Faculty Transitional Arrangements for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

UNSW is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and is supporting any affected students and staff based on information from the federal Department of Health and NSW Health. View UNSW's official response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and answers to frequently asked questions. 

Engineering Programs With a T2 2020 Intake 

Many of UNSW Engineering’s undergraduate and postgraduate degrees were already open for a T2 start. A number of others that do not normally have a T2 intake have now been opened for T2 2020 entry as a one-off.  

View the list of all T2 programs taking applications for T2 2020. Enrolment sequences for T2 entry students are available in the specific degree pages for undergraduate and postgraduate programs. 

Thesis Arrangements 

Depending on your thesis requirements, it may be possible to continue your thesis enrolment via distance study. If you wish to see if this is possible for you please discuss this with your supervisor. If it is agreed that this will be suitable, complete the Thesis study via Distance form. 

Honours Calculations, Internal Program Transfers & Articulation 

In light of the adoption of SY grades in many courses this term, the Faculty has adopted the policies for Honours Calculation, Internal Program Transfer and Articulation for Term 2 and 3. This decision has been made understanding that students were aiming to improve their WAM this term. 

WAMs will be calculated using the existing practice of ignoring SY grades, advanced standing, exchange & cross-institutional study results. 
 
However, if you have completed a Level 4 course or higher (core or elective) in Term 1 we will calculate an Alternative Honours WAM for you in which thesis will be calculated twice the normal weight. Whichever WAM is higher (the standard WAM calculation or the Alternative WAM calculation) will be used to determine a student’s class of Honours. 
 
The Faculty will continue to look at cases that fall a point below the respective Honours thresholds for consideration on a case-by-case basis. 

Internal Program Transfers (IPT) will be assessed against a threshold 5 marks lower than the currently published requirements.* 
 
Where a minimum mark in a MATH course is required for UG program transfer, a SY grade will be accepted as sufficient for that requirement. 

*This excludes 3764 Bachelor of Engineering/ Bachelor of Commerce and 3635 Bachelor of Civil Engineering with Architecture  

Articulation request will be assessed against a threshold 5 marks lower than the currently published requirements. 
 
Students who have only SY grades and meet all other requirements will have their application for articulation or IPT assessed on a case-by-case basis. 

Students with two or more SY grades and only one or two graded courses, who do not meet the WAM requirements will also have their application for articulation assessed on a case-by-case basis. 

Industrial Training

If you require advice or are unable to complete your Industrial Training (IT) placement, due to the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please email the Engineering Industrial Training Team

Overseas placements: The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has increased its travel advice to Level Four (Do Not Travel Overseas), which is the highest advice level. Consequently, the University is not approving any future overseas WIL Placements, including Industrial Training, for the time being.  

We appreciate that this news will be very disappointing and frustrating for you. We are committed to finding a way for you to meet your program requirements with a minimum of disruption. If you were intending to apply for an overseas placement to start in the next 6 months please contact the Industrial Training office(for further advice on what other options are available for you. 

Domestic placements: UNSW is closely monitoring the outbreak of the COVID-19 and is following the advice from the Department of Health and NSW Health, which are both updating information regularly. The circumstances continue to change, and the University will continue to prioritise the wellbeing of students.  

Currently, we will continue to assess paid placements with onsite or at home work arrangements and unpaid onsite placements, where the placement meets all requirements including health and safety and insurance. This assessment is only tentative, as we are currently unable to approve any placements due to the evolving COVID-19 situation. Students are advised to check in with the Industrial Training office just prior to their start date for an update. 

As industrial training is a mandatory requirement for completion of many of our Engineering programs we are committed to finding a way for you to meet your program requirements with a minimum of disruption. 

The following addresses some frequently asked questions for UNSW Engineering Industrial Training students: 

 1. Should I continue to attend my WIL placement?  

Yes, if you can still attend your host organisation’s workplace, undertake your agreed placement activities, and receive appropriate supervision. However, you must comply with any Government directives, including advice from their Department of Health. 

