University of Technology Sydney

C09074v5 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
Innovation and Transdisciplinary program
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Inherent (essential) requirements
Assumed knowledge
Recognition of prior learning
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Rules and regulations
Levels of award
Honours
Transfer between UTS courses
Professional recognition
Other information

Overview

Engineers and Medical Scientists are the leaders of developing, engineering, and implementing solutions to health and medical problems having an impact globally on the health of society. 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. Engineers with Medical Scientist training have careers that are dynamic and involve an exciting range of professions from research and development, writing and implementing policy and practice in the medical and health sciences, to working in industry, government, and the innovation sector. This course allows choice or majors within both the Medical Scientist and Engineering programs, so students can specialise to their interests.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program has a core taken by all engineering students which provides the foundation knowledge and skills required of every engineer. Students choose a major which is where they develop the technical knowledge specific to that field of practice. There is a choice of ten majors including Biomedical, Civil, Data, Electrical, Mechanical, Software, and a Flexible major that can be paired with the choice of major in the Bachelor of Medical Science to create a study trajectory that aligns with the student’s interests and career ambitions.

Medical Scientists at UTS can choose to major in Medical and Health-related Sciences or Pathology, allowing them to have speciality relevant to their career choices and interests. In the Medical and Health-related Science major students learn the body through the study of tissues, organs and cellular facets both in health and disease, medical devices, how medicines work, as well as public health policies and clinical trials. In the Pathology major students learn how diseases trigger biochemical or cellular changes in the body and how to best diagnose and treat these diseases. Students learn by applying and investigating scientific approaches in world class laboratories and studios with up-to-date scientific technologies and equipment in line with those used in the industry. This hands-on learning is accompanied by development of professional skills such as communication, problem solving, critical thinking, innovation and team-work to deliver impact across local and global communities.

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. Students explore and investigate the human body's structure, function and disease processes at the cellular and whole organ level. In the engineering program students build strong foundations in engineering theory, technical expertise and knowledge of professional practice. The course provides the knowledge and skills for students to be excellent medical scientists and engineers, who can make a difference to society in a range of careers.

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

There are excellent career options for students who have both degrees as this gives them a unique contribution to add to many professions. Career options include positions in medical engineering, biomedical engineering, industry and government settings, biotechnology, communications, construction, pharmaceutical settings, clinical trial and medical device research and development, materials technology, medical technology and instrumentation, and molecular biology.

Innovation and Transdisciplinary program

Transdisciplinarity and Innovation at UTS

All UTS students have the opportunity to develop distinctive capabilities around transdisciplinary thinking and innovation through the TD School. Transdisciplinary education at UTS brings together great minds from different disciplines to explore ideas that improve the way we live and work in the world. These offerings are unique to UTS and directly translate to many existing and emerging roles and careers.

Diploma in Innovation

The Diploma in Innovation (C20060) teaches innovation, supports personal transformation and provides the hard skills needed to support the inventors and inventions of the future. Students come out of the Diploma in Innovation, with the hard skills to create and support sectoral and societal transformation. Graduates are able to fluently integrate ideas, across professional disciplines and are inventors of the future.

All UTS undergraduate students (with the exception of students concurrently enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation) can apply for the Diploma in Innovation upon admission in their chosen undergraduate degree. It is a complete degree program that runs in parallel to any undergraduate degree. The course is offered on a three-year, part-time basis, with subjects running in 3-week long intensive blocks in July, December and February sessions. More information including a link to apply is available at https://dipinn.uts.edu.au.

Transdisciplinary electives program

Transdisciplinary electives broaden students' horizons and supercharge their problem-solving skills, helping them to learn outside, beyond and across their degrees. Students enrolled in an undergraduate course that includes electives can choose to take a transdisciplinary subject (with the exception of students concurrently enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation). More information about the TD Electives program is available here.

