Central Queensland University Courses
School of Engineering and Technology
With over 275 staff and 5000 students, the school has one of the largest and fastest-growing footprints in Australia. The School offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the fields of engineering, asset and maintenance management, project management, information systems, information technology, built environment and aviation. The courses put emphasis on industry relevance and trends to prepare the students for the real-world. Their engineering courses have been developed in consultation with key stakeholders in the sector.
They offer engineering majors in :
The school also offers online courses in Building Design, Building Surveying and Construction Management. The information technology courses have majors in application development, business analysis and network security. The courses in aviation provide theoretical and practical knowledge required in an aviation career.
Research is a major focus of this school, and there are two high-performing research centres: the Centre for Railway Engineering and the Centre for Intelligent Systems. The school undertakes industry-focused research and consultancy work in a number of areas of significance for regional Queensland and the wider Australian community including rail, computational intelligence, simulation, automation, power and energy and materials.
The programs offered under this department are:
The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) offers specialisations in civil, electrical, mechanical, mechatronic or mining engineering. The Bachelor of Engineering and Diploma of Professional Practice (Co-op Engineering) also qualifies you to be an engineer. It also has 48 weeks of paid work placements.
The dual degrees in engineering and built environment, construction management or information technology open the door to a number of professional career opportunities in these fields.
The Master of Engineering program allows students to develop professional skills while applying and further developing their theoretical knowledge. There are two options in the program: Online and On-campus. The duration of the course is 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time. Students are advised to choose a major and stream which are consistent with their undergraduate studies. It is recommended that full-time students enrol in 24 credit points per term and part-time students enrol in 12 credit points per term.
The Master's Degree by Research is a course of supervised research and study leading to the submission of a thesis. There are two options: Online and On campus. The duration of the course is 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time. The course is governed by the Research Higher Degree Course Rules which provides details regarding all aspects of admission, progression, submission and examination of the thesis.
On completing a Master of Management for Engineers, students will be able to manage engineering projects in industry and government. There are two options: Online and On-campus. The duration of the course is 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time. This course is for engineers who wish to undertake postgraduate management education. It has a focus on management and business specifically relevant to engineering. Students will be able to identify and apply appropriate solutions to the various aspects related to the management of projects including leadership, management, governance, systems theory and strategic integration.
Maintenance and Asset Management
The Masters programme takes three years and is an online course. The Maintenance and Asset Management course aims to produce graduates who understand asset management principles, maintenance philosophies, strategies and processes. The Masters programme enables students to identify a problem within their workplace and develop a solution using research tools and methodologies. It is an online programme, and the duration is 3 years. The programme is designed to help students develop the skills required to conduct applied, industry-based research of real-world problems. Graduates of this course become eligible for the profiles of asset manager, asset consultant, condition monitoring technologist, maintenance manager, reliability engineer or supervisor, specialist maintenance strategist.
The postgraduate study offers specialist study in project management. The Master of Project Management focuses on the hard technical and soft human aspects of project management. There are two options: Online and On campus. The duration of the course is 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time. This course focuses on both the hard technical and soft human aspects of project management. The course materials have been aligned to the Project Management Institute (PMI) global standards and core bodies of knowledge. In the final year of the course, you can choose one of three streams; a research stream, a practicum stream or an internship stream.
The various programmes in this field cover areas such as programming, information systems analysis, project management and professional skills.
Postgraduate programs on offer:
Master of Information Systems: There are two options in this program: Online and On campus. The duration of the course is 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time. The Master of Information Systems suits those with a bachelor degree or a Graduate Diploma of Information Systems. The focus is on developing students’ professional business analysis skills and training them to fulfil the functional responsibilities of choosing, implementing and maintaining organisational information systems.
The courses in Information, Digital Media and Technology provide the relevant training to use varied software and devices and IT systems and perform introductory ICT technical functions and support information activities.
The Bachelor of Information Technology (Co-op) has a paid work placement, while the Bachelor of Information Technology includes a small-scale commercial project in the final year.
There is also a double-degree in law and IT which combines a strong foundation in the legal system with information technology.
The wide range of postgraduate IT study options allows students to have an understanding of professional industry IT skills, knowledge and applications culminating in a choice of specialisations at the advanced level.
Master of Information Technology:
- The programme provides a combination of leading-edge theory and hands-on practical experience. There are two options: Online and On campus. The duration of the course is 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time. The specialty majors in this course focus on mobile application development, software design and development and networks and information security. These are supported by an available minor in Project and Program Management.
Master of Informatics:
- It is a course of supervised research and study which leads to the submission of a thesis. There are two options: Online and On campus. The duration of the course is 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time. It too involves the submission of a thesis. The course is governed by the Course Rules for Masters Degrees by Research which provides details regarding all aspects of admission, progression, submission and examination of the thesis.
The courses allow students to gain a quality qualification for career advancement. There are undergrad courses but no graduate courses.
