Computer Systems Engineering
|Indicative ATAR||80 Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.|
|Location||Bentley or Sarawak This course may not be offered at all locations every year. Please contact us for more information on availability.|
|Study method||Full-time or part-time|
|Intake||February or July|
|Duration||4 years full-time|
Computer systems engineers work on the design, planning, development and testing of systems that have inbuilt or embedded computers. In some cases, computer systems engineers also supervise the manufacturing services of these systems.
Many recent technological advancements are underpinned by computer systems. The range of uses for microprocessors is increasing, from smart phones and games consoles to antilock brakes, aircraft flight control systems, robots and global telecommunications. These tiny control devices function as part of a much larger system and the technology is advancing rapidly.
In this major, you will gain the skills and understanding needed to design and operate the next generation of embedded computer systems, accurately, reliably and safely.
What the course involves
In your first year you will complete the Engineering Foundation Year (EFY). The EFY builds a solid base of the fundamental concepts common to all areas of engineering. The EFY was developed in partnership with industry to create a curriculum that is reflective of engineering practice. After completing this common year you can select to major in computer systems engineering.
In your final year you will undertake a year-long industry-based project.
You will need to complete at least 12 weeks of engineering work experience during the summer breaks, in order to graduate from computer systems engineering.
As part of a double degree, you can study Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Systems Engineering) with Bachelor of Science (Computer Science).
Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students
Indicative TER (ATAR) Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.
STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.
Not accepted. May be used to meet English competence requirements.
Mature age entry
Essential WACE courses
- At least three of the following four: Mathematics 3C/3D, Mathematics: Specialist 3C/3D, Physics 3A/3B and Chemistry 3A/3B
- At least English 2A/2B, Literature 2A/2B or English as an Additional Language/Dialect 2A/2B
Desirable WACE coursesEngineering Studies 3A/3B
Fees for Australian and New Zealand students
What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? -
A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the
student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.
All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.
Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.
Fees are indicative first year only.
*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.
This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website
If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.
Graduates fulfill the stage 1 competencies required by Engineers Australia (EAust) as the pathway to chartered engineer status (CPEng).
If you have previously worked or studied in this field, you are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Science and Engineering to discuss eligibility for recognition of prior learning.
This course can help you become a:
- Computer Engineer
- Computer engineering is one of the fastest growing and largest areas of engineering with an estimated one million practitioners across the globe. Computers in the form of microprocessors are being embedded in almost every other form of system to control them or provide additional services, creating a strong demand for qualified computer engineers both locally and internationally.
- This course has run for more than two decades - longer than equivalent courses in most other universities in Australia. It was the first of its kind in WA.
- Graduates enjoy very good employment opportunities in computing, networking, resources, automation, automobile, banking and many other service sectors.
- The course is based on the IEEE-ACM Joint Task Force recommended curricula for computer engineering. It is a fully accredited program.
- Uses for embedded systems can be found increasingly in the office, home and factory. This major will open up opportunities in industry, from manufacturing to application engineering and computer hardware design.