Network and Communication Engineering major - Bachelor of Engineering Technology

A communications network is a collection of terminals, links and nodes which connect to enable communication between users of the terminals. Networks may transfer voice, video or data, and each terminal in the network must have a unique address so that messages or connections can be routed to the correct recipients.

The Network and Communication Engineering major in the Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BEngTech) focuses on computer network devices and computer network systems, particularly their design, implementation, remediation and security.

  • Designed to give you a comprehensive set of skills as an engineering technologist in the telecommunications and network engineering industry
  • Practical emphasis - you work on practical engineering projects and develop project management skills
  • A core of network engineering study, building skills in computer and network programming and installation
  • A range of engineering electives to choose from in Years 2 and 3


Most papers last one semester and are worth 15 points. You must complete 120 points each year (360 points for the entire degree). In each year you will study core (compulsory) papers, and select other papers from a range of options.

You also need to complete a minimum of 600 hours of planned supervised work placement prior to graduation. The aim of the work experience is to expose you to the engineering practices and management systems in the work environment.

Year 1
The Network and Communication Engineering major shares some of the first year papers with the other majors in the Bachelor of Engineering Technology. Papers also cover essential development skills in computer networking and telecommunications technologies.


Level 4:
714338 Engineering Mathematics (15 points)
Level 5:
705001 Electrical Engineering Principles (15 points)
705003 Introduction to Computing (15 points)

705010 Introduction to Engineering Design (15 points)
735313 Digital Devices and Systems (15 points)
735316 Computer Network Principles (15 points)
735325 Personal Computer Engineering and Applications (15 points)

ENEL500 Analogue Electronics (15 points)

Year 2

You advance your skills and progress to advanced levels of engineering mathematics, computer networking, telecommunication technologies and services. You may also select elective papers during your final 2 years of study. You have a compulsory engineering project, and are introduced to management and project management skills.

Level 5:
715001 Engineering Mathematics 1 (15 points)
735319 Telecommunications Technologies (15 points)
Level 6:
736008 Introduction to Microcontrollers (15 points)
736392 Computer Network Applications (15 points)
736987 Telecommunication Network Services (15 points)
ENEL602 Electronics Project (15 points)
ENGE600 Engineering Management I (15 points)

SELECT a further 15 points from the elective options listed below.

Year 3
In the third year you will continue areas of advanced in-depth study in the specialised area of telecommunications and computer networking. The year includes management topics such as ethics and sustainability, and a full-year specialisation project where students use their knowledge in the development of software or hardware under the supervision and guidance of AUT engineering staff.

Level 7:
737202 Network Design (30 points)
737335 Specialisation Project (30 points)

ENGE701 Engineering Management II (15 points)

SELECT a further 45 points from elective options listed below.

Level 5:
735920 Telecommunication Technology Principles (15 points)
Level 6:
716001 Engineering Mathematics II (15 points)
736914 Personal Computer Technical Skills (15 points)
736989 Radio Frequency Principles (15 points)
Level 7:
407713 Network Security (15 points)
737003 Fields and Waves (15 points)

Click here to view programme structure and paper outlines.

Additional course information can also be found here.

Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers.

Career opportunities

  • Computer engineer
  • Middle management
  • Network design engineer
  • Telecommunication engineer
  • Armed Forces

Last updated: 13-Feb-2015 2.34pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.