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Undergraduate Handbook

Computer Eng/Biomed Eng - 3728

Program Summary

Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Undergraduate
Typical Duration: 5 Years
Typical UOC Per Semester: 24
Min UOC Per Semester: 3
Max UOC Per Semester: 27
Min UOC For Award: 240
Bachelor of Engineering (Major)
Master of Biomedical Engineering (Major)

Program Description

This concurrent degree program is specifically designed for undergraduate students wishing to pursue a career in Biomedical Engineering. This allows students to enter an integrated program which provides both the prerequisite engineering education and the specialist Biomedical Engineering training. Students are expected to perform at a Credit average (65%) or better in their first three years to be permitted to progress to the Masters component of a concurrent degree program. Students who at the end of Year 3, do not satisfy the requirements for progression to the Masters component may complete the Bachelor of Engineering. At the completion of the Bachelor of Engineering, students may enrol in the Graduate Diploma in Biomedical Engineering with advanced standing for the (postgraduate) biomedical courses previously completed. Students may elect at any time to revert to the BE program. If, once entering a concurrent degree program, students wish to revert to the normal BE programs they will need to satisfy the requirements for the BE as set out in the relevant sections of the Handbook. Since the concurrent degree program introduces courses additional to those in the BE, the student reverting to the normal BE program may require up to an additional year to achieve a BE after completing years 3 or 4 of the concurrent degree program.

Program Objectives and Learning Outcomes

Program Structure

  • The first program structure listed is the new flexible structure for students who commenced in 2006.
  • The program structure for students who enrolled prior to 2006 is listed after the 1st and 2nd year of the flexible structure.

Year 1 (Flexible commenced 2006)
Semester 1
And ONE of:
And ONE of:

Semester 2
And ONE of:
And ONE of:
Students who have already completed 12uoc of First Year Electives or are within the Flexible First Year Program will not be affected by this change.
  1. Not all courses are offered in both sessions but students should complete 24 UOC in each session.

Year 2
Semester 1

Semester 2

Year 3
Semester 1
PLUS Breadth Elective (6uoc)

Semester 2
PLUS either PHPH2221 or BIOM9XXX (6uoc)
PLUS Breadth Elective (6uoc)

Year 4
Semester 1
PLUS Breadth Electives (6uoc)
PLUS Breadth/Coverage Elective (6uoc)

Semester 2
PLUS Depth Elective (12uoc)

Year 5
Semester 1
PLUS BIOM9XXX Postgraduate elective (6uoc)
PLUS Depth Elective (6uoc)
PLUS General Education (6uoc)

Semester 2
PLUS BIOM9914 or BIOM9XXX electives (12uoc)


Year 3
And ONE of:
And ONE of:
Plus Biomedical Engineering elective (6 UOC)

Plus Computer Elective (6 UOC)

Year 4
Plus Biomedical Engineering elective (6 UOC)

Plus Computer Elective (6 UOC)

Plus Computer or Biomedical Engineering Elective (6 UOC)

Year 5
And ONE of the following options:
or 2 Biomedical Engineering electives totalling 12 UOC

Plus Biomedical Engineering electives (12 UOC)

Preferred Biomedical Engineering Electives

Other Biomedical Engineering Electives

General Education Requirements

UNSW wants all students to develop skills in a broad range of areas, not just in their specific study discipline, and so students in all degrees are required to undertake a number of general studies courses outside their discipline.

It may not be possible for Computer Science students to enrol in general education courses that are similar in content to the courses offered in the Computer Science degree. For a comprehensive list, see:


Honours will be awarded to students who have achieved superior grades in BE courses including the successful completion of a thesis at sufficient standard. Weighted average marks required for Honours grades are given below: The School of Computer Science and Engineering uses an internal method for calculating this average, the information provided by New South Student is not used for this purpose.

Honours Class 1: WA greater than or equal to 75

Honours Class 2: Division 1: WA equal to 70 up to and including 74

Divison 2: WA equal to 65 up to and including 69

Academic Rules

Bachelor of Engineering Program Rules

1. The Bachelor of Engineering is awarded following the completion of a minimum of 192 units of credit.

2. The specific requirements for the Bachelor of Engineering in the various disciplines are set out in the relevant sections in this Handbook.

3. The degree may be awarded with Honours, based upon the overall performance in the program and in accordance with Faculty and School policies. Honours are awarded in the following classes - Class 1, Class 2 Division 1, Class 2 Division 2.

4. The standard duration of the program is four years, or eight sessions, of full-time study each comprising 24 units of credit. Students may undertake the program over a longer period on the basis of part-time study.

5. Each student is required to complete a minimum of 60 days of approved experience in industry prior to graduation.

6. General Education electives may only be attempted after the student has attempted at least 24 units of credit.


For information regarding fees for UNSW programs, please refer to the following website:

Industrial Training

At least 60 days of approved industrial training must be completed before graduation. Industrial Training should be concurrent with enrolment and is best accumulated in the summer recesses at the end of years 2 and 3, but must be completed by the end of year 4

Further Information

Some courses listed here also offer advanced versions.

Computing Requirements
Information regarding recommended computing equipment and software for the program is available from the School of Computer Science and Engineering Help Desk.

Professional recognition

Engineers Australia

The professional body for engineering in Australia is Engineers Australia, which has as its first objective the promotion of the science and practice of engineering in all its branches.

Engineers Australia has its national headquarters in Canberra and functions through a series of divisions, the local one being the Sydney Division. Within each division are branches representing the main interests within the profession, e.g. civil, mechanical, electrical, engineering management and environmental engineering.

Students of an approved school of engineering may join the Institution as a student member (StudIEAust). Student members receive the monthly publication Engineers Australia and for a small fee they also receive The Transactions which contains articles on a particular branch of engineering.

Student members are invited to participate in the Excellence Award for Work Experience, the National Young Engineer of the Year Award and to avail themselves of other Engineers Australia services including the Mentor Scheme and industrial experience guidance.

For more information and membership application forms, contact Engineers Australia, Sydney Division, Level 3, 8 Thomas Street, CHATSWOOD NSW 2067 - telephone 02 9410 5600

The Australian Computing Society

The peak professional body for computing in Australia is the Australian Computing Society (ACS) -

The objectives of the ACS can be found here and include: "advanc[ing] professional excellence in information and communications technology, and further[ing] the study, science and application of information and communications technology."

Again, students who want to join ACS should go to Member Application

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