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Graduate Certificate in Engineering (Biomedical)

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  • Objectives
    The primary aim of this course is to provide advanced studies to students with a degree in electronics engineering that has not included studies in Biomedical Engineering who would like to broaden their professional expertise or to specialise in that area. Learning outcomes The expected learning outcomes for the degree include: * knowledge of the core Engineering aspects of Biomedical Engineering; * an advanced level of knowledge of the application of Electronic engineering in the area of Biomedical applications; and * an appreciation of the requirements and issues involved in Biomedical applications.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants normally must hold an approved undergraduate Engineering degree with appropriate electronic content, or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution. Some basic knowledge of biology and chemistry will be assumed. An applicant who has not previously studied electronics may be required to undertake appropriate bridging studies prior to being admitted to the course. The Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature. The Graduate Certificate in Engineering (Biomedical) is not available to graduates of the Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical), Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical and Electronic), the Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical), or of equivalent undergraduate courses from other tertiary institutions. Graduates of these or similar degrees may apply for admission to the Master of Engineering (Biomedical).
  • Academic Title
    Graduate Certificate in Engineering (Biomedical)
  • Course description
    Graduates with expertise in electronic engineering who would like to introduce biomedical skills into their professional expertise could consider the Graduate Certificate in Engineering (Biomedical). Those who complete this course will have a high knowledge of the engineering and biomedical principles underlying the application of biomedical engineering. They will have the capacity to develop applications and a range of technical skills for using applications. Skills in communication, problem solving and critical thinking are also a focus of the course.

    The Graduate Diploma extends those studies to further professional knowledge and skills in the research and development of biomedical engineering. The Masters will extend students still further to a significant and substantial advanced knowledge of and skill in the field of biomedical engineering. Masters students undertake research and development by selecting appropriate methodology, analysing and reviewing research literature, and completing an advanced development or similar research-oriented project.

    You will be put to work on real projects that are trying to solve real problems in an area of your choosing. Current research projects are: designing and building a device that measures the stiffness of cartilage; accessing information that would not be otherwise available from organs; and assessing the effects of hip joint replacements on walking and other parts of the body. A new surgery screwdriver has in-built intelligence so it can assess the type of bone it is screwing through and adjust accordingly. Some wireless applications help both the aged and the disabled to stay in their houses longer.

    Honours students in engineering have had much success both in prizes awarded and in having their products commercialised. We encourage international students to bring ideas for Masters projects from their own country. The courses articulate and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the three awards. Candidates who have completed the Graduate Certificate are awarded credit towards the Graduate Diploma. Candidates who have completed the Graduate Diploma are awarded credit towards the Masters.

    The Graduate Certificate in Engineering (Biomedical) is an 18-unit program offered by the School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics, within the Faculty of Science and Engineering on a Commonwealth Supported basis.

    The course articulates with the Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Biomedical) and the Master of Engineering (Biomedical), and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the three awards.

    PROGRAM OF STUDY  [November, 2008]

    To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Engineering (Biomedical), a student must complete 18 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.

    18 units comprising:

    Semester 2


    Biomechanics GE *



    Biomaterials GE *



    Introduction to Biomedical Engineering GE


    * A student will not normally be permitted to enrol in the postgraduate topic if they have passed the related undergraduate topic.

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