The undergrad courses are:
- Associate Degree of Building Design
- Associate Degree of Building Surveying
- Bachelor of Building Design
- Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil Construction) and Diploma of Construction Management
- Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil Design) and Diploma of Building Design
- Bachelor of Building Surveying and Certification (Honours)
- Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours)
The Associate Degree of Aviation (Flight Operations) and the Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations) provide students with the required academic and aeronautical knowledge and practical skills to gain a Commercial Pilot Licence or Command Instrument Rating. There are no Masters courses.
The Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations) prepares students for a career as a professional airline pilot managing a multi-crew environment. When studied alongside the Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations), students will be qualified to gain an Air Transport Licence. The Graduate Diploma of Aviation (Flight Operations) represents the flight training aspect of the Associate Degree and Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations).
The courses provide a foundation in building and planning, drawing and design. The Associate Degree of Building Design provides students with the skills to plan and design structures, like residential homes, medium-rise commercial buildings, etc. The courses also cover restoration, renovation, unit development and extension work. It is also a great pathway to the Bachelor of Building Design, which provides an understanding of construction, structures, building materials and services, sustainability, professional practice and communication.
Successful completion satisfies the educational requirements for the Building Design - Open Licence which is issued by the Building Services Authority, Queensland. The dual engineering and building design degree prepares students for a career as a civil engineer skilled in high-level engineering design and building design. There are no master’s programs available in this field of study.
There are two levels of study options in this area. One is the Associate Degree of Building Surveying that teaches students how to assess building documentation for code and standards compliance and inspect staged works for domestic and residential buildings. The Bachelor of Building Surveying and Certification (Honours) qualifies students to certify buildings in the residential and commercial sectors. On successful completion, students will be able to assess building documentation for codes and standards compliance, and inspect staged works on all classes of buildings, as defined by the Building Code of Australia (BCA). There are no master’s programs available in this field of study.
The program comes handy in managing complex projects. The Certificate I in Construction makes students aware about the health and safety requirements, industrial and work organisation structure, communication skills, work planning, and basic use of tools and materials. The dual degree in engineering and construction management provides students with broad career opportunities as a civil engineer competent in managing the construction process. The Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) covers construction management and planning, services, building maintenance, and materials and structures. There are no master’s programs available in this area of study.
Following are the programs offered in Pure Sciences:
- Bachelor of Agriculture
- Bachelor of Accounting
- Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business
- Bachelor of Environmental Science
- Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Science
- Bachelor of Science (Honours)
- Master of Applied Science
- Doctor of Philosophy (Sciences, Engineering and Health)
The School of Business and Law provides the following courses in the field of business:
- Bachelor of Accounting
- Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business
- Bachelor of Business
- Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Professional Communication
- Bachelor of Hospitality Management
- Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Accounting
- Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business
- Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Property
- Bachelor of Professional Communication
- Bachelor of Property
- Bachelor of Accounting/Bachelor of Business
- Master of Business
- Master of Business Administration
- Master of Business Administration (Leadership)
- Master of Business Management
- Master of Financial Planning
- Master of Human Resource Management
- Master of Management for Engineers
- Master of Professional Accounting
- Master of Project Management
- Master of Sustainable Tourism Management
Other areas of study:
The allied health program is based on biotechnology, chiropractic, clinical measurement, health science, nutrition, occupational therapy, oral health, pathology, physiotherapy, podiatry, or speech pathology. The courses are delivered by highly-qualified and experienced allied health teachers, educators and researchers. The diagnostic imaging courses allow students to explore the fields of echocardiography, medical imaging, and sonography. The undergraduate courses help to have a career as an echocardiographer, medical sonographer or diagnostic radiographer. The postgraduate courses are the perfect professional development option for qualified echocardiographers or sonographers seeking career advancement.
Creative, Performing and Visual Arts
Creative and Performing Arts courses provide the right environment for students to learn about the art form. Students learn from highly-acclaimed industry professionals and skilled teachers in a supportive and vibrant setting.
The Creative Industries courses develop skills, knowledge and judgement related to creative arts. The arts courses provide the option to major in creative and professional writing or English and cultural studies, while their digital media courses offer creative options within the digital landscape. The courses in visual arts allow students to refine their skills and knowledge in drawing fundamentals as well as contemporary art practices. The TAFE visual arts course options focus on relevant and practical areas, such as drawing, silver-smithing, jewellery-making, painting, or printmaking.
Digital Media, Communication and Arts
The arts courses allow students to select majors, minors and units in a variety of disciplines. The diversity in the arts courses allows the option to pair-study arts and humanities with other professional areas, such as business, law, and accounting.
The courses in communication are delivered by skilled lecturers and teaching staff who have the wealth of experience in the field of communication. The courses allow students to tailor studies to their interests in journalism or professional communication along with the option to combine study with other relevant disciplines such as public relations, social sciences, business and accounting broadening your career opportunities.
