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  • Objectives
    The Master of Biomedical Engineering is designed to provide students from engineering and the quantitative science disciplines with a transition pathway to the exciting and growing field of biomedical engineering.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Engineering Science (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Course description
    A three-semester program on a full-time basis comprised of 150 points, consisting of the subjects required for the Master of Biomedical Engineering with the addition of two research subjects and a corresponding reduction in the number of points allocated to elective subjects.

    Core subjects
    (25 points)

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    421-698  Biomedical Engineering
    Definition and scope of biomedical engineering. Brief history of medicine, including human anatomy, physiology, and the rise of modern molecular biology. Description of the development of quantitative methods in biology, and the role of engineering i...     Semester 1     12.50

    421-693  Anatomy & Physiology for Engineers
    This subject introduces engineering students to the microscopic appearance of cells and tissues and the digital imaging techniques used to display them; the appearance of bone and cartilage, as well as the organisation of dense connective tissues; sk...     Semester 2     12.50

    Research subjects
    (62.5 points)

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    421-642  Research Topic
    On conclusion of their project, students should have an appreciation of procedures involved in conducting research and have gained experience in scientific writing, and in poster and oral presentations.The subject includes supervision of project sele...     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    421-644  Research Project
    On conclusion of their project, students should have an appreciation of procedures involved in conducting research and have gained experience in scientific writing and in delivering an oral presentation.The subject includes supervision of methodology...     Semester 1, Semester 2     50

    Elective subjects (62.5 points)
    Taken from the list below or other subjects with the approval of the Course Coordinator

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    411-650  Tissue Engineering and Bionanotechnology     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    421-631  Neuroimaging Methods and Applications
    This subject introduces students to modelling and analysis techniques used in brain imaging research, based on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data. The course will include: introduction to Matlab programming; basic techniques for analysing structur...     Semester 1     12.50

    421-692  Biological Systems Engineering
    This subject will explore the emerging field of systems biology. Topics examined will include: linear algebra, differential equations, optimisation, network reconstruction, control systems, chemical reaction networks. Examples will include systems fr...     Semester 2     12.50

    421-699  Forces, Fields and Flows in Bio Systems
    This subject will explore well-developed engineering models in the context of biological systems. Topics covered include Maxwell's equations, fields and flows in electrolyte media, membrane transport behaviour, the electric double layer, stress ...     Semester 1     12.50

    433-650  Computational Gene Expression
    Topics covered include dynamic programming algorithms; multiple sequence alignment algorithms; hidden Markov models; sequence comparison; data mining for biological data.     Semester 2     12.50

    431-671  Auditory Processing and Hearing Bionics
    This subject introduces students to auditory processing (predominately in humans, but also including automatic speech recognition methods) and the prostheses available for treating auditory impairment (hearing aids and cochlear implants). Topics cove...     Semester 2     12.50

    431-672  Neural Information Processing
    This subject introduces students to the basic mechanisms of information processing in the brain and nervous system, as well as both neural prostheses (that interface the neural system with therapeutic electrical devices) and artificial systems based ...     Semester 1     12.50

    431-673  Clinical Engineering
    This subject introduces students to the special requirements necessary for managing Medical Devices and Clinical/Biotechnological Environments. Topics covered include: detailed analysis of the cardiopulmonary system, including computer-aided modellin...     Semester 2     12.50

    421-615  Neuroimaging Modelling and Analysis     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

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