Course intended learning outcomes

FEIT A.1 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) graduates are culturally and historically well informed, able to co-design projects as respectful professionals when working in and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
FEIT B.1 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) graduates identify, engage, interpret and analyse stakeholder needs and cultural perspectives, establish priorities and goals, and identify constraints, uncertainties and risks (social, ethical, cultural, legislative, environmental, economics etc.) to define the system requirements.
FEIT C.1 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) graduates apply research, problem solving, design and decision-making methodologies to develop components, systems and processes to meet specified requirements.
FEIT D.1 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) graduates apply abstraction, mathematics and discipline fundamentals, software, tools and techniques to evaluate, implement and operate systems.
FEIT E.1 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) graduates work as an effective member or leader of diverse teams, communicating effectively and operating within cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural contexts.
FEIT F.1 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) graduates critically self-review their performance to improve themselves and their teams. They take responsibility and accountability for their own life long learning.
SCI. 1.1 Apply: Identify how disease can arise and disrupt normal physiological function.
SCI. 1.2 Analyse: Select and appraise the technology and tools to detect and diagnose diseases.
SCI. 1.3 Synthesise: Combine the principles of precision medicine and human genetics to solving problems and analysing case studies in the medical field.
SCI. 2.1 Apply: Demonstrate experimental design and sampling to design appropriate studies to test hypotheses addressing medical science investigations.
SCI. 2.2 Analyse: Examine and use appropriate scientific tools in the design and execution of medical science research.
SCI. 2.3 Synthesise: Think and work creatively to bring new perspectives and solutions to current and emerging medical science challenges.
SCI. 3.1 Apply: Identify health and medical solutions for local and the global communities.
SCI. 3.2 Analyse: Demonstrate ethical practice in medical science sector.
SCI. 3.3 Synthesise: Work responsibly, safely, and with respect to diversity, within ethical, academic, and regulatory frameworks relevant to medical science.
SCI. 4.1 Apply: Engage in reflective practices as a lifelong learner and incorporate these into everyday practice as a medical scientist.
SCI. 4.2 Analyse: Evaluate and critically appraise current evidence-based literature to determine best practices, and gaps in medical research and knowledge.
SCI. 4.3 Synthesise: Work creatively to translate the results of medical research to improve the clinical care of patients and/or the mechanisms of disease.
SCI. 5.1 Apply: Communicate medical science effectively in a number of multimedia forms to a wide range of audiences.
SCI. 5.2 Analyse: Establish high-quality writing and oral skills to effectively communicate reports and other relevant ideas to a range of audiences.
SCI. 5.3 Synthesise: Practice the requirements for presentation of research data through preparation of oral and written works.
SCI. 6.1 Apply: Identify how diagnostic procedures impact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.
SCI. 6.2 Analyse: Examine the unique health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
SCI. 6.3 Synthesise: Incorporate knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities when engaging as professionals in the health sector, as technicians, practitioners, and colleagues.

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.

Current school leavers are advised to complete the Year 12 Engineering and IT Questionnaire. The questionnaire allows applicants to demonstrate their strong motivation to study engineering or IT at UTS and may assist applicants whose ATAR falls short of the required cut-off by up to three points.

Non-current school leavers are advised to complete the employment question on their UAC application as adjustment factors may be applied 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 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

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.

Inherent (essential) requirements

Inherent (essential) requirements are academic and non-academic requirements that are essential to the successful completion of a course.

Prospective and current students should carefully read the Inherent (Essential) Requirements Statement below and consider whether they might experience challenges in successfully completing this course. This Statement should be read in conjunction with the UTS Student Rules.

Prospective or current student concerned about their ability to meet these requirements should discuss their concerns with the Academic Liaison Officer in their faculty or school and/or UTS Accessibility Service on 9514 1177 or at accessibility@uts.edu.au.

UTS will make reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, professional experiences, course related work experience and other course activities to facilitate maximum participation by students with disabilities, carer responsibilities, and religious or cultural obligations in their courses.

For course specific information see the Faculty of Engineering & Information Technology Inherent (Essential) Requirements Statement.

Assumed knowledge

HSC Mathematics Extension 1; Physics; and English Standard. English Advanced is recommended.

For the civil engineering majors, Chemistry is recommended. For the software engineering major, a sound knowledge of the fundamentals of programming is recommended.

Recognition of prior learning

Students who have previously undertaken relevant study at a recognised tertiary education institution may be eligible for recognition of prior learning (RPL) if the subjects completed are deemed by the faculty to be equivalent to subjects in the course. Study completed more than 10 years prior to the date of admission cannot be recognised. Limits apply to the number of credit points of RPL granted.

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

Students are required to complete 246 credit points, comprising 168 credit points in engineering and 78 credit points in medical science. The engineering component consists of core (48 credit points), major (field of practice) (114 credit points) and professional engineering practice (6 credit points). The medical science component represents a specific medical science strand.

The engineering major is selected at the time of admission; however, it is possible to apply to change major at a later date. Students selecting the flexible major should decide by the end of the first year of full-time study whether to transfer to a designated major or continue with the flexible program.

