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4527

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2015 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 applies to students commencing this course in 2015 and 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.

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Course code4527
Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Partner facultyEngineering
Abbreviated titleBBiomedSc/BE(Hons)
CRICOS code056482C
Total credit points required252
Standard duration of study (years)5 years FT, 10 years PT

To complete the degree requirements within five years it is necessary for students to overload in some years (or part-time equivalent). This course must be completed in a minimum of 4 years and a maximum of 10 years. The course duration is inclusive of any periods of intermission.

Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details http://www.monash.edu/study/coursefinder/course/4527
Contact details

School of Biomedical Sciences: 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.

Description

This course 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

Refer to the outcomes for the two single degree entries for 2230 Bachelor of Biomedical Science and 4632 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).

Vacation employment/industrial experience

The Faculty of Engineering strongly recommends that all undergraduate students enrolled in engineering single or double degrees complete 12 weeks of engineering vacation employment. Vacation employment is an integral part of student development, and is an excellent avenue to prepare for future engineering careers by gaining experience in an industrial setting and establishing industry networks.

Professional recognition

Refer to the faculty's Professional recognition of coursesProfessional recognition of courses (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2015handbooks/undergrad/eng-03.html) page in this Handbook.

Structure

This course consists of core and elective units undertaken in the fields of biomedical science and one of five engineering disciplines:

  • chemical engineering
  • civil engineering
  • electrical and computer systems engineering
  • materials engineering
  • mechanical engineering.

The total number of credit points required will depend on the engineering specialisation completed. All units are 6 points unless otherwise indicated.

Requirements

Elective units

Over the course of the double degree, 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, BND, BNS, DEV, GEN, HUP, IMM, MIC, MIS, PHA and PHY). Refer to the index of units by codeindex of units by code (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/units/index-bycode.html) in the current edition of the Handbook.

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

First year

  • BMS1011 Biomedical chemistry
  • BMS1021 Cells, tissues, and organisms
  • BMS1052 Human neurobiology
  • BMS1062 Molecular biology
  • BMS2011 Structure of the human body
  • ENG1002 Engineering design: Cleaner, safer, smarter
  • ENG1090 Foundation mathematics,* or PHS1080 Foundation physics,* or ENG1091 Mathematics for engineering
  • ENG1091 Mathematics for engineering,* or ENG2091 Advanced engineering mathematics A

* Students requiring foundation studies must complete this unit.

Total 48 points

Second year

  • BMS2021 Biochemistry in human function
  • BMS2042 Human genetics
  • CHE2161 Mechanics of Fluids
  • CHE2162 Material and energy balances
  • CHE2163 Heat and mass transfer
  • CHE2164 Engineering thermodynamics
  • CHM2735 Chemistry - principles and practice
  • ENG1060 Computing for engineers
  • 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 one 6-point chemical engineering elective
  • CHE3167 Transport phenomena and numerical methods
  • CHE3171 Bioprocess technology
  • CHE4161 Engineering in society
  • 12 points of electives from the biomedical science area

Total 54 points

Fifth year

  • 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

** Students who required foundation studies at first year must complete this unit.

Total 48 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

  • BMS1011 Biomedical chemistry
  • BMS1021 Cells, tissues and organisms
  • BMS1031 Medical biophysics
  • BMS1052 Human neurobiology
  • ENG1001 Engineering design: Lighter, faster, stronger
  • ENG1060 Computing for engineers
  • ENG1091 Mathematics for engineering
  • PHS1080 Foundation physics*, or ENG1090 Foundation mathematics*, or ENG1002 Engineering design: Cleaner, safer, smarter

* Students requiring foundation studies must complete this unit.

Total 48 points

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 Geomechanics I
  • ENG2091 Advanced engineering mathematics A

In addition students must 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 geomechanics

In addition students must 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 Geomechanics II
  • CIV3264 Urban water and wastewater systems
  • CIV3283 Road engineering

In addition students must 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-point elective 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 civil engineering electives from the list below

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

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 engineering
  • 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

  • BMS1011 Biomedical chemistry
  • BMS1021 Cells, tissues and organisms
  • BMS1052 Human neurobiology
  • BMS1062 Molecular biology
  • ENG1002 Engineering design: Cleaner, safer, smarter
  • ENG1060 Computing for engineers**
  • ENG1090 Foundation mathematics, * or PHS1080 Foundation physics, * or ENG1091 Mathematics for engineering
  • ENG1091 Mathematics for engineering,* or ENG2092 Advanced engineering mathematics B

* Students requiring foundation studies must complete this unit.

** 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.

Total 48

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 electrical and computer systems engineering elective

** Students who required foundation studies at first year must complete this unit.

Total 48

Third year

Total 48 points

Fourth year

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

Total 54 points

Fifth year

  • BMS3042 Biomedical basis of disease 2
  • ECE3022 Wireless and guided electromagnetism or ECE3073 Computer systems
  • ECE4094 Project A
  • ECE4095 Project B
  • ECE4099 Professional practice
  • biomedical engineering unit from the list below (if not already completed),*** or electrical and computer systems engineering elective from the list below
  • 6-point elective from the electrical and computer systems elective list below
  • 12 points of electives from the biomedical science area

*** If a biomedical engineering unit is not offered in a particular semester, then another electrical and computer systems elective may be taken subject to head of department approval.

