Note: This unit is an archived version! See Overview tab for delivered versions.

AMME5981: Computational Biomedical Engineering (2014 - Semester 1)

Download UoS Outline

Unit: AMME5981: Computational Biomedical Engineering (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Professor Li, Qing
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This UoS will give students a comprehensive understanding of finite element method, material constitutive modelling, CT/MRI based solid modelling, design analysis and optimisation, and their applications in biomedical engineering. The students are expected to expand their research and development skills in relevant topics, and gain experience and skills in finite element software for the solution to sophisticated problems associated with biomedical engineering.

The objectives are:

1. Understanding of the nature of biomedical engineering problems;

2. Exploring CT/MRI image processing, solid modelling etc;

3. Understanding of finite element methods and developing FE models for biomedical engineering analysis;

4. Understanding biomaterials constitutive modelling;

5. Understanding bone remodelling simulation, fracture mechanics;

6. Developing prosthetic design optimisation.
Assumed Knowledge: AMME5301 AND AMME5302 AND AMME5500 AND MECH5361 AND MECH3921. AMME5302 (Materials 1), AMME5301 (Mechanics of Solids 1), AMME5500 (Engineering Dynamics); MECH3921 (Biomedical Design and Technology), MECH 5361 (Mechanics of Solids 2)
Additional Notes: The primary teaching delivery method will be lectures. This UoS builds on the assumed knowledge of engineering principles and junior and intermediate biology. The purpose of this UoS is prepare students for the challenges presented in taking innovative ideas and successfully converting them to valuable products.
Lecturer/s: Professor Li, Qing
Tutor/s: Paul Wong, Phillip Tran, Andrian Sue and Zhipeng Liao
Timetable: AMME5981 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Tutorial 2.00 1 13
2 Lecture 3.00 1 13
3 Project Work - own time 2.00 1 13
4 Research 4.00 1 13
5 Meeting 1.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Lecture: 3 Hrs Lectures per week

Tutorial: 2 Hrs computer lab tutorial per week

Project Work - Each student is expected to join a team/group with no more than 6 members for a real life research and development project in biomedical engineering. The student is expected to meet at least once per week to discuss thei rproject work. Each student will present to the entire class twice per semester.

study time: 7 hours per week outside of formal contact hours will be needed in order to successfully complete assignments, project and study.

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
Develop ability for design of biomedical devices and skills for presenting the design analysis. Design (Level 4)
Specialisation of biomedical engineering comprising anatomy, biomechanics, biomaterials, biofabrication, biofluids, design and prototype. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
The unit provides systematic practice in use of finite element method, material constitutive modelling and CT/MRI based solid modelling in analysing the biomedical designs. In the major project, it is compulsory for postgraduates to acquire first hand raw data (CT or MRI) for the component of computational modelling. As such, they gain experience in an entire procedure from human/animals to analysis and design. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
Information literacy. This will be developed through the literature review and project reporting. Information Seeking (Level 3)
Seminar presentations and report writing as part of major project. Each student is required to conduct two presentations (mid-term and end-term) and to submit an individual report including literature review, methods and materials, results, discussion, conclusion and references. Communication (Level 3)
Ethical, social, and professional understanding. This will be developed through the lecture material. Professional Conduct (Level 3)
This is a project based learning unit, where students develop and implement their own projects over the course of the semester. Project and Team Skills (Level 3)

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

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.

Design (Level 4)
1. Knowledge and skills of design of biomedical devices
2. Understanding of design analysis, and validation
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
3. Knowledge of materials selection in biomedical product development.
4. Knowledge of biological response, including remodelling and wound healing, in biomedical product development.
5. Knowledge of biomechanical issues in biomedical product development.
Communication (Level 3)
6. Skills of technical reporting and individual seminar presentation.
Professional Conduct (Level 3)
7. Knowledge of modelling and simulation issues in biomedical product development.
8. Knowledge of commercialisation strategies and IP protection in biomedical product development.
9. Understanding of professional society, ethics and regulationary affairs
Project and Team Skills (Level 3)
10. Skills in a team based project environment
11. Project management skills and ability of progressing the project
Information Seeking (Level 3)
12. Skills of seaching for relevant literature and patents
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment #1 - CT/MRI modelling mini-project No 15.00 Week 4 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
2 Assignment #2 - Prosthesis Modeling mini-project No 15.00 Week 8 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 12,
3 Assignment #3 - Bone Remodelling topical study Yes 0.00 Week 13 4, 5, 7,
4 Presentation/Seminar (mid term) Yes 15.00 Week 13 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12,
5 Presentation/Seminar (Final) Yes 15.00 Week 13 (Thursday, 2 pm) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11,
6 Major Individual Project Report No 30.00 Week 8 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11,
7 Quiz No 10.00 Week 12 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
Assessment Description: Assignment: Assignment 1 (Week 4)

Assignment: Assignment 2 (Week 8)

Assignment: Assignment 3 (Week 12)

Report: Literature Review Report (cover 40~50 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals)

Quiz: Week 12 (total: 30%)

Project: Research project on a product development issue (group work start from week 1)

Give mid-term and final seminars at Week 8 and 13 respectively, and final individual report at week 13.
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.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.

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

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction to computational modelling and software in biomedical engineering
Week 2 Biomechanical modelling of musculoskeletal systems
Week 3 Constitutive models of biomaterials
Week 4 Introduction to CT/MRI and image processing
Assessment Due: Assignment #1 - CT/MRI modelling mini-project
Week 5 Solid modelling and design optimisation
Week 6 Fundamentals of finite element method
Week 7 Finite element modelling issues
Week 8 Report of literature review and preliminary studies
Assessment Due: Assignment #2 - Prosthesis Modeling mini-project
Assessment Due: Major Individual Project Report
Week 9 Bone remodelling and simulation
Week 10 Modelling of damage, fracture and healing
Week 11 Clinical applications of modelling
Week 12 Quiz (one hour paper and 2 hour computer)
Assessment Due: Quiz
Week 13 Seminar and Final Report
Assessment Due: Assignment #3 - Bone Remodelling topical study
Assessment Due: Presentation/Seminar (mid term)
Assessment Due: Presentation/Seminar (Final)

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Master of Engineering (2024 and earlier) 2013, 2014

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 4) Yes 16.5%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4) Yes 40.5%
Communication (Level 3) Yes 11.5%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) Yes 0%
Professional Conduct (Level 3) Yes 18%
Project and Team Skills (Level 3) Yes 10.5%
Information Seeking (Level 3) Yes 3%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 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.