Network and Communication Engineering Major - Bachelor of Engineering Technology

Our world turns on information. Network and communication engineers are the people who make sure the information gets through – they design, test and build our communication networks.

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 terminals in the network must have a unique address so that messages or connections can be routed to the correct recipients.

In this major you learn about the design, implementation, remediation and security of computer network devices and computer network systems. You gain core skills in network engineering and computer and network programming and installation.

Key features

  • Communications networks are becoming increasingly important
  • Access to high-end equipment and facilities
  • Real-life experience working on an industry-based project

Career opportunities

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


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 to graduate. This work experience exposes you to real engineering practices and management systems and helps you build engineering networks.

Year 1

Level 4:
714338 Engineering Mathematics (15 points)
Level 5:
705001 Electrical Engineering Principles (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)
ENSE503 Introduction to Engineering Programming (15 points)

Year 2

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)
ENGE600 Engineering Management I (15 points)

SELECT 15 points from:
706001 Project (15 points)
ENEL602 Electronics Project (15 points)

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

Year 3
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:
737003 Fields and Waves (15 points)
COMP715 Network Security (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.

Last updated: 13-May-2016 1.37pm

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