2. Should I work from home if my host organisation asks me to? 

  1. If you are a paid employee of the host organisation and the host organisation has confirmed you will be covered by their insurance then you must gain written confirmation from your Supervisor/Employer that they have the appropriate insurance coverage and email us the written confirmation. 

  1. If you are unpaid and/or not an employee of your host organisation then working from home will not be appropriate. You should contact UNSW Engineering Industrial Training office for advice on your options. 

3. What if I am unable to continue my WIL placement? 

 
If you are unable to continue your WIL placement, the days you have completed already will count towards the 60 days requirement; email the UNSW Engineering Industrial Training office and include the following information: 

  • How many days you have already completed and how many days left uncompleted for your placement. 

  • If you have completed an Employer Evaluation form, send it along with your confirmation of the days worked from your employer. 

 
4. What if I am due to graduate this year and I am worried that I will be unable to complete the required 60 days of Industrial Training? 

 
Please email UNSW Engineering Industrial Training office if you have any questions or concerns. You can also contact the Engineering WIL team on the UNSW COVID-19 helpline (+ 61 2 9385 8500) or visit the UNSW Coronavirus website

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has increased its travel advice to Level Four (Do Not Travel Overseas), which is the highest advice level. DFAT has also advised that Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents who wish to return home should do so as soon as possible. 

Consequently, the University is cancelling its approval of all overseas WIL Placements, including Industrial Training, currently underway or scheduled to occur during Term One 2020. We appreciate that this news will be very disappointing and frustrating for you. 

UNSW Engineering would like to assure you that the days you have already worked will be assessed and counted towards your requirements to ensure you are not unfairly disadvantaged by the change in circumstances. 

You’ll already have been sent an email with further information on what you should do next. Please read this email and then reply the Industrial Training office if for advice specific to your situation on how you might meet your remaining IT requirements. We are committed to finding a way for you to meet your program requirements with a minimum of disruption. 

Please email UNSW Engineering Industrial Training office if you have any questions or concerns. You can also contact the Engineering WIL team on the UNSW COVID-19 helpline (+ 61 2 9385 8500) or visit the UNSW Coronavirus website

UNSW School Arrangements

T2 2020 enrolment sequences for new students

View the list of all T2 programs taking applications for T2 2020. Enrolment sequences for T2 entry students are available in the specific degree pages for  undergraduate and postgraduate programs. 

Rescheduled/Additional course offerings 

The Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering will not be offering any additional courses in T2, T3 or Summer, and there will be no changes to their course offerings or our enrolment capacities, as they have taken measures to accommodate most of their COVID-19 affected students this term. Any Biomedical students who require additional support should contact their program convenor for assistance and advice. 

 Substitutions 

Students affected by COVID-19 who were unable to complete BIOM9410 in T1 can substitute this by: 

  • PHAR9104 Regulatory Affairs, offered in T3 by SOMS - it is recommended that students complete this course. 

Alternatively students can substitute BIOM9410 with: 

  • Any BIOM9xxx course 

Rescheduled/Additional course offerings 

UNSW School of Civil and Environmental Engineering has scheduled additional offerings as follows: 

Course Code 

Course Name 

Additional Offerings for 2020 

ENGG2500 

Fluid Mechanics for Engineers 

 

 

Summer 

CVEN2303 

Structural Analysis and Modelling 

CVEN3303 

Steel Structures 

CVEN3701 

Environmental Frameworks, Law and Economics  

CVEN4050 

Thesis A 

T2 

CVEN4051 

Thesis B 

T3 

CVEN9050 

Masters Practice Project A 

T2 

CVEN9051 

Masters Practice Project B 

T3 

 Note: CVEN3501 and CVEN3203 will no longer be offered in T3, 2020. 

