Bachelor of Engineering (Bioinformatics)
*** New program for 2014 ****
Students should follow the most up-to-date program wherever possible.
Where this is not possible, the UNSW Handbook for past years will show the previous version of the program, however, students should note that some substitutions may be necessary where courses are no longer available. Contact the CSE Student Office to seek clarification on any program or enrolment matters, as failure to complete the correct program will result in a delay to graduation.
Bioinformatics graduates receive a Bachelor of Engineering after four years. The program is multi-disciplinary and students will achieve a high level of expertise across computing, maths and biology. Students will undertake a major project in the fourth year bringing these areas together.
- UOC denotes Units of Credit, a measure of the amount of work required in a course;
- Review all courses in the handbook for information on assumed knowledge and requisites;
- Some courses are offered twice per year and may be taken in either semester;
- This program structure is a guide only. Students may take courses in any order as long as requisites are observed.
|YEAR 1||S1 UOC||S2 UOC|
|BABS1201||Molecules, Cells & Genes||6||-|
|Chemistry A or
Higher Chemistry A
|Mathematics 1A or
Higher Mathematics 1A
|Mathematics 1B or
Higher Mathematics 1B
|Fundamentals of Physics
Physics 1A or
Higher Physics 1A
|YEAR 2||S1 UOC||S2 UOC|
|COMP2911||Engineering Design in Computing||6||-|
|Higher Theory of Statistics or
Theory of Statistics
|Principles of Biochemistry (Advanced)
Genetics (Advanced Level)
|BINF2010||Introduction to Bioinformatics||-||6|
|BIOC2201||Principles of Molecular Biology||-||6|
|SENG1031||Software Engineering Workshop 1||-||6|
|YEAR 3||S1 UOC||S2 UOC|
|BABS3121||Molecular Biology of Nucleic Acids||6||-|
|BINF3010||Bioinformatics Methods & Applications||6||-|
|COMP3121||Algorithms & Programming Techniques||6||-|
|BINF3111||Bioinformatics Project A||-||6|
|YEAR 4||S1 UOC||S2 UOC|
|BINF4111||Bioinformatics Project B||6||-|
|COMP4930||Thesis Part A||6||-|
|COMP4931||Thesis Part B||-||6|
|COMP4920||Management & Ethics||-||6|
Any course, other than those created specifically for General Education i.e. those starting with GEN, can be taken as a free elective.
Professional electives can be drawn from computer science, life sciences, or specified statistics courses. Pre-requisites will apply in some cases and students will need to use free electives to meet these requirements.
Dual award students, who do not have free electives in the BE program, will be required to take additional units of credit to satisfy pre-requisites where needed if they are unable to take the relevant courses in their other award.
- Computing courses that do not have COMP0xxx or COMP1xxx course codes can be used as professional electives.
- Any level 3 BIOC/BIOT/MICR/BABS course can be selected as professional electives. Recommended life science courses include:
|BIOC3111||Molecular Biology of Proteins||6|
|BABS3151||Human Genetics and Variation||6|
|BABS3291||Genes, Genomes & Evolution||6|
|BABS3031||Biotechnology and Bioengineering||6|
- The following statistics courses may also be used as professional electives, provided pre-requisites have been met:
|MATH2931||Higher Linear Models||6|
|MATH3801||Probability & Stochastic Proc||6|
|MATH3901||Higher Probability & Stochastic Proc||6|
|MATH3911||Higher Statistical Inference||6|
60 days of Industrial Training (IT) is a requirement for all Bachelor of Engineering programs. It is recommended that students start thinking about IT in the summer after Year 2 and Year 3. Graduation may be delayed if a satisfactory report for 60 day industrial training has not been received and approved by the release of final year results.
Final Year Thesis
A full year thesis is compulsory in all Bachelor of Engineering programs and the Bachelor of Science Honours. The course outline is availalbe on the Thesis Website, together with information on topics and supervisors, assessment requirements and deadlines, in addition to a sample thesis report library which is accessed via myCSE for currently enrolled students.
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. Students should select courses from outside of the Faculty of Engineering and in disciplines that are not available in their program as core or elective courses.