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C09074v2 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Bachelor of Medical Science

Award(s): Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in (name of Engineering major) (BE(Hons))
Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc)

UAC code: 609370 (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 084095D
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 246
Course EFTSL: 5.125
Location: City campus

Overview
Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Assumed knowledge
Credit recognition
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Levels of award
Honours
Transfer between UTS courses
Professional recognition
Other information

Overview

This combined degree is designed to provide opportunities for students interested in medical science, the scientific basis of engineering and technology, and the technology itself.

There is a strong interrelation between the progress of engineering and developments in science, and a demonstrated need for professionals with a strong understanding and experience in both areas.

A strong professional focus ensures graduates of this course learn the skills employers want with a solid link between theory and practice and the benefits of hands-on experience.

This combined degree can be completed in less time than would be required to complete the two degrees separately.

Course aims

This course aims to produce graduates with professional qualifications in medical science and engineering who are well prepared to pursue a career in either field, or one that combines the skills of both.

Career options

Career options include positions in biotechnology, communications, construction, energy and resource exploration and development, environmental protection and management, materials technology, mathematical modelling, medical technology and instrumentation, molecular biology, nanotechnology and transportation.

Course intended learning outcomes

A.0 Engineering and IT take place within the larger context of society and the environment, which encompasses social, economic and sustainability needs.
A.1 Identify, interpret and analyse stakeholder needs.
A.2 Establish priorities and goals
A.3 Identify constraints, uncertainties and risk of the system (social, cultural, legislative, environmental, business etc.)
A.4 Apply principles of sustainability to create viable systems
A.5 Apply systems thinking to understand complex system behavior including interactions between components and with other systems (social, cultural, legislative, environmental, business etc.)
B.0 Engineering and IT practice focuses on problem-solving and design where artifacts are conceived, created, used, modified, maintained and retired.
B.1 Identify and apply relevant problem solving methodologies
B.2 Design components, systems and/ or processes to meet required specification
B.3 Synthesise alternative/innovative solutions, concepts and procedures
B.4 Apply decision-making methodologies to evaluate solutions for efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability
B.5 Implement and test solution
B.6 Demonstrate research skills
C.0 Abstraction, modelling, simulation and visualization inform decision-making, and are underpinned by mathematics, as well as basic and discipline sciences.
C.1 Apply abstraction, mathematics and/or discipline fundamentals to analysis, design and operation
C.2 Develop models using appropriate tools such as computer software, laboratory equipment and other devices
C.3 Evaluate model applicability, accuracy and limitations
D.0 Graduates must have capabilities for self-organisation, self-review, personal development and lifelong learning.
D.1 Manage own time and processes effectively by prioritising competing demands to achieve personal goals (Manage self)
D.2 Reflect on personal and professional experiences to engage in independent development beyond formal education for lifelong learning
E.0 Engineering and IT practice involves the coordination of a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary activities to arrive at problem and design solutions.
E.1 Communicate effectively in ways appropriate to the discipline, audience and purpose.
E.2 Work as an effective member or leader of diverse teams within a multi-level, multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural setting
E.3 Identify and apply relevant project management mothodologies
F.0 Graduates must possess skills, knowledge and behaviours to operate effectively in culturally-diverse workplaces and a chnaging global environment.
F.1 Be able to conduct critical self-review and performance evaluation agiainst appropriate criteria as a primary means of tracking personal development needs and achievements
F.2 Appreciate ethical implications of professional practice
F.3 Understand cross-cultural issues (regions or workplaces)
F.4 Be aware of global perspectives (needs, rules/regulations, and specifications)
SCI.1.0 An understanding of the nature, practice and application of the chosen science discipline.
SCI.1.1 Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of how the body works at the cellular and organ system level
SCI.1.2 Understand how disease can arise and disrupt normal physiological function
SCI.1.3 Gain specialist knowledge and skills in the laboratory diagnosis of disease
SCI.1.4 Conduct research on the causes of disease, or the prevention and treatment of disease.
SCI.1.5 Understand experimental design and data analysis techniques using environmental models.
SCI.1.6 Develop knowledge in specialist strands such as diagnostic pathology, biochemistry, haematology, microbiology and parasitology, transfusion science and blood banking, anatomical pathology, immunology and molecular biology.
SCI.1.7 Develop hands-on laboratory skills using modern equipment and IT facilities.
SCI.2.0 Encompasses problem solving, critical thinking and analysis attributes and an understanding of the scientific method knowledge acquisition.
SCI.2.1 Gather data and evidence to support or refute an idea or contention.
SCI.2.2 Conduct environmental study using sampling and statistical methods, and statistically analyse data.
SCI.2.3 Demonstrate analytical thinking when planning experiments and testing hypotheses.
SCI.2.4 Identify, scope and investigate problems and make logical deductions from the evidence.
SCI.2.5 Foster curiosity and inquisitiveness for experimentation by solving problems and case scenarios.
SCI.2.6 Become adept at data collection, and literature and database searches.
SCI.2.7 Work on a tailored project under supervision to hone and practise inquiry and analysis skills.
SCI.2.8 Work independently or as part of multi-disciplinary teams.
SCI.3.0 The ability to acquire, develop, employ and integrate a range of technical, practical and professional skills, in appropriate and ethical ways within a professional context, autonomously and collaboratively and across a range of disciplinary and professional areas, e.g. time management skills, personal organisation skills, teamwork skills, computing skills, laboratory skills, data handling, quantitative and graphical literacy skills.
SCI.3.1 Operate with knowledge, rigour and objectivity in an ethical, cooperative and honest fashion to creatively and methodically address biomedical questions.
SCI.3.2 Build networks through interacting with external experts in the mid and later parts of the course and identify career opportunities.
SCI.3.3 Work in laboratories and other external organisations by doing work experience or research placements.
SCI.3.4 Develop the ability to perform the duties of one's profession to an acceptable quality, including the development of up-to-date technical skills.
SCI.4.0 The capacity to engage in reflection and learning beyond formal educational contexts that is based on the ability to make effective judgments about one's own work. The capacity to learn in and from new disciplines to enhance the application of scientific knowledge and skills in professional contexts.
SCI.4.1 Become a lifelong learner and acquire the tools and aptitudes that allow you to adapt to change.
SCI.4.2 Interrogate a variety of different databases and information sources.
SCI.5.0 An awareness of the role of science within a global culture and willingness to contribute actively to the shaping of community views on complex issues where the methods and findings of science are relevant.
SCI.5.1 Develop professional skills for laboratory diagnosis, public health, education, medicine, etc.
SCI.5.2 Participate in community dialogues on health and scientific issues.
SCI.6.0 An understanding of the different forms of communication - writing, reading, speaking, listening - including visual and graphical, within science and beyond and the ability to apply these appropriately and effectively for different audiences.
SCI.6.1 Write and speak knowledgeably on biomedical science in both lay and professional settings.
SCI.6.2 Develop confidence and skills in communicating biomedical science, to a variety of audiences, including graphical literacy and report writing.
SCI.6.3 Develop skills in oral presentations and active listening.
SCI.6.4 Participate in debates and workshops to build confidence and self-assuredness.
SCI.7.0 An ability to think and work creatively, including the capacity for self-starting, and the ability to apply science skills to unfamiliar applications.
SCI.7.1 Identify opportunities in the rapidly-evolving biomedical sciences sector.
SCI.7.2 Show initiative and creativity, both theoretical and practical, in designing experiments or lab protocols.
SCI.7.3 Volunteer for opportunities to do work experience or research mini-projects.
SCI.7.4 Demonstrate creative and lateral thinking.

