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3879

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleBBiomedSc/BE
CRICOS code056482C
Total credit points required252
Standard duration of study (years)5 years FT, 10 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details http://www.monash.edu/study/coursefinder/course/3879
Contact details

Telephone: +61 3 9905 9712, email: biomed@med.monash.edu.au or visit http://www.med.monash.edu.au/biomed

Notes

  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This is an accelerated course where you will be required to overload by 6 credit points per semester twice in the later stages of the degree in order to complete the degree in 5 years.

Description

The program introduces students to a range of interdisciplinary units covering areas of modern biomedical sciences, human biology and public health and develops a strong grounding in one of five branches of engineering. The strong research and design focus that is characteristic of the engineering programs combined with the interdisciplinary approach of the biomedical science component produces graduates in two disciplines who are able to make a unique contribution to both medical science and engineering.

Outcomes

On completion of the Bachelor of Biomedical Science and Bachelor of Engineering, students will have acquired a basic knowledge of:

  • the ethical standards and legal responsibilities to the community and the profession
  • the management of physical, human and financial resources associated with the practice of engineering
  • the constraints on engineering practice posed by economic factors, safety considerations and impact on the environment
  • the integration of concepts of safe design and practice in the solution of problems
  • a range of important multidisciplinary areas in the biomedical sciences
  • the research frontier at which advances in biomedical science are occurring
  • the relationship between biomedical science and engineering
  • the essential analytical procedures relevant to the field of biomedical sciences and engineering.

In addition, students will have developed general and professional skills in:

  • effective communication with peers, associates, clients and the general public
  • operating as an individual or as part of a team
  • integrating knowledge from different areas to synthesise a coherent approach to the solution of a problem
  • critical evaluation of assumptions and arguments
  • theoretical and numerical analysis to predict, design, control and optimise the performance of engineering systems.

Vacation employment/industrial experience

In order to fulfil the requirements of the various degree regulations and Engineers Australia, all engineering students must complete 12 weeks of approved engineering vacation employment and submit a report on that work. Such work is normally undertaken in the vacations between second and third years and/or between third and fourth years (but may also be taken between first and second years). Students who have completed all academic requirements for their degrees are not eligible to graduate until this vacation employment has been completed and a satisfactory report submitted.

Professional recognition

Graduates who complete the work experienced required by Engineers Australia are eligible for membership. For more information about professional recognition of Faculty of Engineering courses visit http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2012handbooks/undergrad/eng-03.html

Structure

Students will be able to combine a Bachelor of Biomedical Science with a Bachelor of Engineering in one of five disciplines (chemical, civil, electrical and computer systems, materials or mechanical engineering) and position themselves for careers in the biomedical engineering field. The total number of credit points required will depend on the stream of engineering completed.

The award of an honours degree in engineering is based on academic achievement.

Requirements

Elective units

Over the course of the double degree program, students must take at least two elective units at level three from the biomedical sciences areas (generally these units begin with the prefixes BCH, BME, BMS, BND, BNS, CEL, DEV, GEN, HUP, IMM, MIC, PHA and PHY).

Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences and Bachelor of Engineering in the field of chemical engineering

IMPORTANT NOTE: this is a new course structure for students entering the program from 2011 onwards. All students who entered the program prior to 2012 should refer to the Handbook for the year in which they commenced the course. Archived Handbooks are available at http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/archive.html. Please contact your course adviser if unsure of course progression

First year

Total 48 points

* Students requiring foundation studies must undertake this unit from this group of options.

Second year

  • BMS2021 Biochemistry in human function
  • BMS2042 Human genetics
  • ENG1060 Computing for engineers
  • CHE2161 Fluid mechanics
  • CHE2162 Material and energy balances
  • CHE2163 Heat and mass transfer
  • CHE2164 Engineering thermodynamics
  • CHM2735 Chemistry - principles and practice
  • ENG2091 Advanced engineering mathematics A,* or ENG2092 Advanced engineering mathematics B

Total 54 points

Third year

  • BMS2031 Body systems
  • BMS2052 Microbes in health and disease
  • BMS2062 Introduction to bioinformatics
  • BMS3021 Molecular medicine and biotechnology
  • CHE3161 Chemistry and chemical thermodynamics
  • CHE3162 Process control
  • CHE3165 Separation processes
  • ENG2092 Advanced engineering mathematics B,* or CHE3166 Process design

Total 48 points

Fourth year

  • BMS3042 Biomedical basis of disease 2
  • CHE3163 Sustainable processing 1
  • CHE3164 Reaction engineering
  • CHE3166 Process design,* or CHE3171 Bioprocess technology
  • CHE3167 Transport phenomena and numerical methods
  • CHE4161 Engineering in society
  • 12 points of electives from the biomedical science area

Total 48 points

Fifth year

  • CHE3171 Bioprocess technology, * or 6 point chemical engineering elective
  • CHE4162 Particle technology
  • CHE4170 Design project (12 points)
  • CHE4171 Biochemical engineering
  • CHE4180 Chemical engineering project (12 points)
  • 12 points of electives from the biomedical science area

Total 54 points

Total 252 points: 18 points of common units; biomedical component 96 points; chemical engineering component 138 points.

Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences and Bachelor of Engineering in the field of civil engineering

First year

Total 48 points

* Students requiring foundation studies must undertake this unit from this group of options.

Second year

All students

  • BMS1042 Biomedical sciences and society
  • BMS1062 Molecular biology
  • BMS2011 Structure of the human body
  • BMS2021 Biochemistry of human function
  • CIV2225 Design of steel and timber structures
  • CIV2242 Introductory geoengineering
  • ENG2091 Advanced engineering mathematics A

In addition students complete units in one of the following streams as outlined below.

Forensic and biomechanics stream

  • CIV2206 Mechanics of solids
  • CIV2226 Design of concrete and masonry structures

Public health stream

Total 54 points

Third year

All students

  • BMS2031 Body systems
  • BMS2042 Human genetics
  • BMS2052 Microbes in health and disease
  • CIV2282 Transport and traffic engineering
  • CIV3221 Building structures and technology
  • CIV3248 Groundwater and environmental geoengineering

In addition students complete units in their chosen stream as outlined below.

Forensic and biomechanics stream

Total 48 points

Public health stream

Total 54 points

Fourth year

All students

  • BMS2062 Introduction to bioinformatics
  • BMS3021 Molecular medicine and biotechnology
  • CIV3222 Bridge design and assessment
  • CIV3247 Geoengineering
  • CIV3264 Urban water and wastewater systems
  • CIV3283 Road engineering

In addition students complete units in their chosen stream as outlined below.

Forensic and biomechanics stream

  • 6 point civil engineering elective from the list below
  • 12 points of electives from the biomedical science area

Total 54 points

Public health stream

  • CIV3205 Project management for civil engineers
  • 6 points of electives from the biomedical science area

Total 48 points

Fifth year

All students

  • BMS3042 Biomedical basis of disease 2
  • CIV4210 Project A
  • CIV4212 Civil engineering practice 4
  • 12 points of electives from the civil engineering list below

In addition students complete units in their chosen stream as outlined below.

* Students requiring foundation studies must undertake this unit from this group of options.

Forensic and biomechanics stream

  • CIV3205 Project management for civil engineers
  • 12 points of electives from the biomedical science area

Public health stream

  • 18 points of electives from the biomedical science area

Total 48 points

Civil engineering electives

Forensic and biomechanics stream

  • CIV3203 Civil engineering construction
  • CIV4234 Advanced structural analysis
  • CIV4249 Foundation engineering
  • CIV4261 Integrated urban water management
  • CIV4284 Transport systems

Public health stream

  • CIV3203 Civil engineering construction
  • CIV4248 Ground hazards and environmental geotechnics
  • CIV4261 Integrated urban water management
  • CIV4268 Water resources management

Total 252 points: biomedical component 108 points; civil engineering component 144 points

Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences and Bachelor of Engineering in the field of electrical and computer systems engineering)

First year

Total 48

* Students requiring foundation studies must undertake this unit from this group of options.

** Students commencing the course without VCE specialist mathematics or its equivalent, will have the co-requisite for this unit waived and will receive additional assistance.

Second year

  • BMS2011 Structure of the human body
  • BMS2021 Biochemistry of human function
  • ECE2011 Signal processing
  • ECE2021 Electromagnetism
  • ECE2031 Circuits and control
  • ECE2071 Computer organisation and programming
  • ECE2072 Digital systems
  • ENG2092 Advanced engineering mathematics B,* or biomedical engineering unit or ECSE elective

Total 48

Third year

Total 48

Fourth year

  • BMS3021 Molecular medicine and biotechnology
  • ECE3051 Electrical power engineering, or ECE3022 Wireless and guided electromagnetism
  • ECE3073 Computer systems, or ECE3062 Electronic systems and control
  • ECE3091 Engineering design
  • ECE3092 Systems engineering and reliability analysis
  • biomedical engineering unit or ECSE elective
  • 6 point elective from the electrical and computer systems engineering elective list
  • 12 points of electives from the biomedical science area

Total 54

Fifth year

  • BMS3042 Biomedical basis of disease 2
  • ECE3062 Electronic systems and control or ECE3073 Computer systems
  • ECE4094 Project A
  • ECE4095 Project B
  • ECE4099 Professional practice
  • biomedical engineering unit (if not already completed),*** or ECSE elective
  • 6 point electives from the electrical and computer systems list
  • 12 points of electives from the biomedical science area

*** If a biomedical engineering unit is not offered in a particular semester, then another ECSE elective may be taken subject to Head of Department approval.

Total 54

Biomedical engineering units

  • ECE4081 Medical instrumentation
  • ECE4084 Biomechanics of human musculo skeletal systems
  • ECE4086 Medical imaging technology
  • ECE4087 Medical technology innovation
  • ENG4700 Engineering technology for biomedical imaging and sensing

Total 252 points: 12 points of common units, biomedical component 96 points; electrical and computer systems engineering component 132 points.

Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences and Bachelor of Engineering in the field of materials engineering

Students are able to undertake level three and four materials engineering units at either third or fourth year.

First year

48 points

* Students requiring foundation studies must undertake this unit from this group of options.

Second year

  • BMS2011 Structure of the human body
  • BMS2021 Biochemistry of human function
  • BMS2062 Introduction to bioinformatics
  • ENG2091 Advanced engineering mathematics or ENG1060 Computing for engineering (if ENG2091 already completed)
  • MTE2541 Nanostructure of materials
  • MTE2542 Microstructural development
  • MTE2545 Polymers and ceramics I
  • MTE2547 Structure property relationships in materials

48 points

Third year

54 points

Fourth year

  • BMS3021 Molecular medicine and biotechnology
  • MTE3542 Microstructural design in structural materials
  • MTE3543 Microstructure to applications: The mechanics of materials
  • MTE3545 Functional materials and devices or MTE4596 Biomaterials II (if MTE3545 already taken)
  • MTE3546 Polymers and ceramics II
  • MTE3547 Materials characterisation and modelling
  • 18 points of electives from the biomedical science area

54 points

Fifth year

  • BMS3042 Biomedical basis of disease 2
  • MTE4525 Project I
  • MTE4526 Project II
  • MTE4571 Materials engineering design and practice
  • MTE4572 Polymer and composite processing and engineering
  • MTE4573 Processing and engineering of metals and ceramics
  • MTE4596 Biomaterials II or MTE4597 Nanomaterials (if MTE4596 already taken)
  • 6 point elective from the biomedical science area

48 points

Total 252 points: biomedical component 102/108 points; materials engineering component 150/144 points

Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences and Bachelor of Engineering in the field of mechanical engineering

First year

48 points

* Students requiring foundation studies must undertake this unit from this group of options.

Second year

54 points

Third year

  • BMS2052 Microbes in health and disease, or BMS2062 Introduction to bioinformatics (if BMS2052 already completed)
  • BMS2062 Introduction to bioinformatics, or 6 point elective from the biomedical science area (if BMS2062 already completed)
  • BMS3021 Molecular medicine and biotechnology
  • MEC2402 Engineering design I
  • MEC2403 Mechanics of materials
  • MEC2406 Engineering design II
  • MEC2407 Electromechanics
  • MEC3455 Solid mechanics
  • MEC3456 Engineering computational analysis

54 points

Fourth year

  • MEC3451 Fluid mechanics II
  • MEC3452 Design III
  • MEC3453 Dynamics II
  • MEC3454 Thermodynamics and heat transfer
  • MEC3457 Systems and control
  • MEC3458 Experimental project
  • 12 points of electives from the biomedical science area

48 points

Fifth year

  • BMS3042 Biomedical basis of disease 2
  • 6 point elective from the biomedical science area, or one 6 point mechanical engineering elective from the list below (if no foundation unit was required)
  • MEC4401 Project I
  • MEC4402 Project II
  • MEC4404 Professional practice
  • 6 point mechanical engineering elective from the list below
  • 12 points of electives from the biomedical science area

Mechanical engineering electives

48 points

Total 252 points: biomedical component 108 points; mechanical engineering component 144 points

Progression to further studies

Graduates who complete the work experienced required by Engineers Australia are eligible for membership. For more information about professional recognition of Faculty of Engineering courses visit http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2012handbooks/undergrad/eng-03.html

Award(s)

Bachelor of Engineering
Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Bachelor of Engineering in the field of Chemical Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering in the field of Civil Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering in the field of Electrical and Computer Systems
Bachelor of Engineering in the field of Materials Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering in the field of Mechanical Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) in the field of Chemical Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) in the field of Civil Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) in the field of Electrical and Computer Systems
Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) in the field of Materials Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) in the field of Mechanical Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours)

Where more than one award is listed for one or both components of the double degree the actual award(s) conferred may depend on units/majors/streams/specialisations studied, the level of academic merit achieved, or other factors relevant to the individual student's program of study.