The Diploma of Science (Engineering Studies) allows you to progress to a wide range of disciplines in ECU’s School of Engineering.

Course overview

Diploma of Science (Engineering Studies) (Year 1) is designed to enhance your learning experience, and provide you with the underpinning knowledge necessary to prepare you for studies in Engineering related courses at university level. 

The Diploma of Science (Engineering Studies) (Year 2) is specially designed for students wishing to enrol in the wide range of courses offered by ECU’s School of Engineering. ECU Engineering courses are structured heavily around practical learning; you will have the opportunity to work with real hardware, not just simulation packages. Teaching facilities include advanced laboratories with modern industry-standard equipment. Students who complete the Diploma of Science (Engineering Studies) (Year 2) at ECC will receive up to 8 units (120 credit points) advanced standing, the equivalent of the first year, in the respective bachelor’s degree at ECU. A minimum of 50% pass in all units is required for progression to ECU.

Key Information


Year 1: 8 units (8-12 months)
Year 2: 8 units (8-12 months)

Intake dates

Year 1: February, June, October
Year 2: February, June, October

Campus location

ECU Joondalup Campus West


2024 Year 1: A$16,400

2024 Year 2: A$17,600

Domestic International


2024 Year 1: A$26,000

2024 Year 2: A$34,000

Leads to ECU

Your Diploma of Science (Engineering Studies) can lead into ECU second year of below degrees:

Diploma of Science (Engineering Studies) (Year 1)

CRICOS Code 092036D

The program consists of 8 units of study and can be completed over 2 or 3 trimesters, and provides opportunities for scaffolded learning and the development of core academic and employability skills. Students will study the 6 core units outlined below, plus 2 Year 1 Electives.

This course will provide students entry into ECC Diploma of Science (Engineering Studies) (Year 2).

Students will identify, analyse and apply communication, social and intercultural skills for effective interpersonal and workplace relationships.  This unit develops written skills, oral presentation skills and research skills, to prepare students for academic or professional environments.  Students will make connections between learning and future employability through topics such as effective workplace relationships, negotiation, managing conflict, and skills for teamwork and leadership.

This unit develops knowledge and skills in computing systems – software, hardware, digital security, communication networks, internet, information and data management. Students will develop their digital literacy and gain practical skills in specific computing applications from the Microsoft Office Suite.  Students will also be introduced to some basic hands-on skills in program design using Pseudocode.

This unit is designed for students who require a general mathematics background suitable for studies in business, health sciences and computing/IT courses.  Students will learn to use a scientific calculator and develop critical thinking skills to identify, analyse, synthesize and solve mathematical calculations in arithmetic, statistics, algebra, functions and their graphs, optimisation, sequences, series, growth and decay, trigonometry, geometric sequences, series, set theory and interest.

This unit introduces the foundations of academic writing – from library research using databases, selection of approved academic resources, to writing paragraphs and essays, using the APA referencing system and delivering oral presentations using multi-media.  The unit also includes essential study skills to assist with time management, note-taking and the use of memory aids for study purposes.

This unit is designed to provide students with knowledge in a broad range of physics concepts, and to help students identify the impact of physics and technology on society. It is designed for those who do not have a physics background at secondary level but wish to study engineering or physical sciences at the university.   This unit covers theory and practical investigations, using logical and analytical thinking, as well as developing skills in communicating scientific information.  Physics principles and methods applicable to Newton’s Laws, forces, heat, motion, electricity, wave motion and optics are included.

This unit introduces students to functions, calculus, descriptive statistics, probability and random variables, and their application to solve applied problems. Students will be introduced to functions and their properties, differential and integral calculus and its application to optimisation, area and rectilinear motion problems, arithmetic and geometric and sequences, sets and probability, descriptive statistics and discrete and continuous random variables.

CHE100 – Introductory Chemistry

This Chemistry unit is designed for students who wish to study engineering, physical sciences or health sciences at a tertiary level. It covers the study of matter and its interactions (chemical quantities, atoms, states, chemical bonding, chemical calculations, electronic and molecular structures, organic and inorganic chemistry).   Students will develop skills in organising, analysing and interpreting information and use simulated activities to prepare for future laboratory work.

SCN110 Foundation Science

This integrated Science unit enables students to investigate science issues in the context of the world around them. It incorporates aspects of biology, chemistry, and physics, and is suited to students wishing to pursue a range of future career and study options. Integrated Science encourages students to be questioning, reflective and critical thinkers about scientific issues. Students develop a range of practical skills and techniques through investigations and fieldwork in context, and use scientific evidence to make informed decisions about scientific issues.

PMG100 – Project Management

This unit introduces concepts and skills used by managers to propose, plan, secure resources, budget and lead project teams to successful project completion.  Students will examine and apply fundamental principles, strategies and approaches for project management in a variety of contexts that are universally applicable across organisations and project types.

ICS100  Intercultural Studies

The unit introduces students to intercultural interaction in the contemporary world, focusing on multiple and diverse audiences, modalities, globalisation, cultural symbols and values, language, and interpretations of intercultural sites. Accounting for the international students' experiences, they are given a practical introduction to relevant processes leading to expanding their cultural knowledge. Global citizenship, including intercultural communication skills, is introduced and enhanced, focusing on cultural diversity and contemporary implications for professional practice. Students will explore, report and present on their intercultural communication journey, and its' relevance to their discipline / professional interests.

Diploma of Science (Engineering Studies) (Year 2)

CRICOS Code 092036D

The course consists of 8 units of study and can be completed over 2 or 3 trimesters.

  • Introduction of Energy and Resource Engineering
  • Engineering Drawing and Computer Aided Design
  • Mathematics 1
  • Introduction to Engineering
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Mathematics 2
  • Electrical Engineering 1B
  • Materials and Manufacturing
  •  Prerequisite units:
  • Introductory Physics*
  • Introductory Applied Maths*

15 Credit Points each unit


*These two units are additional units for students who have not completed the prerequisite study at Year 12 (or equivalent)