Phasing out course - prior to 31 December 2014

The Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical) requires four years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time).

The course is offered by the School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics, within the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

A double degree program Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical), Master of Engineering (Biomedical) requiring five years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time) is also available.

Admission requirements

The minimum requirements for consideration for entry to all undergraduate courses are specified in detail in the University Entry Requirements.

Successful completion of any of SACE Stage 2 (Year 12) Specialist Mathematics, Mathematical Studies or Mathematical Methods with a minimum grade of C- or better (or equivalent) is normally required for entry to the Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical). Knowledge of SACE Stage 2 (Year 12) Physics is assumed.

Course aims

The course has been designed to provide graduates with:

  • a strong understanding of both the theoretical and the practical aspects of engineering, particularly those relevant to the systematic development of biomedical engineering systems
  • an awareness of social, economic, cultural and environmental aspects of (biomedical) engineering
  • an ability to critically analyse and evaluate information and solve problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities and a commitment to them
  • well developed written and oral communication skills
  • structured engineering work experience
  • the ability to work and interact professionally as an individual and as a member of multi-disciplinary teams
  • an understanding of the need to undertake lifelong learning and the capacity to do so
  • preparation for future management roles as professional engineers.

The course provides the foundations that will underpin ongoing professional development, preparing graduates for further study or for a career in an engineering related field or in other areas where the range of skills and knowledge acquired is needed or desirable.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the award, students will be able to:

  • proficiently use professional skills and knowledge in the systematic development of complex biomedical engineering systems
  • apply their skills and knowledge in a professionally responsible manner
  • communicate effectively with other engineers and the wider global community using a wide range of communication technologies
  • work professionally as an individual and in a team
  • understand and describe the processes through which current knowledge was developed
  • develop engineering solutions appropriate to the social, political, international, economic and environmental contexts in which they are applied
  • engage in the process of continuing learning needed to retain the necessary level of professional skills and knowledge in the area of biomedical engineering
  • contribute successfully to project management.

On completion of the Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical), students will be eligible for professional membership of Engineers Australia.

Program of study

To qualify for the Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical), a student must complete 144 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.

Students achieving a credit level average or better at the end of third year will be allowed to enrol in the honours degree program in Engineering in their final year. Other students will be able to complete the ordinary degree program. Students admitted to the honours degree program and maintaining a credit average or better will be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Engineering with Honours. Students who complete the honours degree program but who fail to maintain a credit average and students who complete the ordinary degree program will be awarded the ordinary degree of Bachelor of Engineering.

This award has two recommended sequences:

  • Sequence 1 - Electronics-based Biomedical Engineering
  • Sequence 2 - Mechanics-based Biomedical Engineering

These recommended sequences indicate sensible progressions that will satisfy pre-requisites. However, students are free to select topics from either sequence subject to meeting topic pre-requisites.

Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.

Core - Year 1 topics

36 units comprising:

 ENGR1201  Electronics  (4.5 units)
 ENGR1401  Professional Skills  (4.5 units)
 ENGR1721  Engineering Programming  (4.5 units)
 ENGR1722  Engineering Physics and Materials  (4.5 units)
 ENGR1732  Engineering Mechanics  (4.5 units)
 MATH1121  Mathematics 1A  (4.5 units)
 MATH1122  Mathematics 1B  (4.5 units)
 MMED1005  How Your Body Works: Human Physiology and Structure  (4.5 units)

Core - Year 2 topics

36 units comprising:

 ENGR2711  Engineering Mathematics  (4.5 units)
 ENGR2722  Analysis of Engineering Systems  (4.5 units)
 ENGR2732  Biomechanics  (4.5 units)
 ENGR2742  Biomedical Instrumentation  (4.5 units)
 ENGR2772  Sensors and Actuators  (4.5 units)
 MMED2931  Human Physiology  (4.5 units)

Plus 9 units from recommended sequence 1 or 2:

Option - Electronics-based - Year 2 topics

 ENGR2721  Microprocessors  (4.5 units)
 ENGR2731  Electronic Circuits  (4.5 units)

Option - Mechanics-based - Year 2 topics

 ENGR2741  Mechanics and Structures  (4.5 units)
 ENGR1711  Engineering Design  (4.5 units)

Core - Year 3 topics

36 units comprising:

 COMP2711  Computer Programming 2  (4.5 units)
 ENGR3704  Project Management for Engineering and Science  (4.5 units)
 ENGR3711  Control Systems  (4.5 units)
 ENGR3741  Physiological Measurement  (4.5 units)
 ENGR3750  Workplace Preparation (0 units)

Plus one of

 ENGR3700  Engineering Practicum*  (13.5 units) 
 ENGR3710  International Engineering Practicum*##  (13.5 units)

Plus 4.5 units from recommended sequence 1 or 2:

Option - Electronics-based - Year 3 topics

 ENGR3721  Signal Processing  (4.5 units) 

Option - Mechanics-based - Year 3 topics

Select one of:

 ENGR2751  Fluid Mechanics  (4.5 units) 
 ENGR3751  Solid Mechanics  (4.5 units)

Core - Year 4 ordinary program

36 units comprising:

 ENGR7710A  Engineering Project  (4.5 units) 
 ENGR7710B  Engineering Project  (4.5 units) 
 ENGR7781  Innovation in Medical Devices  (4.5 units)

 Plus 18 units of CSEM option topics##

 Plus a 4.5 unit topic from across the University where entry requirements are met.

Core - Year 4 Honours program

36 units comprising**:

 ENGR7700A  Honours Thesis  (4.5/18 units) 
 ENGR7700B  Honours Thesis  (4.5/18 units) 
 ENGR7700C  Honours Thesis  (4.5/18 units) 
 ENGR7700D  Honours Thesis  (4.5/18 units) 
 ENGR7781  Innovation in Medical Devices  (4.5 units)

 Plus 9 units of CSEM option topics##

 Plus a 4.5 unit topic from across the University where entry requirements are met.

*With the permission of the Director of Studies (Engineering), students may undertake ENGR3403 Engineering Work Experience (0 units) plus 13.5 units of CSEM upper-level topics in place of ENGR3700 Engineering Practicum or ENGR3710 International Engineering Practicum. ENGR3403 may be taken any time after the student has completed 72 units, CSEM upper-level topics must be selected from COMP, ENGR, MATH and STAT topics at 2000-level and above.

##ENGR3710 International Engineering Practicum should be selected by those students intending to undertake their Practicum outside of Australia. Enrolment is subject to approval by the School and will consider the quality and appropriateness of the placement.

##CSEM option topics must be selected from Table A, at least half of which will be chosen from those labelled as Biomedical (Group B). With permission of the Director of Studies, one CSEM option may be chosen from CSEM upper-level topics. CSEM upper-level topics must be selected from COMP, ENGR, MATH and STAT topics at 2000-level and above.

**Students must undertake the Honours Thesis topics over a minimum of two semesters.

Combined Degrees

The Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical) may also be studied in a combined degrees program with a: