Double Major Overview

Description

Biomedical Engineering is the broad application of engineering principles and design concepts to medicine and the life sciences. It involves combining relevant foundation knowledge from traditional disciplines such as mechanical, electrical, chemical and materials engineering, for the design of biomedical devices and systems; typically towards improving health outcomes. Biomedical Engineering is one of the fastest growing disciplines in engineering and this is anticipated to continue. Biomedical Engineering at UWA prepares you to work in a diverse range of careers, including as a clinical or rehabilitation engineer in a hospital, as a product or design engineer in both established and emerging MedTech companies and/or as a researcher working on cutting-edge technologies. In addition, you will develop the relevant skills to work in health technology roles in a range of areas, including in regulatory agencies, patent attorneys and product development companies.

The Biomedical Engineering major covers the main areas of the discipline. The course has a strong focus on research and design, and emphasises the necessary skills and ways of thinking to lead future change in this exciting field. Furthermore, you will be exposed to several related disciplines that converge with Biomedical Engineering and will develop the necessary communication skills required to work effectively as a professional Biomedical Engineer either leading or embedded within interdisciplinary teams.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) demonstrate a strong foundation in biomedical engineering; (2) solve technical problems relevant to the broad field of biomedical engineering; (3) design medical devices that are safe to operate and comply with the regulatory framework in which biomedical engineering is practised; (4) demonstrate ethical and professional conduct and high level communication skills in their work and when dealing with others; and (5) extend personal and collective knowledge in biomedical engineering through research and innovation.

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and shape your degree in line with your personal aspirations. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Engineering are encouraged to take units or a minor from outside of engineering, to satisfy broadening. However, you may also select engineering units that are not listed in the unit sequence of your engineering major. Advice can be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

Incompatibilities

MJD-ENGSC Engineering Science

Courses

Biomedical Engineering can only be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

*Students enrolling in this as part of a combined course must use the code MJDC-EBMEG when selecting this as their extended major.

Example Study Plan

See study plans for more information.

Units

Key to availability of units:
S1
Semester 1
S2
Semester 2
N/A
not available in 2023 – may be available in 2024 or 2025
NS
non-standard teaching period

The list below includes the Bachelor of Engineering foundation units as well as the Biomedical Engineering major units.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units

Take all units (48 points):

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python
Prerequisites
Mathematics Applications ATAR
or MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals or equivalent
Incompatibility
CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation
S2 ENSC1004 Engineering Materials
Prerequisites
(Chemistry ATAR or CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry) and (Mathematics Methods ATAR or MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods) and (Physics ATAR or PHYS1030 Bridging Physics), or equivalent or higher
Incompatibility
ENSC1002 Material Behaviour from Atoms to Bridges
NS GENG1000 Engineering Practice 1
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
S1, S2 GENG1010 Introduction to Engineering
Incompatibility
ENSC1003 Introduction to Professional Engineering
S2 GENG1101 Engineering Drawings
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
S1 IMED1001 Form and Function
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
MJD-MEDSC Medical Sciences
or MJD-IMSCP Integrated Medical Sciences and Clinical Practice
or MJD-VISSC Vision Science
or MJD-ENGSC Engineering Science (specialisation in Biomedical Engineering)
or MJD-EBMEG Biomedical Engineering
or MJD-PHMSC Podiatric Health and Medical Sciences
S1, S2 MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
Prerequisites
Mathematics Specialist ATAR
or MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist or equivalent
S1, S2 MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
Prerequisites
Mathematics Specialist ATAR
or MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist or equivalent
S1, S2 PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers
Prerequisites
Physics ATAR
or PHYS1030 Physics Bridging Unit
and
Mathematics Methods ATAR
or MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods
Co-requisites
MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist
Incompatibility
PHYS1100 Classical and Frontier Physics
Bridging units

Students can only take up to 12 points of bridging in the BE.

Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics Specialist ATAR or equivalent are required to complete MATH1722. Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Physics ATAR or equivalent are required to complete PHYS1030. Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Chemistry ATAR or equivalent are required to complete CHEM1003.

Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics Specialist ATAR or equivalent are required to complete MATH1722. Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Physics ATAR or equivalent are required to complete PHYS1030. Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in Chemistry ATAR or equivalent are required to complete CHEM1003.

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry
Incompatibility
ATAR Subject(s) Chemistry or equivalent
S1, S2 MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist
Prerequisites
Mathematics Methods ATAR
or MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods
or
Mathematics Specialist ATAR [with a scaled score of less than 50] or equivalent
Incompatibility
Mathematics Specialist ATAR [with a scaled score of 50 or greater] or Equivalent or higher
S1, S2 PHYS1030 Physics Bridging Unit
Prerequisites
Mathematics Methods ATAR
or MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods
or
Mathematics Specialist ATAR
or MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist
Incompatibility
a scaled score greater than
or equal to 50 per cent in Physics ATAR or equivalent
or PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers
or PHYS1002 Modern Physics
or PHYS1100 Classical and Frontier Physics
or PHYS1200 Modern and Frontier Physics

Level 2

Degree-specific major units

Take all units (42 points):

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 CITS2200 Data Structures and Algorithms
Prerequisites
CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java and
Mathematics Methods ATAR
or MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods or equivalent
S1, S2 ENSC2003 Engineering Electrical Fundamentals
Prerequisites
Physics ATAR
or PHYS1030 Physics Bridging Unit
and MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
Co-requisites
MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
S1, S2 ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics
Prerequisites
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus and (Physics ATAR
or PHYS1030 Bridging Physics)
Incompatibility
ENSC2001 Motion
and ENSC1002 Material Behaviour from Atoms to Bridges
NS GENG2000 Engineering Practice 2
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and GENG1000 Engineering Practice 1
S1 GENG2003 Fluid Mechanics
Prerequisites
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
and PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers
and Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
Incompatibility
ENSC3003 Fluid Mechanics
S1 GENG2004 Solid Mechanics
Prerequisites
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
and ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics
Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
Incompatibility
ENSC3004 Solid Mechanics
S1 MECH2002 Engineering Materials 2
Prerequisites
ENSC1004 Engineering Materials
and Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
S2 PHYL2002 Physiology of Cells None

Level 3

Degree-specific major units

Take all units (30 points):

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 BMEG3001 Engineering and the Human Body
Prerequisites
ENSC1004 Engineering Materials (ID 7435)
and ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics (ID 7437)
and PHYL2002 Physiology of Cells (ID 161)
and Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
Incompatibility
ENSC3023 Biomedical Engineering (ID 6293)
S1 BMEG3002 Biomaterials
Prerequisites
MECH2002 Engineering Materials 2 (ID 8063)
and Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
Incompatibility
BMEG4002 Biomaterials (ID 6298)
S2 ELEC3020 Embedded Systems
Prerequisites
GENG2000 Engineering Practice 2 and
CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java
or CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python
or CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation (ID 343)
and Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
Incompatibility
ELEC4403 Digital and Embedded Systems
S1 ELEC3021 Circuits and Electronics
Prerequisites
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
and ENSC2003 Engineering Electrical Fundamentals
and Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
Incompatibility
ENSC3021 Circuits and Electronics
NS GENG3000 Engineering Practice 3
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and GENG2000 Engineering Practice 2
S2 MECH3424 Measurement and Instrumentation
Prerequisites
GENG2000 Engineering Practice 2
and CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation (ID 343)
and ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics (ID 7437)
and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods (ID 6013)
and Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
Incompatibility
MECH4424 Measurement and Noise (ID 2625)

Level 4

Degree-specific major units

Take all units (48 points):

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 BMEG4001 Biomedical Instrumentation
Prerequisites
Enrolment in 62550 Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical Engineering specialisation
or Electrical & Electronic Engineering specialisation
or Mechanical Engineering specialisation)
or
Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and MECH3424 Measurement and Instrumentation
S2 BMEG4003 Biomechanics
Prerequisites
Enrolment in 62550 Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical Engineering specialisation
or Chemical Engineering specialisation
or Mechanical Engineering specialisation)
or
Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and BMEG3001 Engineering and the Human Body
S2 BMEG5001 Advanced Topics in Biomedical Engineering
Prerequisites
Enrolment in 62550 Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical Engineering specialisation)
or
Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and 120 Points
and BMEG3001 Engineering and the Human Body
S1 BMEG5551 Biomedical Engineering Design Project 1
Prerequisites

Enrolment in
62550 Master of Professional Engineering
and 24 points

or Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and GENG3000 Engineering Practice 3
and BMEG3001 Engineering and the Human Body
S2 BMEG5552 Biomedical Engineering Design Project 2
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
62550 Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical Engineering specialisation)
or Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree

and BMEG5551 Biomedical Engineering Design Project 1
N/A GENG4411 Engineering Research Project Part 1
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and Successful completion of
144 Points including level 3 24 points
and GENG3000 Engineering Practice 3
N/A GENG4412 Engineering Research Project Part 2
Prerequisites
GENG4511 Engineering Research Project Part 1 (ID 8024)
and Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
S1, S2 GENG5010 Professional Engineering Portfolio
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and Successful completion of
144 Points

or
Enrolment in
62550 Master of Professional Engineering
and Successful completion of
48 points of level 4/ level 5
Incompatibility
GENG5000 Professional Practicum Report
S1, S2 GENG5505 Project Management and Engineering Practice
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
62550 Master of Professional Engineering
or Enrolment in
62510 Master of Information Technology
or Enrolment in
62530 Master of Data Science
or Enrolment in
62540 Master of Ocean Leadership
or Enrolment in
62560 Master of Renewable and Future Energy
or Enrolment in 62570 Master of Offshore and Coastal Engineering
or
Enrolment in
( Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree

and Successful completion of
120 Points )