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AMME9901: Anatomy and Physiology for Engineers (2018 - Semester 2)

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Unit: AMME9901: Anatomy and Physiology for Engineers (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: A/Prof Dunstan, Colin
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: AMME5901.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit aims for students to gain familiarity with anatomical and physiological terms and understanding their meaning. Students should gain an understanding of the gross anatomy of the major systems in the human body and their importance in the design of biomedical devices. Students should gain an understanding of the major physiological principles which govern the operation of the human body. At the end of this unit students will be able to: identify the gross anatomical features of the human body; describe the normal function of the major body systems (nervous, circulatory, respiratory, musculoskeletal, digestive and renal); determine how these functions relate to cellular function; determine how a biomedical engineering device affects the normal anatomy and function of the body. Course content will include: Bone tissue; Skeletal system; Joints; Muscle Tissue; Bones & joints anatomy (prac); Muscle Mechanics; Muscle anatomy (prac); Nerve Tissue; Muscles & nerves prac; CVS Heart; Blood vessels; Respiratory System 1; Respiratory System 2; Homeostasis; CVS and Respiratory anatomy (prac); Physiology; Respiratory Physiology; Cardio-respiratory physiology (prac); Renal Anatomy; Renal Physiology; Abdominal Renal Digestive Anatomy; Digestive Physiology; Oral Presentation.
Assumed Knowledge: 6cp minimum of Junior level Biology
Lecturer/s: Dr Chow, Chin Moi
A/Prof Dunstan, Colin
Dr Murphy, Ann
Timetable: AMME9901 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Independent Study 8.00
2 Laboratory 2.00 1 6
3 Lecture 2.50 1 13
T&L Activities: Laboratory: Laboratory

Lecture: Lecture

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
Be able to exercise critical judgment and adopt a problem solving approach when applying anatomic and physiologic knowledge to engineering principles in biomedical designs.Students will write on a topic, and make an attempt to device a piece of medical equipment related to the specific topic. Design (Level 2)
Be able to apply knowledge in anatomic and physiologic functions to biomedical designs. Be able to handle various biomedical equipment in their practical classes and adapt to handling cadaver specime Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
Develop a body of knowledge in the fields of anatomy and physiology. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
Be able to identify, access, organize and apply knowledge gained. Information Seeking (Level 3)
Students will make an oral presentation on a topic Communication (Level 2)
The ability to work with others (students will work in pairs in one assignment task and in anatomy practicals) Professional Conduct (Level 3)

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.

Project and Team Skills (Level 3)
1. Train the students to work as a group in laboratory experiments.
Design (Level 2)
2. Understand how biomedical devices affect the normal anatomy and function of the body
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
3. Determine how a biomedical engineering device affects the normal anatomy and function of the body.
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
4. Identify the gross anatomical features of the human body
5. Describe the normal function of the major body systems (nervous, circulatory, respiratory, musculoskeletal, and renal
6. Determine how these functions relate to cellular function
Information Seeking (Level 3)
7. Understand relevant literature and database for biomedical engineering development.
Communication (Level 2)
8. Develop written and oral communication skills through reporting.
Professional Conduct (Level 3)
9. Develop understanding in ethics and professional attitudes.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Mid-Sem Exam No 20.00 Week 8 2, 4, 5, 6, 8,
2 Assignment Yes 20.00 Week 11 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
3 Final Exam No 50.00 Exam Period 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9,
4 Practical Class Reports No 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8,
Assessment Description: Mid-Sem Exam: Mid semester exam. Covering topics up to week 6.

Assignment: Oral presentation (15%) plus one-page handout (5%). Students work in groups of 5.

Final Exam: 2hr exam with MCQs, short answer questions.
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.
Special Conditions to Pass UoS All assessments must be completed.
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.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.

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

Week Description
Week 1 Bone tissue
Musculoskeletal system
Week 2 Bone
Week 3 Joints
Week 4 Muscle
Week 5 Neural Tissue
Week 6 Anatomy of Heart & Blood Vessels, Homeostasis
Week 7 Respiratory Anatomy, Respiratory Histology, Renal Anatomy
Week 8 CVS Physiology
Mid-Semester Exam
Assessment Due: Mid-Sem Exam
Week 9 CVS Physiology, Respiratory Physiology
Week 10 No lectures - public holiday
Week 11 Respiratory Physiology, Oral Presentations
Assessment Due: Assignment
Week 12 Sleep Physiology
Week 13 Renal Histology, Renal Physiology
Exam Period Final exam
Assessment Due: Final Exam

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) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Project and Team Skills (Level 3) No 3%
Design (Level 2) Yes 12%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3) Yes 2.5%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) Yes 59%
Information Seeking (Level 3) Yes 2%
Communication (Level 2) Yes 16.5%
Professional Conduct (Level 3) Yes 5%

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.