Total 54 points

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

Electrical and computer systems engineering electives

  • ECE4012 Applied digital signal processing
  • ECE4023 Radio frequency electronics
  • ECE4024 Wireless communications
  • ECE4032 Advanced control
  • ECE4033 Industrial instrumentation and measurement technologies
  • ECE4042 Communications theory
  • ECE4043 Optical communications
  • ECE4044 Telecommunications protocols
  • ECE4045 Network performance
  • ECE4053 Electrical energy - generation and supply
  • ECE4054 Electrical energy - power converters and motor control
  • ECE4055 Electrical energy - power electronic applications
  • ECE4058 Electrical energy - high voltage engineering
  • ECE4063 Large scale digital design
  • ECE4064 Electronic test technology
  • ECE4074 Advanced computer architecture
  • ECE4075 Real time embedded systems
  • ECE4076 Computer vision
  • ECE4077 Advanced computing techniques
  • ECE4078 Intelligent robotics
  • ECE4081 Medical instrumentation
  • ECE4084 Biomechanics of human musculoskeletal systems
  • ECE4086 Medical imaging technology
  • ECE4087 Medical technology innovation
  • ECE5881 Real-time system design*
  • ECE5882 Advanced electronics design*
  • ECE5883 Advanced signal processing*
  • ECE5884 Wireless communications*
  • ENG4700 Engineering technology for biomedical imaging and sensing.

* Level-5 electives (ECE5xxx-coded units) are available only by approval of the head of department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering for students who have completed either ECE3091 or 132 credit points and have a honours weighted average of 70 per cent or higher.

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 complete level three and four materials engineering units at either third or fourth year.

First year

  • BMS1011 Biomedical chemistry
  • BMS1021 Cells, tissues and organs
  • BMS1042 Biomedical sciences and society
  • BMS1052 Human neurobiology
  • BMS1062 Molecular biology
  • ENG1002 Engineering design: Cleaner, safer, smarter
  • ENG1091 Mathematics for engineers or ENG2091 Advanced engineering mathematics
  • PHS1080 Foundation physics*, or ENG1090 Foundation mathematics* or ENG1091 Mathematics for engineers

* Students requiring foundation studies must complete this unit.

Total 48 points

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

Total 48 points

Third year

Total 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

Total 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

Total 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

  • BMS1011 Biomedical chemistry
  • BMS1021 Cells, tissues and organisms
  • BMS1042 Biomedical sciences and society
  • BMS1062 Molecular biology
  • BMS2011 Structure of the human body
  • ENG1001 Engineering design: Lighter, faster, stronger
  • ENG1090 Foundation mathematics*, or PHS1080 Foundation physics*, or ENG1091 Mathematics for engineering
  • ENG1091 Mathematics for engineering, or BMS1052 Human neurobiology (if ENG1091 already completed)

* Students requiring foundation studies must complete this unit.

Total 48 points

Second year

Total 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
  • MEC2407 Electromechanics
  • MEC2456 Engineering computational analysis
  • MEC3455 Solid mechanics
  • MEC3459 Materials selection for engineering design*

Total 54 points

Fourth year

  • MEC3416 Engineering design II*
  • MEC3451 Fluid mechanics II
  • MEC3453 Dynamics II
  • MEC3454 Thermodynamics and heat transfer
  • MEC3457 Systems and control
  • MEC3458 Experimental project
  • 12 points of electives from the biomedical science area

Total 48 points

Fifth year

  • BMS3042 Biomedical basis of disease 2
  • MEC4401 Project I
  • MEC4404 Professional practice
  • MEC4407 Engineering design III**
  • 6-point elective from the biomedical science area, or 6-point mechanical engineering elective from the list below (if no foundation unit was required)
  • 6-point mechanical engineering elective from the list below
  • 12 points of electives from the biomedical science area

Total 48 points

Mechanical engineering electives

  • MEC4402 Final year project - Thesis
  • MEC4416 Momentum, energy and mass transport in engineering systems
  • MEC4417 Refrigeration and air-conditioning
  • MEC4418 Control systems
  • MEC4425 Micro/nano solid and fluid mechanics
  • MEC4426 Computer-aided design
  • MEC4427 Systems integrity and maintenance
  • MEC4428 Advanced dynamics
  • MEC4444 Industrial noise and its control
  • MEC4446 Composite structures
  • MEC4447 Computers in fluids and energy
  • MEC4456 Robotics
  • MEC4459 Wind engineering

Total 48 points

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

Areas of study

Award(s)

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

The engineering award conferred depends on the specialisation completed.