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BMET1960: Biomedical Engineering 1A (2020 - Semester 1)

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Unit: BMET1960: Biomedical Engineering 1A (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Junior
Faculty/School: School of Biomedical Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Kyme, Andre
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: ENGG1960 OR ENGG1800 OR CIVL1900 OR CHNG1108 OR MECH1560 OR AERO1560 OR MTRX1701 OR AMME1960.
Brief Handbook Description: Biomedical Engineering 1A introduces students to the exciting interdisciplinary field of Biomedical Engineering through a combination of lectures from experts in the key thematic areas of Biomedical Engineering, and practical hands-on training with hardware and software tools that every Biomedical Engineer needs to know. The areas you will be introduced to in the lectures include cutting-edge areas of biomedical research and industry engagement currently represented at the University of Sydney:

• Medical Imaging

• Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering

• Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology in Biomedical Engineering

• Medical Devices and Sensors

• Biomechanics and Computational Biomedical Engineering

• Biomanufacturing

• Bionics and Neuromodulation

In each lecture you’ll learn the key concepts, methods and challenges of one of these areas of Biomedical Engineering and also learn from the expert how they became involved. Note that you will have the opportunity to delve into all of these areas in much greater depth later in your degree – this is simply a taster!

The thematic lectures are accompanied by an important session addressing ethics and regulatory affairs as they relate to Biomedical Engineering, essential topics for well-trained graduates entering careers in research or industry.

The lectures will be augmented by two major assignments. The first assignment is the inaugural BMET1960 CANNES (creatively argued no-nonsense ethics scenarios) Film Festival in which you will develop a persuasive position on a biomedical ethical scenario with your peers and present it creatively in a video. The second assignment will have you exploring one of the main thematic areas of Biomedical Engineering that interests you and imagining a “game-changing” data set for that field, which you will then present in a concise technical report.

The quiz, assignment and exam components of the course are together worth 60% of the total assessment. The remaining 40% is a practical component (the Manufacturing Technology Workshop) which will expose you to a range of skills, hardware and software vital to your future work as an engineer:

(a) Hand tools, Machining. Students will gain an understanding of manufacturing processes used to fabricate engineering hardware, systems and solutions. Safety requirements: All students are required to provide their own personal protective equipment (PPE). For example, approved industrial footwear must be worn, long hair must be protected by a hair net, and safety glasses must be worn at all times. Students must also comply with all workshop safety rules. Students who fail to do this will not be permitted to enter the workshops and will therefore miss out on part of the course assessment.

(b) Solid Modelling - the use of a computer aided design (CAD) tool called SolidWorks to model geometry and create engineering drawings of engineering components.

(c) Microcontrollers - ubiquitous in modern engineered products, students will be introduced through experiential learning to Arduino development kits.

(d) Biomedical – hands-on activities to develop knowledge and skills focused on real biomedical problems.

We hope this introductory unit stirs your passion and interest in the exciting field of Biomedical Engineering!
Assumed Knowledge: HSC Mathematics Extension 1 (3 Unit)
Lecturer/s: Dr Kyme, Andre
A/Prof Dunstan, Colin
Prof Suaning, Gregg
Dr Bareket, Lia (Lilach)
Dr RAMASWAMY, Yogambha
Dr No, Young
Professor Li, Qing
Prof de Chazal, Philip
Dr McEwan, Alistair
Tutor/s: Unit Support: Jeremy Kwarcinski, Christine Poon, Musharraf Hossain, Matilda Longfield, Morteza Nateghi
Timetable: BMET1960 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lectures 2.00 1 13
2 Workshop 3.00 1 9
3 Assignment work 4.00 1 9
T&L Activities: Weekly Lectures (2 hrs) (Week 1-13)

Introductory Lecture on Manufacturing Technology (1 hr) (Week 1 only)


Manufacturing Technology (Weeks 2-13)

