Phasing out course - prior to 31 December 2014

The Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical), Master of Engineering (Biomedical) requires five 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.

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 (Mechanical), Master 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 and broad foundation in both the theoretical and the practical aspects of engineering, particularly those relevant to the systematic development of biomechanical systems
  • an awareness of social, economic, cultural and environmental  aspects of biomedical and mechanical engineering
  • an ability to critically analyse and evaluate information and solve complex 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:

  • skillfully use  professional skills and knowledge in the systematic development of solution to complex biomechanical problems
  • apply advanced 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 and mechanical engineering
  • contribute successfully to project management.

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

Program of study

To qualify for the Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical), Master of Engineering (Biomedical) a student must complete 180 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.  Students must also achieve a credit level average or better at the end of third year.  Students with less than a credit average at the end of third year will be permitted to continue in the ordinary degree program of the Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) award.

Students continuing in the Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical), Master of Engineering (Biomedical) program and maintaining a credit average or better will be awarded the degrees of Bachelor of Engineering with Honours and the Masters of Engineering (Biomedical).  Students who continue in this program but who fail to maintain a credit average will be awarded the ordinary degree of Bachelor of Engineering and the Masters of Engineering (Biomedical).

Students who have successfully completed the first three years of the program (108 units) (plus ENGR3403 Engineering Work Experience (0 units) if the practicum has not been completed) may exit with a Bachelor of Engineering Science.

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:

 ENGR1711 Engineering Design (4.5 units)
 ENGR2703 Mechanical Practice Certificate (0 units)
 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)
 ENGR2771 Dynamics (4.5 units)
 ENGR2781 Mechanical Design Project (4.5 units)
 ENGR3712 Thermodynamics and Energy Systems (4.5 units)

Core - Year 3 topics

36 units comprising:

 ENGR2741 Mechanics and Structures (4.5 units)
 ENGR2751 Fluid Mechanics (4.5 units)
 ENGR2812 Engineering Materials 2 (4.5 units)
 ENGR3711 Control Systems (4.5 units)
 ENGR3761 Applied Thermo-Fluid Dynamics (4.5 units)
 ENGR7702 Biomaterials (4.5 units)
 MMED2931 Human Physiology (4.5 units)
 MMED2932 Integrative Human Physiology (4.5 units)

Core - Year 4 topics

36 units comprising:

 ENGR2752 Mechanics of Machines (4.5 units)
 ENGR3704 Project Management for Engineering and Science (4.5 units)
 ENGR3741 Physiological Measurement (4.5 units)
 ENGR3751 Solid Mechanics (4.5 units)
 MMED2933 Fundamental Neuroscience (4.5 units)
 ENGR3750  Workplace Preparation (0 units)

Plus one of:

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

Core - Year 5 topics

36 units comprising^^:

 ENGR7781 Innovation in Medical Devices (4.5 units)
 ENGR7811 Advanced Mechanical Design (4.5 units)
 MATH7701 Finite Element Methods (4.5 units)
 ENGR9700A Masters Thesis (4.5 /18 units) 
 ENGR9700B Masters Thesis (4.5/18 units)  
 ENGR9700C Masters Thesis (4.5/18 units)  
 ENGR9700D Masters Thesis (4.5/18 units)

Plus 4.5 units of CSEM option topics**

* 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.

^^ Students must undertake the Masters Thesis topics over a minimum of two semesters.

** CSEM option topics must be selected from Table A, at least half of which will be chosen from those labelled as biomedical (Group B) or mechanical (Group H).  With permission of the Director of Studies, one CSEM option topic 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.

Combined degrees

The Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical), Master of Engineering (Biomedical) may also be studied in a combined degrees program with any Bachelor degree in the Faculty of Science and Engineering.