Rescheduled/Additional Course Offerings 

The School of Chemical Engineering will run several courses an additional time: 

Course Code 

Course Name 

Additional Offerings for 2020 

CEIC2000 

Material and Energy Systems 

T2 

CEIC2001 

Fluid and Particle Mechanics 

T3 

CEIC2002 

Heat and Mass Transfer 

U1 

CEIC3000 

Process Modelling and Analysis 

T3 

CEIC3005 

Process Plant Design 

T3 

FOOD3010 

Food Preservation 

T2 

FOOD3020 

Food Science and Technology Laboratory  

T3 

FOOD8010 

Food Preservation 

T2 

FOOD8020 

Food Science and Technology Laboratory 

T3 

Enrolment in CEIC and FOOD courses is limited to only students directly impacted by the Coronavirus. Depending on capacity, students who have failed the T1 2020 offering of these courses may also be permitted to enrol. Please direct all enrolment requests to Engineering Student Support Services 

Substitutions & Pre-requisites Waivers 

Category 

Course Name 

Criteria 

Substitution 

Advanced Polymer Science and Research (CEIC8105) 

CEIC8105 is a core ADK in CEICJS8338 and only runs in T1 2020. Students who are unable to enrol in this in T1 2020, and who would otherwise graduate in 2020 can substitute MATS6109 Polymer Materials Science (which runs in T2) for it. 

Requisite Waiver 

Chemical Reaction Engineering (CEIC2005) 

CEIC2000 is a pre-requisite for CEIC2005 and in T2 2020 only this will change to a co-requisite for COVID-19 affected students. Please submit a requisite waiver form for enrolment. 

Rescheduled/Additional Course Offerings 

For T1, CSE is offering 5 courses to students caught by the travel ban: 

The above courses have a web-stream and no tutorial or laboratory classes, which makes them feasible to deliver as online. The weekly on-campus "help" (consultation) sessions and the consultation provided by lecturers will also be available in a virtual manner. 

Additional Offerings in T2 and T3: 

Course Code 

Course Name 

Additional Offerings for 2020 

COMP3231 

Operating Systems 

T2 

COMP9201 

Operating Systems 

T2 

Rescheduled/Additional Course Offerings 

In this Term 1, the School has 2 courses available for online delivery: 

  • Linear and Robust Control Systems (ELEC9731). This course will allow all assessments to be completed off-campus. 

  • Space Mission Development (ELEC9762). This course will allow all assessments to be completed off-campus, except the final exam (after week 10). 

Students in the BE program may take one of the above-mentioned courses as a substitute for an L4 elective subject to approval by the School. 

Course Code 

Course Name 

Additional Offerings for 2020 

GENE0050 

Space Mining 

T2 and T3 

GSOE9510 

Ethics and Leadership in Engineering 

Summer 

ELEC2133 

Analogue Electronics 

Summer 

ELEC2141 

Digital Circuit Design 

T2 

ELEC4602 

Microelectronic Design and Technology 

T3 

TELE3113 

Analogue and Digitial Communication 

T2 

 

There is a possibility that one or two postgraduate Special Topics courses will be run in T2 or T3 2020, depending on the needs of students. This will be determined later in the year. 

Substitutions & pre-requisites waivers 

EE&T will relax pre-requisites for two courses, as a once-off to allow students to progress and take on full time loads, as follows: 

  • ELEC2141 will be relaxed as a pre-requisite for DESN2000 (affected students advised to study both ELEC2141 and DESN2000 together in T2 2020) 

  • ELEC3115 will be relaxed as a pre-requisite for ELEC3105 

The school has publicly accessible lecture recordings that affected students can view to help ensure their success – please contact the School for further details. 

Rescheduled/Additional Course Offerings 

The School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering will run several courses an additional time this year: 

Course Code 

Course Name 

Additional Offerings for 2020 

AERO3660 

Aerospace Propulsion 

T3 

MMAN2700 

Thermodynamics 

Summer  

MTRN3030 

Modelling and Control of Mechatronic Systems 

T2** 

Substitutions & Pre-requisites Waivers 

Course 

Change 

Criteria 

MTRN4240 

MTRN3020, now offered in T2, can be taken as a co-requisite 

 

  • This applies to students who are expected to complete their degree prior to T1 2021, or by the end of T1 2021 only 

  • You may submit a requisite waiver if you meet this criteria and we will assess your request 

 

MECH3110 

 

Not offered again in 2020 

  • For students finishing in T1 2021, you can complete MECH3110 in T1 2021 

  • For students finishing prior to T1 2021, you will be eligible for a course substitution. You may submit a Course Substitution request and we will assess your request 

MECH4100 

 
MECH3110 pre-requisite will be waived 

 

  • This applies to students who are expected to complete their degree prior to, or by the end of T1 2021 only 

  • You may submit a requisite waiver if you meet this criteria and we will assess your request 

MTRN4010 

Not offered again in 2020 

  • Please submit a course substitution request if you are expected to complete your degree in 2020 and we will assess your request 

MANF4100 

 

MANF3100 can be taken as co-requisite in T1 2021 

  • Student can take both courses concurrently in T1 2021 

  • Please submit a requisite waiver request when class registration for 2021 opens and we will assess your request 

MANF4430 

Not offered again in 2020 

 

  • This applies to students who are expected to complete their degree by the end of T3 2020 only 

  • You will be eligible for a course substitution. You may submit a course substitution request and we will assess your request 

Rescheduled/Additional Course Offerings 

The UNSW School of Minerals and Energy Resources will not be offering any additional courses in T2, T3 or Summer, and there will be no changes to their course offerings or our enrolment capacities, as they have taken measures to accommodate most of their COVID-19 affected students this term. Any Petroleum or Mining students who require additional support should contact their program authority for assistance and advice. 

 

Rescheduled/Additional Course Offerings 

The School of Photovoltaics and Renewable Energy Engineering will not be offering any additional courses in T2, T3 or summer. Any Photovoltaics or Renewable Energy students who require additional support should contact their program authority for assistance and advice. 

Substitutions & Pre-requisites Waivers 

SOLAH students requiring ELEC4122, and who would otherwise graduate in 2020, can substitute this with CEIC4000. Students who will still be studying in T1 2021 will need to complete ELEC4122. 

 

FAQs and Further Information 

I wish to use the approved requisite waiver, what should I do? 

You should submit the  requisite waiver webform, you can enrol in this course once you have been notified that special permission has been granted to you. 

I wish to use the course substitution, what should I do? 

You do not need to do anything, you can enrol in the approved course substitution when you meet the criteria (if applicable). You can submit the  course substitution webform if you are unsure about this. 

I cannot progress in my program/ graduate on time as the additional course offering/ requisite waiver/ course substitution I need is not listed, what should I do? 

You can contact us if you need additional support to plan your studies 

After considerable deliberations, consultations and advice from students and staff, the Dean of Engineering has decided that, due to the significant disruption for many of you and your fellow students, the Faculty will adopt an ungraded system for this term, with some exceptions.  

All UNSW undergraduate and postgraduate Engineering courses, other than thesis courses, and the courses listed below, have had their grading basis changed to an ungraded pass or fail. Where students fail a course, this fail will not appear on their academic transcript. 

 

 

Course Code 

 

School 

Description 

BIOM9020 

GBIOM 

Masters Project (Half Time) 

