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Diploma of Engineering

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Being able to talk to your teachers and your lecturers one on one was the best way for me to learn as an engineer.

Nadine Tessha Tau Garo,
Diploma of Engineering



2 trimesters (8 months)
3 trimesters (12 months)


Trimester 1, 2, 3


Mt Gravatt
Gold Coast

Engineering overview

The Diploma of Engineering will teach you the key skills and central concepts of engineering, before you progress to the bachelor degree to specialise in your choice of engineering major.

Additional learning support is provided throughout your diploma in the form of Essential Mathematics Modules, to ensure you have the knowledge and skills critical to succeed in Engineering studies.

You will learn from internationally-experienced lecturers with strong industry experience. This ensures you receive industry-relevant foundational knowledge, practical experience and problem-solving skills that employers are seeking, both now and in the future.

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Griffith College has an environment that enables the students to boost up their potential.

Zar Ali Abbas,
Diploma of Engineering

Where could this diploma take me?

With a Diploma of Engineering from Griffith College you could start your journey towards one of the careers below:

  • Civil engineering
  • Electrical and electronic engineering
  • Environmental engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Software engineering

Sample program structure

Students who enter with an IELTS (or equivalent) < 6.0 will be required to undertake the free Language Development Modules as part of their program.

First trimester

1020QBT - Academic & Professional Skills Develop for Science & Technology

This course offers students a broad introduction to the skills involved in acquiring information and in displaying knowledge to others. It includes the basic knowledge skills required to successfully participate in an undergraduate degree program and to operate effectively in a professional context.

Assessment plan:

  1. SWOT Analysis and Critical Reflection (25%)
  2. Team Presentation (30%)
  3. Report (45%)
BRM100 - Essential Mathematics*

This course assists students to develop and/or refresh the fundamental mathematics knowledge and skills required for success in the Diploma maths or maths related course. It is a free, non-weighted, and competency based (pass/fail), which means that it does not count towards students GPA (grade point average) and consequently, students are not permitted to drop this course. However, it is compulsory and must be completed in order to graduate and it is a prerequisite for the following Diploma of Engineering and Diploma of Science courses: Mathematics 1A, Mathematics 1B, Engineering Science and Chemistry 1A and students will be given maximum two attempts to successfully complete this course.

Assessment plan:

  1. MathsPathways Diagnostic Tests
  2. MathsPathway Test
  3. Mid-trimester Exam
  4. Final Exam
1004GRC - Computing & Programming

This course introduces modern programming concepts and techniques in a general-purpose programming language (C) and a mathematical programming environment (MATLAB).

Assessment plan:

  1. Weekly activities (20%)
  2. Quiz 1 (10%)
  3. Quiz 2 (10%)
  4. Quiz 3 (10%)
  5. Project 1 (25%)
  6. Project 2 (25%)

Second trimester

1018ENG - Engineering Science

This experiential learning-based course introduces the natural and physical sciences that underpin the practice of engineering. Through experiments and projects students will identify, discuss, apply, analyse and evaluate science fundamentals through systematic investigation, interpretation, and analysis of some engineering problems. Topics covered include basic Newtonian mechanics, electrical and magnetics principles.

Assessment plan:

  1. Online Quizzes (20%)
  2. Mid-trimester Exam (25%)
  3. Laboratory Activities and Projects – Mechanics (Experiment 1, 2 Sessions) (15%)
  4. Laboratory Activities and Projects – Electricity (Experiment 2, 2 Sessions) (15%)
  5. Final Exam (25%)
1007ENG - Engineering Fundamentals

This course provides students with core professional empowering skills required to complete their engineering degree, gain work experience and begin their engineering careers. The course is taught through using several modes including: Problem-, Project- and Experiential-Based Learning. Students learn by undertaking a design project using commercial methods and practices. The course provides basic techniques in the use of CAD software for preparation of drawings needed for their project. Oral and written communications also form major components of the course. The course also contains generic skills required for tertiary study of engineering including: engineering ethics, sustainability and engineering design theory. The course is intended to equip students with the generic Engineering skills and professional responsibility to others that should be integral to their University studies and later professional practice.

Assessment plan:

  1. Writing Skills (3×3%) (9%)
  2. Project Presentations (6%)
  3. Project Designs (15%)
  4. Project Reporting (35%)
  5. Final Exam (35%)
1011SCG - Mathematics 1A

This course introduces basic vector algebra in two and three dimensions, matrices, complex numbers, probability and revises basic functions. It provides a foundation in the mathematical sciences for later studies in science and engineering.

Assessment plan:

  1. Test 1 – Algebra, Linear and Quadratic Functions and Matrices (10%)
  2. Mid-trimester exam Content from Week 1 – 5 (30%)
  3. Test 2 – Vectors and Complex Numbers (10%)
  4. Final exam Content from Week 6 – 12 (40%)
  5. Online homework and in-class workbook (10%)

Third trimester

1301ENG - Electric Circuits^ OR 1501ENG - Engineering Mechanics^

1501ENG – Engineering Mechanics

Engineering Mechanics is both a foundation and a framework for most engineering disciplines. This course provides a basic knowledge of Newtonian mechanics, rigid-body mechanics, elasticity and structural analysis. In particular, the principles of statics and their applications in engineering, the methods of static analysis, and techniques of engineering computation are expounded. Students are expected not only to acquire a good grasp of the principles but also to develop the computational and analytical skills which are vital in obtaining correct engineering solutions. In practice, a wrong solution can lead to an engineering disaster. This course is designed to enable students to acquire fundamental knowledge in engineering.

Assessment plan:

  1. Module 1 Statics quiz (15%)
  2. Truss project (20%)
  3. Module 2 and 3 Statics quiz (15%)
  4. Beam project (20%)
  5. Final Exam (30%)
1012SCG - Mathematics 1B

This course provides students with an introduction to the basic mathematical principles that lie behind calculus. It provides a foundation in the mathematical sciences needed for later studies both in an engineering and science context.

Assessment plan:

  1. Test 1 – Functions and Limits (10%)
  2. Mid-trimester exam Content from Week 1 – 5 (20%)
  3. Test 2 – Integration and its applications (10%)
  4. Final exam Content from Week 5 – 12 (40%)
  5. Online homework and in-class workbook (20%)
1502ENG - Engineering Materials

The course is designed for first year students enrolled in engineering programs. It considers the fundamental properties of metals and non-metallic materials. Students are introduced to the atomic and microstructure of materials and their relationship to mechanical and electrical properties. The course explores the mechanical concepts of stress, strain, elongation, and material failure (including testing) and the phenomenon of electrical conduction.

Assessment plan:

  1. PROJECT 1: Materials Characterization & Selection (20%)
  2. Mid-Trimester Online Exam (10%)
  3. PROJECT 2: Mechanical Properties of Material (30%)
  4. PROJECT 3: Research on Properties of Materials (20%)
  5. End of Trimester Online Exam (20%)

Find out more: Current program structure

* Students who demonstrate success in the compulsory Mathematics Diagnostic Quiz prior to commencing their study may be exempt from completing Essential Mathematics and hence potentially reduce the duration of their diploma program.

^ Electric Circuits is required for students going into the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Software, Electronic, Electrical and Electronic and Energy majors. Engineering mechanics is required for students going into the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil, Environmental and Mechanical majors.

Pathways to a Griffith University Engineering Degree

Domestic students
International students


2 trimesters (8 months)
3 trimesters (12 months)


Trimester 1, 2, 3


Mt Gravatt
Gold Coast
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