Key

SCI = Science course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

There is provision for students already enrolled in a Bachelor of Medical Science or a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree to transfer to this combined degree program. The eligibility criteria used to assess transfer applications are in line with those used by the Universities Admissions Centre to assess non-current school leaver applicants.

Current school leavers are advised to submit a Year 12 Engineering Questionnaire to UTS.

Non-current school leavers are advised to complete the employment question on their UAC application as bonus points may be awarded on the basis of relevant work experience.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Assumed knowledge

HSC Mathematics Extension 1; Physics; and English Standard.

English Advanced is recommended.

Credit recognition

Students who have previously undertaken study at a university or other recognised tertiary education institution may be eligible for some academic credit recognition for their prior study if the subjects previously completed are deemed by the faculty to be equivalent to subjects in the course.

The prior study must have been completed before commencement of this course, but no earlier than 10 years before commencement. Students must be able to demonstrate that their knowledge is current.

Course duration and attendance

This course is offered over five years full time, 10 years part time, or six years full time with honours.

Full-time attendance involves approximately 24 hours each week at the University, which allows a full stage of the course to be completed in one session. Part-time attendance involves approximately 12 hours each week at the University, which allows a full stage to be completed in one year. It is expected that employers will release part-time students for at least one half-day a week for attendance at classes.

Course structure

The program comprises a total of 246 credit points, made up of 168 credit points relating to the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and 78 credit points relating to the Bachelor of Medical Science.

The engineering component of this course is made up of subjects selected from the engineering core, the engineering fields of practice (majors) and the professional engineering practice.

The medical science component represents a specific medical science strand.

Graduation from the medical science component of the combined degree is not possible prior to completion of all components of the combined degree. Students wishing to graduate with a Bachelor of Medical Science prior to completion of the engineering component of the combined degree must apply for transfer to the Bachelor of Medical Science (C10184) single degree program where they must complete all requirements for the stand-alone single degree version.

Similarly, if a student wishes to graduate from the engineering component of the combined degree prior to completion of the science component they must apply for transfer to the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (C09066) single degree program where they must complete all requirements for the stand-alone single degree version, including the Engineering Work Experience subject.

Further, students wishing to graduate from the engineering component of the combined degree prior to completion of the medical science component must have completed at least 60 credit points of the medical science major (STM90348).

Industrial training/professional practice

Students are required to undertake a minimum of 12 weeks of engineering work experience.

A Diploma in Professional Engineering Practice is also available. The Diploma in Professional Engineering Practice requires the additional completion of two six-month internships and the professional engineering practice program.

Course completion requirements

STM90106 Core subjects 48cp
CBK90176 Major choice (Engineering) 114cp
STM90348 Core subjects (Medical Science) 78cp
STM90994 Professional Engineering Practice stream 6cp
Total 246cp

Course program

The example program below is for a full-time, Autumn-commencing student with electrical engineering as their chosen engineering major.

Levels of award

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) may be awarded with first or second class honours, which does not require an additional honours year.

Honours

An honours program in medical science (C09031) is available, which involves an extra year of full-time study. The honours program is designed to introduce students to more advanced coursework and to research work in medical sciences. It allows selected students to continue with postgraduate studies if desired and enhances their employment prospects.

Transfer between UTS courses

Students in this combined degree may transfer to the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Diploma in Professional Engineering Practice (C09067). International students may transfer to the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (C09066).

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is accredited by Engineers Australia at the Graduate Professional Engineer level. Under the Washington Accord the degree is internationally recognised by the following countries: Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong China, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Depending on the discipline chosen, students may also be eligible for entry to other relevant professional associations.

Other information

Students enrolled in UTS: Engineering degrees (undergraduate and postgraduate coursework) are advised to direct all their course-related inquiries to:

Building 10 Student Centre
Building 10, level 2, foyer (Jones St entrance)
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887) or +61 2 9514 1222
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