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  • Objectives
    The course has been designed to provide graduates with: * a strong foundation in both the theoretical and the practical aspects of engineering, particularly those relevant to the systematic development of biomedical and electronic systems, * an awareness of social, economic and environmental aspects of (biomedical) engineering, * an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities and a commitment to them, * high-level written and oral communication skills, * structured engineering work experience, * the ability to work 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, * a deep understanding of research issues in a given area of investigation, * well-developed analytical and critical thinking skills appropriate to research, and * project management skills appropriate to research-oriented investigation.Learning outcomesOn completion of the award, students will be able to: * competently use professional skills and knowledge in the systematic development of complex digital and analog electronic systems with particular emphasis on the application to biomedical systems, * apply their skills and knowledge in a professionally responsible manner, * communicate effectively with other engineers and the wider community using a wide range of communication technologies, * work professionally as an individual and in a team, * develop engineering solutions appropriate to the social, political, 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 areas of biomedical and electronic systems engineering, * contribute successfully to project management, and, * undertake an independent research project competently.
  • Entry requirements
    Prerequisites: Mathematical Methods or Mathematical Studies(SACE Stage 2 or equivalent).Knowledge of SACE Stage 2 Physics is assumed. You can qualify for undergraduate courses through: * year 12 qualifications * mature age entry (STAT) * TAFE/VET qualifications * higher education transfers. Flinders also offers a range of special access schemes.International StudentsPrerequisites: Mathematical Methods or Mathematical Studies(SACE Stage 2 equivalent).Knowledge of SACE Stage 2 Physics is assumed.English language requirements
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical) / Master of Engineering (Biomedical)
  • Course description
    The Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical) / Master of Engineering is a double degree combination that allows high achieving students to undertake a 5 year course of study in biomedical engineering.

    In addition to equiping students with the skills to investigate, plan, design, manufacture and maintain systems and equipment that are used in all aspects of health care, it includes further medical topics and advanced topics in biomedical engineering.

    You will gain a solid education in both Engineering and Medical Science. Throughout the course, there is a strong emphasis on practical skills and teamwork.

    We have developed close relationships with a number of private sector and government organisations and all students undertake Flinders' nationally recognised 20 week industry placement.

    What is Biomedical Engineering?

    Biomedical engineering involves using electronics and computer systems to improve health care and health services to enhance the quality of human life.
    Why study Biomedical Engineering at Flinders?

        * All our Engineering awards have been designed in close collaboration with industry in order to meet future development needs. Students gain specialist knowledge in key areas and an integrated tool kit of skills that will enable them to meet the technical criteria required by industry and to engage professionally with on-going technical developments.

        * A distinctive feature of our Engineering awards is the nationally recognised industry placement program. More than 100 local, national and international organisations support the program, which provides students with 20 weeks of structured industrial work experience.

        *

          Students complete their final year of study having already gained a first-hand understanding of the role of the graduate engineer. They graduate with a proven on-the-job performance and many go on to work full-time with the company that provided their placement, or with another in the same industry.
        *

          The first year of this award is similar to the first year of our other Engineering awards allowing students to transfer between awards with minimal loss of time. For students without the necessary prerequisites, the Bachelor of Engineering Science award provides a pathway into this award.

        * Our research has an interdisciplinary nature, and we enjoy close collaborations with local hospitals, particularly the Flinders Medical Centre, a large teaching hospital with an internationally-respected medical school, which is situated on the same campus. These collaborations provide the foundation for success of many of our research projects.

        * We have an international reputation for our teaching, student support programs/services and research.

    Professional recognition
    This is a new course. It is expected that itwill meet the requirements for accreditation by Engineers Australia and be recognised internationally.
    Career opportunities

    What can I do with my Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical) degree?
    Study a language

    Flinders also offers all students the opportunity to major in a language in conjunction with any undergraduate course. The Diploma in Language is designed to provide students with competence in a chosen language that adds greater portability to their qualifications. You will complete a total of one extra year of study and graduate with both your chosen degree and the Diploma in Language. You can apply for this at time of enrolment.

    The double degree program Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical)/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.

    PROGRAM OF STUDY  [November, 2008]

    To qualify for the combined degrees Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical)/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.

    Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.

    Students who have successfully completed the first three levels of the program may exit with the Bachelor of Engineering Science.

    A student who completes 108 units with a GPA of less than 5 will not be permitted to continue in this combined award. Such a student will be permitted to transfer to the ordinary Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical) award.

    Students who complete the fifth year with a credit average or higher will be awarded the Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical) with Honours/Master of Engineering (Biomedical).

