Bioinformatics Engineering

(Honours)
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UAC Code: 
425770
93
Assumed: 
HSC Maths Ext. 1 and Chemistry
T3 Entry: 
Yes
Sam Bassett

As someone enrolled in a Dual Degree (BEng/BA), I would highly recommend it. The breadth and depth of study you're able to achieve is incredibly enriching and vocationally valuable.

Sam Bassett

What's it all about?

■  Bioinformatics is an emerging discipline at the convergence of computing and the life sciences, aimed at the development of technologies for storing, extracting, organising, analysing, interpreting and utilising the 'tsunami' of genetic information being generated. The need to process and analyse vast amounts of information requires advances in both software technologies and hardware architectures.

What does it include?

■  In this degree you will learn the foundation disciplines of bioinformatics, which includes biology (biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics), computing (algorithms, databases and programming), mathematics and statistics. You will master the skills to design and implement software for activities such as identifying the genes affected in specific cancer types.

Where will you work?

■  Bioinformatics is one of the key sciences of the new century and demand for specialists in the area is strong and growing. Employment in health, agriculture, aquaculture environment, forestry, law and commerce is likely across pharmaceutical, chemical, food and diagnostics companies. In addition, you will be qualified for both biotechnology and IT/software development.

Dual degrees

■  Dual degrees are a great way of graduating with a wider breadth of knowledge, better preparing you for your future career. For more information, visit our dual degrees page to find one that suits your interests.

Sample Program Outlines*

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
BABS1201 Molecules, Cells and Genes Assumed knowledge: Physics HSC mark 53-100, or Chemistry HSC mark 53-100, or Earth and Environmental Science HSC mark 53-100, or Biology HSC mark 53-100.
COMP1511 Introduction to Programming The objective of this course is for students to develop proficiency in programming using a high level language. COMP1917 is the preferred computing course for the Mechatronic Engineering stream.
ENGG1000 Engineering Design and Innovation A team project over a ten week period to solve a practical problem. The key skills developed include concept development, critical thinking and evaluation skills.

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
CHEM1011 Chemistry A This course builds on an elementary knowledge of chemistry. Assumed knowledge equivalent to year 11 chemistry or CHEM1001. CHEM1131 or MATS1101 are acceptable alternatives for CHEM1011.
CHEM1031 Higher Chemistry A This course covers the same material as CHEM1011, but has additional material covering the structure of molecules, applications of intermolecular forces in industry and biology, and a more advanced treatment of the theory of chemical bonding.
MATH1131 Maths 1A Students have the option to enrol in either MATH1131 or MATH1141. MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth. Assumed knowledge for MATH1141: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined HSC mark in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 over 175.
MATH1141 Higher Maths 1A Students have the option to enrol in either MATH1131 or MATH1141. MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth. Assumed knowledge for MATH1141: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined HSC mark in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 over 175.
PHYS1121 Physics 1A Assumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent. Students that are highly competent in physics may instead enrol in PHYS1131.
PHYS1131 Higher Physics 1A Covers the same content as PHYS1121, however features more advanced assessment.
PHYS1111 Fundamentals of Physics Students should take this course if they didn't taken HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1.

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
COMP1521 Computer Systems Fundamentals Programmer's view on how a computer system executes programs, manipulates data and communicates.
MATH1081 Discrete Maths Assumed knowledge: students are expected to have achieved a combined mark of at least 100 in Mathematics and Mathematics Extension 1.
MATH1231 Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141. Students that are highly competent (mark >65) in mathematics may instead enrol in MATH1241.
MATH1241 Higher Maths 1B Students have the option to enrol in either MATH1231 or MATH1241. MATH1241 covers the same topics as MATH1231 but in greater depth. A minimum mark of 65 in MATH1131 or MATH1141 is required for enrolment in MATH1241 instead of MATH1231.

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
COMP1531 Software Engineering Fundamentals This course provides an induction to software engineering principles and practice, including software lifecycle, methodologies, teamwork and web-based architectures.
COMP2521 Data Structures and Algorithms This course covers programming in the large, abstraction and ADTs, interfaces, and complexity. Prerequisites:COMP1511 and COM1921.
General Education General Education You can't select a General Education course from within your own faculty.

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
BABS2202 Cell Biology This course provides an opportunity to explore the nature of cells, both the unity and the breadth of cell structre and function.
COMP2041 Software Construction Overview of the software development life-cycle.
MATH2801 Theory of Statistics Prerequisite: MATH1231 or MATH1241 or MATH1251. Exclusions: MATH2501 and MATH2601.
MATH2901 Higher Theory of Statistics This course provides an introduction to the theoretical underpinning of statistics.

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
BINF2010 Introduction to Bioinformatics The course surveys the major areas of bioinformatics, exploring the history of bioinformatics in relation to advances in computing hardware and software.
BIOC2201 Principles of Molecular Biology (Adv) Provides an introduction to modern molecular biology and covers the molecular mechanisms of gene expression and fundamental aspects of recombinant DNA technology.
COMP2511 Object-Orinated Design & Programming Introduces students to the principles of object-oriented design and to fundamental techniques in object-oriented programming.

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
BABS3121 Molecular Biology of Nucleic Acids This course provides a detailed analysis of gene structure and function
COMP3311 Database Systems Pre-requisite: COMP1531 or COMP1927 or COMP2521
COMP3121* Algorithms & Programming Pre-requisite: COMP1927 or COMP2521 or a mark of at least 65 in COMP1921.

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
BINF3010 Bioinformatics Methods & Applications This course focuses on the principles and practical use of bioinformatics methods and resources for the analysis of DNA and protein sequences and structures.
BINF6111 Genome Informatics Engineering Design Workshop This course revolves around a guided team project for the design and implementation of a complex system.
General Education General Education You can't select a General Education course from within your own faculty.

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
Experience Industrial Training or Exchange Opportunity Gain international exposure and/or industry experience

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
Discipline Elective Discipline Elective Recommendations for different degrees in link.
Discipline Elective Discipline Elective Recommendations for different degrees in link.
Thesis A Research Thesis (1/3) Research Thesis (1/3)

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
Discipline Elective Discipline Elective Recommendations for different degrees in link.
Discipline Elective Discipline Elective Recommendations for different degrees in link.
Thesis B Research Thesis (2/3) Research Thesis (2/3)

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
BINF6112 Computational Biology Engineering Design Workshop This course examines various issues in the design and implementation of software systems for the analysis of large complex biological datasets.
COMP4920 Management & Ethics This course will develop a framework on which management and ethical issues can be developed.
Thesis C Research Thesis (3/3) Research Thesis (3/3)

* The programs outlined above are intended as a guide only. The Faculty of Engineering reserves the right to change any information herein without prior notice. Students should seek approval from their relevant Schools before using these guides.