The digital media course enables students to obtain a specialised view of digital media through the digital media courses. They offer diploma, associate, and bachelor degrees. For a broader view, students can combine their studies in digital media with complementary study in social science or humanities, accounting, or professional communication via a dual degree.
Education, Teaching and Child Care
A childcare course develops the skills of the students and trains them to be a competent and knowledgeable early childhood educator. With a focus on practical and hands-on learning experiences, students can graduate work-ready with the skills required to be highly employable and successful. An education course develops and enhances skills for working in early learning centres, schools, training organisations and communities.The extensive range of courses, from TAFE certificates and diplomas in childcare, education support and training, through to postgraduate courses, provide professional development options for teaching practitioners.
The university also offers teaching courses from undergraduate to postgraduate teaching degrees. The teaching courses have a strong focus on practical placements, ensuring graduates are work-ready with the skills required to be highly employable and an exceptional teacher.
Engineering, Built Environment and Aviation
The suite of aviation courses combines academic and aeronautical knowledge with the necessary flight training. Training involves the perfect blend of theory and practical experiences. There is a work-integrated-learning approach, with flight training included as part of the curriculum.
The university also offers programs in building design, building surveying, or construction management with a strong focus on industry relevance. Gain a practical understanding of the latest industry innovations, codes and practices, and the ability to interpret the appropriate documentation and regulations.
The engineering courses have been developed in consultation with key stakeholders in the sector and are delivered in state-of-the-art engineering facilities or online.
English and Study Pathways for International Students
The English courses include the English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) and a suite of TAFE courses in spoken and written English. The classes focus on practical English: writing letters or email, shopping lists, filling in forms, reading instructions or magazines and newspapers. IELTS preparation is a more advanced-level class, suitable for you if you are preparing to sit for the IELTS exam. The TAFE English courses provide general language education.
The pathway courses help in developing skills and confidence needed for further education. The courses include Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS) and the Tertiary Entry Program (TEP), ideal for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Information Systems and Technology
The IT courses have a strong focus on industry relevance. Students gain vital skills, relevant to just about any industry, and learn from supportive lecturers and teaching staff who are experts in their fields.
Law, Criminology and Justice
The strong links with industry ensure that students gain practical understanding of the latest industry practices. Many of the faculty are practising lawyers or have extensive work experience in the field. Students benefit from the skills, knowledge and insights only real practitioners can provide.
Nursing, paramedicine and Health
A community services course leads to a rewarding and vital career in the community and health care setting. The options cover a diverse range of areas, including aged care, community care, disability and health care.The gerontology courses equip students with the skills to provide quality care to the ageing population. The gerontology courses are relevant to a wide range of professionals including nurses, allied health professionals, administrators and managers.
The fitness and sports science course is ideal for students seeking a career in the fitness sector.
The university offers a number of nursing and midwifery courses. The paramedicine courses help students who are seeking a career as a health professional in emergency medicine and retrieval. The postgraduate courses in tactical medicine help students to gain specialist skills in response plans and services for mass casualty.
The public health courses focus on the critical areas of environmental health, health promotion and public health and encourage the understanding and application of a social-ecological model of health. The courses prepare students for a career in the emergency services sector.
Psychology, Social Work and Community services
The community services courses cover a diverse range of areas, including aged care, community care, disability and health care. With a strong focus on practical experience, many of the community services courses incorporate hands-on experiences.
The psychology courses help students who are willing to establish their careers in clinical psychology and in criminology and justice, forensic psychology, positive psychology or traumatic stress management.
The social work courses involve learning from contemporary social work scenarios authored by colleagues working in the human services sector in collaboration with the academic staff.
Science, Environment and Agriculture
The science courses equip students with specialised subject knowledge, and practical skills such as problem-solving, teamwork and communication. A strong focus is placed on industry-relevance and real-world experiences. The courses are delivered by dedicated, enthusiastic and expert staff in modern facilities, laboratories and field sites.
There are various beauty courses offered by the university. While some equip students with manicure, pedicure, nail application and nail art skills, other courses prepare students to deliver a range of beauty services and provide a pathway to the beauty therapy courses.
The courses in hairdressing provide students with basic skills needed to work as a salon assistant and perform duties such as shampooing, providing head, neck and shoulder relaxation massages, braiding hair, applying colour, and maintaining and organising tools, equipment and work areas.
The TAFE courses in hospitality and tourism equip students with practical skills and knowledge relevant to the industry. The commercial cookery courses are great for a career as a commercial cook, while our tourism and hospitality courses prepare the students for roles in hospitality, tourism, food preparation, hotel management, and management. The postgraduate tourism courses allow students to gain specialist skills and knowledge in sustainable tourism practices.
Transport and Safety Sciences
The safety sciences courses are designed in consultation with industry, providing students with the relevant skills and knowledge needed by the industry. There are a wide range of safety science courses in accident forensics, emergency services, and occupational health and safety.
The range of transport courses covers the fields of aviation and logistics.