Biomedical engineering curricula: trends in Australia and abroad

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World Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education, 2012, 10 (1), pp. 23 - 28
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This article provides an analysis of representative biomedical engineering curricula in Australia, the USA and the UK. The research was undertaken as part of an Australian Learning and Teaching Council project on Australian dual degrees. The findings suggest that biomedical engineering offerings in the United States tend to treat biomedical engineering as a separate discipline in itself, with distinct methodological and analytical techniques. Many universities in the United Kingdom offer courses specifically in medical engineering and/or biomedical engineering made up of core engineering subjects together with specialist biomedical engineering subjects or medical engineering subjects. A limited number of Australian universities offer degrees specifically in biomedical engineering. Australian dual degrees tend to offer standard engineering subjects alongside standard medical science subjects, and the structure can prevent students from choosing subjects that specialise in the area of biomedical engineering. It can be concluded that Australian dual degrees can be a poor choice for students who wish to progress in the field of biomedical engineering.
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