Charles Darwin University offers online engineering degrees

Charles Darwin University (CDU) has become one of Australia’s first universities to offer online engineering courses without the need for on-campus course delivery.

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is now offering online engineering courses without the need for on-campus course delivery.

CDU is one of the first universities in Australia to offer the online engineering courses following their re-accreditation by Engineers Australia.

College of Engineering, IT and Environment Dean, Professor David Young, said CDU is well equipped to deliver online degrees which will help to meet Northern Australia’s demand for engineers.

“During COVID-19, CDU was able to continue to deliver subjects online without any disruptions, so we are well equipped to deliver our engineering courses online,” Professor Young said.

“CDU has made a long-term commitment to invest in engineering education as there is a significant need for locally trained engineers in Northern Australia.

“It can be difficult to find people who are prepared to commit to long-term employment in Northern Australia so providing an option for students to study online will help to address this demand by providing realistic study options and pathways for students.”

Students who are studying a Bachelor of Engineering Science, Bachelor of Engineering Honours and a Master of Engineering can choose to study at CDU remotely from anywhere in Australia.

CDU made the move to introduce online engineering courses to better support the workforce needs of Northern Australia.

Students who choose to study engineering online will learn through various methods including take home kits, teamwork, guest lectures by practicing engineers, work experience and laboratory work where students can remotely navigate machinery at labs located on campus at CDU.

CDU’s Discipline Chair of Engineering and Information Technology, Professor Friso De Boer said a variety of strategies have been developed to ensure online students get an experience as close as possible to if they were studying on campus.

“It is really important to us at CDU that students studying 100 per cent online have the best experience they can have when studying at CDU,” Professor De Boer said.

“Our online students will learn through a range of methods including take home kits, videos, simulations and real time labs where students can remotely control machinery that is located on campus.

“This will aim to resemble as closely as possible, the hands-on experience of on-campus students.”

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