BIOM9021 

BIOM9914 

Masters Project 

CEIC4001 

CEIC 

Process Design Project 

COMP3900 

COMPSC 

Computer Science Project 

COMP3901 

Special Project A 

COMP3902 

Special Project B 

COMP4601 

Design Project B 

COMP6324 

IoT Services Engineering 

COMP9301 

Cyber Security Project 

COMP9302 

Cyber Security Project B 

COMP9596 

Research Project 

COMP9900 

Info Tech Project 

COMP9945 

Research Project 

COMP9991 

Research Project A 

CVEN4002 

CVEN 

Design Practice A 

CVEN4503 

Groundwater Investigation 

CVEN9000 

CivilEngPractice 

CVEN9050 

Masters Practice Project A 

CVEN9451 

Masters Project A 

CVEN9452 

Masters Project B 

CVEN9453 

Masters Project C 

CVEN9950 

Extension Masters Thesis 

ELEC9120 

ELEC 

ME Project A 

ELEC9451 

Masters Project A 

ELEC9452 

Masters Project B 

ELEC9453 

Masters Project C 

ELEC9768 

Sat Project A 

ELEC9769 

Sat Project B 

ELEC9771 

Project Report A 

ELEC9772 

Project Report B 

ENGG1000 

ENG 

Engineering Design 

ENGG1100 

Grand Challenges for Engineering 

ENGG1200 

Undergraduate Special Projects 

ENGG2600 

Engineering Vertically Integrated Project 

ENGG3600 

Engineering Vertically Integrated Project 

ENGG4600 

Engineering Vertically Integrated Project 

FOOD3020 

CEIC 

FS&T Laboratory 

FOOD8020 

FS&T Laboratory 

GMAT3150 

CVEN 

Surveying Field Projects 

GSOE0006 

ENG 

Project 6 UOC 

GSOE0012 

Project 12 UOC 

GSOE0024 

CEIC 

Project 24 Units of Credit 

GSOE9010 

ENG 

Eng PG Coursework Res Skills 

GSOE9011 

Eng PGCW Research Skills 

MINE4250 

MERE 

Hardrock Feasibility Project 

MINE4450 

Mining Research Project II 

MINE5010 

Fundamentals of Rock Behaviour 

MINE5020 

Geotechnical assessment 

MINE8101 

Fundamentals of Mining Eng 

MINE8120 

Hazard ID, Risk and Safety Mgt 

MINE8130 

Technology Management 

MINE8440 

Mining Industry Research Proj 

MINE8760 

Mine Geol & Geophysics 

MINE8780 

Env Mgt for the Mining Ind 

MINE8790 

Advanced Mineral Economics 

MINE8820 

Mineral Processing 

MMAN4410 

MECH 

Finite Element Methods 

MMAN9001 

MEngSc Project A 

MMAN9002 

MEngSc Project B 

PTRL9451 

MERE 

Masters Project A 

PTRL9452 

Masters Project B 

PTRL9453 

Masters Project C 

SENG2021 

COMPSC 

COMPSC 

Reqts & Design Workshop 

SENG3011 

Software Eng Workshop 3 

SOLA9451 

PHOTOENG 

Masters Project A 

SOLA9452 

Masters Project B 

SOLA9453 

Masters Project C 

Where we can, Engineering has provided an online option to our courses. However the courses listed do have a compulsory in-person element and can therefore not be studied online. 

 If you have issues with selecting your courses, please contact the Student Client Services team for further assistance. 

Biomedical Engineering 

 

BIOM9640 

 

Computer Science and Engineering 

 

 

All courses can be taken online 

 

Chemical Engineering 

 

  • CEIC2007 

  • FOOD2320 

  • FOOD3020 

  • FOOD8020 

  • FOOD8320 

  • FOOD9100 

  • FOOD9102 

Civil Engineering 

  • CVEN4701 

  • CVEN9531 

  • GMAT212 

  • GMAT3500 

  • GMAT4150 

Electrical Engineering 

 

  • ELEC4123 

  • ELEC3117 

  • ELEC9719 

Engineering 

 

GSOE9010 – students can enrol in GSOE9011 instead 

Mechanical Engineering 

 

All courses can be taken online 

 

Mineral Energy and Resources Engineering 

 

  • MINE2810 

  • MINE8710 – pending field trip 

  • PTRL4024 

  • PTRL5024 

  • PTRL5119 

Photovoltaic and Renewable Engineering 

 

All courses can be taken online