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AMME5958: Nanotechnology in Biomedical Engineering (2018 - Semester 2)

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Unit: AMME5958: Nanotechnology in Biomedical Engineering (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Bareket, Lia (Lilach)
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: (AMME1362 OR AMME9302) AND (MECH3921 OR AMME5921).
Brief Handbook Description: Nanotechnology in Biomedical Engineering will have a broad nanotechnology focus and a particular focus on the biophysics and electrical aspects of nanotechnology, as it relates to nanobiosensors and nanobioelectronics which represents a rapidly growing field in Biomedical Engineering that combines nanotechnology, electronics and biology with promising applications in bionics and biosensors. Nanodimensionality and biomimetics holds the potential for significant improvements in the sensitivity and biocompatibility and thereby open up new routes in clinical diagnostics, personalized health monitoring and therapeutic biomedical devices.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Timetable: AMME5958 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 10
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 3
3 Presentation 2.00 1 2
4 Exam 2.00 1 1

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Students will complete two linked assessments (Report and Presentation/Seminar). They will search and choose a paper describing the development of a biomedical nano-device. Then, the paper and critical review will be presented through two assignments: a written report according to a list of guiding questions and a seminar. Addressing the list of guiding questions, and communicating the findings will develop in-depth proficiency in applying the multidisciplinary knowledge, tools and methods learned in class into practical development of a new device. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
The students will be required to search, describe and evaluate the development of a specific biomedical nano-device (Journal paper) according to a list of guiding questions. They will be expected to identify the innovation and relevance to Biomedical Engineering. Next, they will present this information in two forms: a written report and a short presentation in class. These two assignments will be performed either individually or in pairs according to their choice. The report will require use of reference software and search through online databases. The quizzes, final examination and tutorial-assignments will include written and multiple choice questions that will require the students to recognize gaps, ask necessary questions and seek out missing details. Information Seeking (Level 3)
The students can choose to work in pairs where they will be expected to discuss and prepare two assignments: written report and seminar. They will be expected to present ability for basic analytical reporting and consideration of theoretical issues studied in the lectures. Communication (Level 3)
In the Assignments, quizzes and exam the students will be required to exercise appropriate judgement to critically review the development process and outcomes of a nano-bioelectronic devices, and to present their thoughts in a professional way through written report, a seminar and by answering questions in the quizzes, tutorial-assignments and exam where they will come across information discussed in the lectures. Professional Conduct (Level 2)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Professional Conduct (Level 2)
1. The students will develop critical judgement at general level on in the context of application of nanotechnology in the biomedical engineering field, by applying the knowledge discussed in the lectures into the different Assessments.
Communication (Level 3)
2. The students will develop the ability to organize and discuss professional ideas in written, graphic, and oral formats through Assessments 1 (Report) and 2 (Presentation/Seminar). They are expected to present basic analytical reporting by extracting information and identifying point where information is incomplete or conflicting with other resources.
Information Seeking (Level 3)
3. Through the Assignments and Final Exam the students will develop the ability to search, evaluate and manage multi-disciplinary information from various resources including lectures and research papers found in online date bases.
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
4. Students will implement the knowledge acquired in the lectures on engineering principles, methods and materials in the disciplines of nanotechnology, biomaterials and biomedical engineering, by critically reviewing the development process and outcomes of a specific nano-biomedical electronic device.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Tutorial-assignments (weeks 3, 5, 8; 10%) No 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 3, 4,
2 Quiz 1 (Nanomaterials and Nanofabrication; 15%) No 15.00 Week 4 1, 3, 4,
3 Quiz 2 (Nanobiosensors; 15%) No 15.00 Week 7 1, 3, 4,
4 Assignment 1: report on journal paper (10%) Yes 10.00 Week 9 1, 2, 3, 4,
5 Assignment 2: presentation (week 11 or 12; 10%) Yes 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4,
6 Exam (40%) No 40.00 Week 13 1, 3, 4,
Assessment Description: Assignments 1 (report) and 2 (presentation) are linked and on the same journal paper of choice; can be individual or in pairs-the student can choose;

Quizzes are during the lecture of that week.

Tutorial-assignments are submitted but not marked. If submitted all 3-10 points, 2-5 points, 1-3 points. The student need to be in the tutorial to physically submit.
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Lecture: Nanotechnology in Biomedical Engineering - introduction
Week 2 Lecture: Nanostructure Building Blocks I (CNT, graphene, conducting polymers)
Week 3 Lecture: Nanostructure Building Blocks II (conducting and semiconducting nanoparticles)
Tutorial: Nanomaterials and Nanofabrication
Tutorial Assessment: Nanomaterials and Nanofabrication
Week 4 Lecture: Nanobiosensors: introduction
Assessment Due: Quiz 1 (Nanomaterials and Nanofabrication; 15%)
Week 5 Lecture: Nanobiosensors toolbox and state of the art devices I
Tutorial: Techniques in biosensing
Tutorial Assessment: Techniques in biosensing
Week 6 Lecture: Nanobiosensors toolbox and state of the art devices II
Week 7 Lecture: Nanoneuroelectrodes: introduction
Assessment Due: Quiz 2 (Nanobiosensors; 15%)
Week 8 Lecture: Nanoneuroelectrodes: toolbox and state of the art devices I
Tutorial: Printing Biolectronics
Tutorial Assessment: Printing Biolectronics
Week 9 Lecture: Nanoneuroelectrodes: toolbox and state of the art devices II
Assessment Due: Assignment 1: report on journal paper (10%)
Week 10 Lecture: Tissue-electronics hybrids and biosafety
Week 11 Assessment Due: Presentation of chosen paper: Group 1 (10%)
Lecture: Conclusions I
Week 12 Assessment Due: Presentation - chosen paper: Group 2 (10%)
Lecture: Questions before the exam
Week 13 Assessment Due: Exam (40%)

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Biomedical Engineering / Law 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Arts 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Commerce 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Medical Science 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Project Management 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Science 2013, 2014
Biomedical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018
Biomedical / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Biomedical / Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Biomedical / Medical Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Biomedical / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Biomedical / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Biomedical /Science 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Biomedical / Science (Health) 2018
Biomedical / Law 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Biomedical / Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018
Master of Engineering (2024 and earlier) 2016, 2017, 2018
Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical) 2016, 2017, 2018

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Professional Conduct (Level 2) Yes 31.64%
Communication (Level 3) Yes 5%
Information Seeking (Level 3) Yes 31.64%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3) Yes 31.64%
Design (Level 2) No 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.