    First Year
    36 units comprising:

    Semester 1

    CHEM1101
        

    Chemistry 1A #
        

    4.5

    ENGR1201
        

    Digital Electronics 1
        

    4.5

    ENGR1401
        

    Professional Skills for Engineers
        

    4.5

    MATH1121
        

    Mathematics 1A *
        

    4.5

    Semester 2

    BIOL1101
        

    Evolution of Biological Diversity
        

    4.5

    COMP1102
        

    Computer Programming 1
        

    4.5

    ENGR1202
        

    Analog Electronics 1
        

    4.5

    MATH1122
        

    Mathematics 1B *
        

    4.5

    * Students who have achieved a mark of at least 18 in SACE Stage 2 Specialist Mathematics, or at least 6 in International Baccalaureate Mathematics HL, have the option of doing the corresponding topics MATH1141 Advanced Mathematics 1A (instead of MATH1121) and MATH1142 Advanced Mathematics 1B (instead of MATH1122).

    # Students who have not completed Year 12 SACE Chemistry may take the alternative topic CHEM1201 Introductory Chemistry 1A. Taking this topic may limit selective choices at upper level.

    Second Year

    36 units comprising:

    Semester 1

    ENGR2131A
        

    Computer Organisation A
        

    3

    ENGR2171
        

    Microprocessors
        

    3

    ENGR2181
        

    Engineering Programming
        

    3

    ENGR2211
        

    Electronic Circuits
        

    3

    ENGR2301B
        

    Mechanics and Structures B
        

    3

    MMED2927
        

    Human Physiology 2A
        

    3

    Semester 2

    ENGR2112
        

    Signals and Systems
        

    6

    ENGR2202
        

    Analog Electronics 2
        

    6

    ENGR3123
        

    Biomechanics
        

    3

    ENGR3128
        

    Biomedical Instrumentation 2
        

    3

    Third Year
    36 units comprising:

    Semester 1

    ENGR3126
        

    Biomedical Instrumentation 1
        

    3

    ENGR3401
        

    Signal Processing
        

    6

    MMED2929
        

    Neural Circuits
        

    3

        

    Plus 6 units of Biomedical Selectives, or upper level COMP, ENGR, MATH or STAT topics from the lists below
        

    6

    Semester 2

    ENGR2102
        

    Fundamentals of Robotics
        

    3

    MMED2928
        

    Human Physiology 2B
        

    3

    MMED2930
        

    Plasticity of the Nervous System
        

    3

        

    Plus 9 units of Biomedical Selectives, or upper level COMP, ENGR, MATH or STAT topics from the lists below
        

    9

    Fourth Year
    36 units comprising:

    Semester 1

    ENGR3131
        

    Communication Systems 3
        

    3

    ENGR3504
        

    Control Systems Theory
        

    3

    ENGR3508
        

    Engineering Project Management
        

    6

    MMED3918
        

    Body Systems A
        

    6

    Fourth Year

    36 units comprising:

    Semester 2

    ENGR3402
        

    Engineering Practicum **
        

    12

    ENGR3509
        

    Professional Engineering Practice **
        

    6

    ** With the permission of the Course Coordinator, students may instead undertake ENGR3403 Engineering Work Experience (0 units - may be done any time, typically over the summer) and 18 units of upper-level selectives from COMP, ENGR, MATH and STAT topics.

    Fifth Year

    36 units comprising:

    ENGR9000
        

    Research Methods for Engineering
        

    3

    ENGR9001
        

    Engineering Masters Project §
        

    18

        

    Plus 6 units of Biomedical Selectives
        

    6

        

    Plus 3 units of Management Selectives
        

    3

        

    Upper level COMP, ENGR, MATH or STAT topics from the lists below
        

    6

    § Students may also elect to do this topic over a year by enrolling in the topic ENGR9001A Engineering Masters Project (9/18 units) in two consecutive semesters.

    BIOMEDICAL SELECTIVES
    ENGR2311
        

    Fluid and Energy Engineering
        

    6

    MMED2930
        

    Plasticity of the Nervous System
        

    3

    MMED3923
        

    Sensory and Motor Systems
        

    3

    MMED3924
        

    Integrative and Higher Brain Function
        

    3

    ENGR8102
        

    Biomaterials GE
        

    6

    ENGR8122
        

    Rehabilitation Engineering GE
        

    6

    ENGR8565
        

    Digital Image Processing GE
        

    3

    ENGR9101
        

    Advanced Biomedical Engineering
        

    3

    MANAGEMENT SELECTIVES

    BUSN2006
        

    Enterprise Management
        

    6

    BUSN2015
        

    Marketing Management
        

    6

    BUSN2016
        

    Science-Based Enterprises
        

    3

    BUSN3006
        

    Electronic Commerce
        

    6

    BUSN3017
        

    Leadership in Business and Society
        

    6

    MATH4301
        

    Management Mathematics
        

    3

    EEET4052
        

    Principles of System Engineering ^
        

    (4.5)

    ^ Enrolment in these topics is via cross-institutional enrolment at the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia.

    Upper Level Selectives from COMP, ENGR, MATH and STAT topics: to be confirmed.
    Contact the School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics for further information.

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