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 medical 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; it 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
CBK92145 Major choice (Medical Science) 78cp
STM90994 Professional Engineering Practice stream 6cp
Total 246cp

Course program

The sample program below shows a suggested sequence of subjects for the mechatronic engineering major for a full-time student commencing the course in Autumn session. Students in other majors follow a similar sequence. The program is intended as a guide only and does not take into account such factors as recognition of prior learning, changes in attendance mode and subject availability, or satisfactory academic progress. Students should consult the Timetable Planner to confirm the availability of subjects in the current academic year.

List of engineering majors
MAJ03025 Civil Engineering   114cp
MAJ03517 Data Science Engineering   114cp
MAJ03028 Electrical Engineering   114cp
MAJ03525 Electronic Engineering   114cp
MAJ03030 Mechanical Engineering   114cp
MAJ03505 Mechatronic Engineering   114cp
MAJ03522 Software Engineering   114cp
MAJ03541 Flexible Engineering BE (Hons) BBus BSc BAIS   114cp
Medical and Health-related sciences, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
33130 Mathematics 1   6cp
48610 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering   6cp
68037 Physical Modelling   6cp
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
Spring session
33230 Mathematics 2   6cp
48510 Introduction to Electrical and Electronic Engineering   6cp
48230 Introduction to Engineering Projects   6cp
91400 Human Anatomy and Physiology   6cp
Summer session
65212 Chemistry 2   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
41035 Professional Practice Preparation 1   3cp
48520 Electronics and Circuits   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
Spring session
48240 Design and Innovation Fundamentals   6cp
48331 Mechanics of Solids   6cp
91194 Evidence Based Practice in Medical Science   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
48622 Embedded Mechatronics Systems   6cp
91320 Metabolic Biochemistry   6cp
91314 General Microbiology   6cp
Spring session
91148 Human Genetics and Precision Medicine   6cp
91239 Human Pathophysiology   6cp
Summer session
91401 Immunology   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
91707 Pharmacology 1   6cp
Spring session
48260 Engineering Project Management   6cp
41012 Programming for Mechatronic Systems   6cp
41014 Sensors and Control for Mechatronic Systems   6cp
41028 Engineering Work Experience   0cp
91180 Immunology and Human Health   6cp
Year 5
Autumn session
48250 Economics and Finance for Engineering Projects   6cp
41029 Engineering Research Preparation   6cp
48531 Electromechanical Automation   6cp
41055 Professional Experience Review   3cp
Spring session
48270 Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation   6cp
41013 Industrial Robotics   6cp
41030 Engineering Capstone   6cp
91705 Medical Devices and Diagnostics   6cp
Pathology, Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
33130 Mathematics 1   6cp
48610 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering   6cp
68037 Physical Modelling   6cp
65111 Chemistry 1   6cp
Spring session
33230 Mathematics 2   6cp
48510 Introduction to Electrical and Electronic Engineering   6cp
48230 Introduction to Engineering Projects   6cp
91400 Human Anatomy and Physiology   6cp
Summer session
65212 Chemistry 2   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
41035 Professional Practice Preparation 1   3cp
48520 Electronics and Circuits   6cp
91161 Cell Biology and Genetics   6cp
Spring session
48240 Design and Innovation Fundamentals   6cp
48331 Mechanics of Solids   6cp
91132 Molecular Biology   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
48622 Embedded Mechatronics Systems   6cp
91320 Metabolic Biochemistry   6cp
91314 General Microbiology   6cp
Spring session
91178 Applications of Molecular Biology   6cp
91196 Microbiology Diagnosis   6cp
Summer session
91401 Immunology   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
91500 Histology   6cp
Spring session
48260 Engineering Project Management   6cp
41012 Programming for Mechatronic Systems   6cp
41014 Sensors and Control for Mechatronic Systems   6cp
41028 Engineering Work Experience   0cp
91193 Advanced Medical Biochemistry   6cp
Year 5
Autumn session
48250 Economics and Finance for Engineering Projects   6cp
41029 Engineering Research Preparation   6cp
48531 Electromechanical Automation   6cp
41055 Professional Experience Review   3cp
Spring session
48270 Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation   6cp
41013 Industrial Robotics   6cp
41030 Engineering Capstone   6cp
91180 Immunology and Human Health   6cp

Rules and regulations

Commencing students are required to complete the mathematics readiness survey to determine the most appropriate first-year mathematics subject to undertake.

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) or the Bachelor of Medical Science (C10184). 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. The degree is recognised internationally by signatories to the Washington Accord.

Other information

Further information is available from:

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