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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Course

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 required240
Standard duration of study (years)5 years FT, 10 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Contact details

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

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.

Objectives

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 work/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 work experience 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 work experience has been completed and a satisfactory report submitted.

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

First year

Second year

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

Fourth year

  • BMS3042 Biomedical basis of disease 2
  • CHE3163 Sustainable processing 1
  • CHE3164 Reaction engineering
  • CHE3166 Process design,* or CHE3171 Bioprocess technology
  • CHE4180 Chemical engineering project (12 points)
  • 12 points of electives from the biomedical science area

Fifth year

  • CHE3171 Bioprocess technology, * or CHE4162 Particle technology
  • CHE4170 Design project (12 points)
  • CHE4161 Engineering in society
  • CHE3167 Transport phenomena and numerical methods
  • CHE4171 Biochemical engineering
  • 12 points of electives from the biomedical science area

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

Total 240 points: 12 points of common units; biomedical component 96 points; chemical engineering component 132 points.

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

Forensic and biomechanics stream

First year
Second year
  • BMS1042 Biomedical sciences and society
  • BMS1062 Molecular biology
  • BMS2011 Structure of the human body
  • BMS2021 Biochemistry of human function
  • CIV2206 Mechanics of solids
  • CIV2226 Design of concrete and masonry structures
  • CIV2242 Introductory geoengineering
  • ENG2091 Advanced engineering mathematics A
Third year
Fourth year
  • BMS2062 Introduction to bioformatics
  • BMS3021 Molecular medicine and biotechnology
  • CIV3221 Building structures and technology
  • CIV3222 Bridge design and assessment
  • CIV3247 Geoengineering
  • CIV3283 Road engineering
  • 12 points of electives from the biomedical science area
Fifth year
  • BMS3042 Biomedical basis of disease 2
  • CIV4210 Project A
  • CIV4234 Advanced structural analysis
  • CIV4212 Civil engineering practice 4
  • CIV3205 Project management for civil engineers, or CIV4284 Transport systems, or CIV5306 Road safety engineering
  • one CIV level three elective
  • 12 points of electives from the biomedical science area

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

Public health Stream

First year
Second year
  • BMS1042 Biomedical sciences and society
  • BMS1062 Molecular biology
  • BMS2011 Structure of the human body
  • BMS2021 Biochemistry of human function
  • CIV2207 Computing and water modelling
  • CIV2242 Introductory geoengineering
  • CIV2263 Water systems
  • ENG2091 Advanced engineering mathematics A
Third year
Fourth year
  • BMS2062 Introduction to bioinformatics
  • BMS3021 Molecular medicine and biotechnology
  • CIV3205 Project management for civil engineers
  • CIV3247 Geoengineering
  • CIV3248 Groundwater and environmental geoengineering
  • CIV3264 Urban water and wastewater systems
  • CIV3283 Road engineering
  • 6 points of electives from the biomedical science area
Fifth year
  • BMS3042 Biomedical basis of disease 2
  • CIV4261 Integrated urban water management or CIV4268 Water resources management
  • CIV4210 Project A
  • CIV4212 Civil engineering practice 4
  • CIV4248 Ground hazards and environmental geotechnics
  • 18 points of electives from the biomedical science area

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

Total 240 points: biomedical component 108 points; civial engineering component 132 points

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

First year

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 First Biomedical engineering unit or ECSE elective

Third year

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
  • First or second biomedical engineering unit or ECSE elective
  • 12 points of electives from the biomedical science area

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
  • second biomedical engineering unit (if not already completed),* or ECSE elective
  • 12 points of electives from the biomedical science area

* 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.

*** 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 240 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

First year

Second year

  • BMS2011 Structure of the human body
  • BMS2021 Biochemistry of human function
  • BMS2062 Introduction to bioinformatics
  • ENG2091 Advanced engineering mathematics
  • MTE2541 Nanostructure of materials
  • MTE2542 Microstructural development
  • MTE2544 Functional materials
  • MTE2545 Polymers and ceramics I

Third year

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
  • MTE3546 Polymers and ceramics II
  • 18 points of electives from the biomedical science area

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
  • 6 point elective from the biomedical science area

Total 240 points: biomedical component 102/108 points; materials engineering component 126/132 points

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

First year

Second year

Third year

  • BMS2052 Microbes in health and disease*, or BMS2062 Introduction to bioinformatics
  • BMS2062 Introduction to bioinformatics*, or 6 point elective from the biomedical science area
  • BMS3021 Molecular medicine and biotechnology
  • MEC2402 Engineering design I
  • MEC2403 Mechanics of materials
  • MEC3451 Fluid mechanics II
  • MEC3455 Solid mechanics
  • MEC3456 Engineering computational analysis

Fourth year

  • BMS3042 Biomedical basis of disease 2
  • 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

Fifth year

  • 6 point elective from the biomedical science area *, or MEC44xx Technical elective
  • MEC4401 Project I
  • MEC4402 Project II
  • MEC4404 Professional practice
  • two MEC44xx technical electives
  • 12 points of electives from the biomedical science area

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

Total 240 points: biomedical component 108 points; mechanical engineering component 132 points

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.