackle research projects in partnership with industry.
- Hands-on learning experiences
Your work will be largely laboratory-based, where you'll conduct experiments and design your own solutions for various industry relevant projects
- A globally accredited qualification
As a graduate, you will be eligible for membership of Engineers Australia, and your qualification will be recognised by all 18 countries that are signatories to the International Engineering Alliance, the Washington Accord. These include the USA, UK, China, New Zealand, Japan, Korea and Singapore.
Guaranteed Pathway options available
Didn't get the ATAR you needed for entry into this degree? At RMIT we've got your back, with a range study options to help you achieve your goals, no matter your ATAR. Guaranteed Pathways gives you the option to preference pathway packages in VTAC so you can secure your place in this degree and graduate with two internationally-recognised RMIT qualifications.
In the final year of your studies you'll undertake a major project that is either industry-based or simulates an industrial situation. Combining and further developing the key theoretical and practical knowledge necessary for your field - as defined by Engineers Australia - you’ll work with industry leaders to solve a project challenge.
Before graduating from this degree, you are strongly encouraged to complete up to 12 weeks of engineering industry experience. This allows you to gain first-hand experience in an engineering practice environment under the supervision of a practising professional engineer. The nature and timing of this engineering experience can take a range of forms.
Opportunities exist for an overseas work placement of between six and 12 months (this satisfies the industry experience requirement). These placements are normally taken during a one-year break in the middle or at the end of the third year of the degree.
The School of Engineering has an Industry Advisory Committee which is an important link to industry.
Membership includes senior engineers from a number of major national companies, government and non-government organisations. The Committee provides comments and advice on the contents of these courses.
The School also has extensive links with industry, particularly through research projects and consulting services. In a number of cases, industry has provided direct support by donating laboratory equipment.
You may be able to undertake an industry sponsored design project in your final year (as part of Engineering Capstone Project Part A and Part B).
RMIT encourages you to aspire to a global career, not just a local one, and as an engineering student you’ll have a range of global opportunities.
Through partner organisations in Europe, Asia and the United States, the RMIT International Industry Experience and Research Program (RIIERP) offers workplace training and academic research placements of between six and 12 months.
There are also opportunities to undertake global work, exchange and study experiences with over 165 partner universities worldwide.
Years 1 and 2
The first two years of the degree will introduce you to the basic principles of computer and network engineering. You'll also study mathematics and physics - critical disciplines for engineers.
Through project work, you'll gain knowledge of engineering methods, teamwork, communication and leadership skills and learn how to be an effective leader.
All engineering students will also study an Introduction to Engineering course, incorporating a humanitarian-focused Engineers Without Borders Challenge. You'll have the opportunity to extend this aspect of your studies by completing an Engineers Without Borders elective, enabling you to experience humanitarian engineering first-hand.
Years 3 and 4
You'll delve deeper into your specialist area. There are five compulsory courses plus electives from computer and/or network engineering.
By completing individual and team-based projects that mirror the work of practising engineers, you’ll graduate industry-ready.
Your final year (capstone) project will develop and reinforce the skills and knowledge you need - as defined by Engineers Australia - to commence your professional engineering career. You may have the opportunity to present your project at EnGenius, an end of year student showcase event.
You'll also have the opportunity to complete a work-integrated learning (industry experience) elective in Year 2, 3 or 4.
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|Bachelor of Engineering (Computer and Network Engineering) (Honours)||City Campus||
4 years full time or 16 semesters part time
4 years full time
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Program code: BH072
Computer and network engineers work in industry and business to design and build computer and communication networks. They are also responsible for the design, development, implementation, verification and testing of embedded microcontroller platforms which form the basis of our modern digital life.
You may also be sought after by universities and research organisations to improve computer technologies.
Job opportunities exist with governments to improve defence, security and emergency services.
You'll also have the skills to run your own computer or network services business.
Within their organisations, graduates take on roles such as a network engineer or computer engineer.
Graduates have gone on to work at a range of organisations including :
- Robert Bosch Pty Ltd.
The Bachelor of Engineering (Computer and Network Engineering) (Honours) is fully accredited by Engineers Australia.
Engineers Australia is the professional body responsible for the accreditation of higher education programs that prepare students to practise as professional engineers.
Engineers Australia is a signatory to the Washington Accord. This means that the degree is internationally recognised, and graduates are able to practise as professional engineers in many countries around the world.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Engineering (Computer and Network Engineering) (Honours) are eligible for graduate and/or professional membership of Engineers Australia.
You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school qualification) with a minimum 65% average (check calculator below).
Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post-secondary diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.
Meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee entry. Your application will still need to be assessed and accepted.
If you don't meet the entry requirements, there may be other RMIT programs you are eligible for that can lead you to your preferred program. Explore your pathway options.
To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
The following information outlines the tasks you will be required to undertake during professional experience placement and on-campus learning activities.
The non-academic abilities listed are provided for your information only and are not entry requirements.
If there are any activities outlined which may be difficult for you to undertake, there are a range of adjustments to your study conditions available to enable and support you to demonstrate these abilities. Please contact the Equitable Learning Service to discuss any adjustments you may require.
By understanding the types of activities you’ll participate in, you can:
- understand more about the program
- determine if you may need support during your studies
- make an informed decision about whether the program is suitable for you
If you are living with disability, long-term illness and/or a mental health condition, we can support you by making adjustments to activities in your program so that you can participate fully in your studies.
To receive learning adjustments, you need to register with Equitable Learning Service
The University considers the wellbeing and safety of all students, staff and the community to be a priority in academic and professional experience placement settings.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.
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