1. Handtools & Machining (4 x 3hr sessions)

2. Arduino Microcontrollers (1 x 3hr session)

3. CAD (Solidworks) (3 x 3hr sessions)

4. Biomedical (1 x 3hr session)

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
Lectures: Introduction to some of the key mathematical concepts, problems and methods encountered in various biomedical disciplines. (1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 1)
Lectures: Understanding the key principles, problems and goals of some of the major disciplines in biomedical engineering, and the current state-of-the-art in these disciplines. Interacting with the scientific literature in these disciplines and identifying key areas for technological development. (2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 1)
Workshops: Learning basic skills in hand tools and machining; learning the principles of computer aided design, starting from a design specification; learning the operating principles of a consumer microcontroller and how to implement it within a simple biomedical project; and hands-on training in areas such as 3D printing and medical image analysis. (4) Design (Level 1)
Assignments: Development and presentation of an argument; skill in report writing (6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 1)

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.

(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 1)
1. Generate a concise engineering report
2. Develop a persuasive position on a real, ethically challenging scenario in biomedical engineering and creatively present this position to peers and supervisors.
(4) Design (Level 1)
3. Develop basic skills in engineering drawing, specifications and computer aided design.
4. Develop and articulate a design and development process for a medical device
5. Develop basic machining and hand tool skills for biomedical engineering
6. Gain a working understanding of microcontrollers (Arduino) and how to implement such a device in a simple biomedical project.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 1)
7. Understand what Biomedical Engineering is as a discipline and how it relates in a professional context to the medical devices industry and healthcare sector.
8. Understand and relate the key anatomical and physiological systems for medical device applications: (1) Support and Movement, skeletal system and muscular system; (2) Control Systems, nervous system; (3) Regulation and maintenance; Cardiovascular system.
9. Understand and relate the key concepts, goals and challenges of some of the major themes of Biomedical Engineering: imaging, biomaterials and tissue engineering, nanotechnology and medicine, computational biomedical engineering and bionics.
10. Understand the current state-of-the-art in some of the major themes of Biomedical Engineering: biomechanics, tissue engineering, bionics, medical imaging, nanotechnology, nanomaterials in medicine, biomanufacturing, computational biomedical engineering and mechanobiology.
11. Understand and apply ethical principles and regulations as they relate to biomedical engineering research and industry.
12. Understand how regulatory affairs relates to biomedical engineers and their work and apply key principles to biomedical scenarios.
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 1)
13. Understand some of the key mathematical concepts, tools and tasks in the major themes of Biomedical Engineering: imaging, biomaterials and tissue engineering, nanotechnology and medicine, computational biomedical engineering and bionics.
14. Be able to identify and quantify design risk and risk mitigation
15. Design, describe and justify a rigorous scientific experimental approach to solve a biomedical engineering problem.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Weekly lecture quiz No 5.00 Multiple Weeks 7, 8, 9, 10, 13,
2 Manufacturing Technology Worshops No 40.00 Multiple Weeks 3, 4, 5, 6, 14,
3 Assignment 1: BMET1960 CANNES Film Festival Yes 15.00 Week 8 2, 11, 12,
4 Assignment 2: Game-Changing Technical Reports No 15.00 Week 12 1, 9, 10, 13, 15,
5 Final Exam No 25.00 Exam Period 7, 8, 9, 10, 13,
Assessment Description: Weekly online quiz following each of 12 lectures will assess students` grasp of lecture content (12 quizzes, 5% total).

Assignment 1 is a group assignment to develop a creative and persuasive response to an ethically challenging biomedical scenario (15%)

Assignment 2 is an individual assignment to develop a concise technical report addressing a key biomedical problem (15%)

Manufacturing technology workshops will assess students for participation, completion of exercises, quality of work and practical knowledge (40%)

The final exam will assess lecture content and supplementary lecture resources (25%).
Assessment Feedback: Students will receive answers to the Weekly Quiz following the submission deadline.
Manufacturing Technology Workshops provide feedback through marked practical exercises, interaction with workshop staff and tutors, and detailed verbal and written feedback on mini projects/exercises that are undertaken.
Detailed written feedback will be provided for both assignments so that students understand the basis for the mark they receive and how they could have improve.
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: POLICY LISTING:

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: Submitted assessments are routinely processed through plagiarism checking systems (eg turnitin)

Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
Online Course Content: Lecture notes will be available online via the BMET1960 CANVAS site

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

Week Description
Week 1 Lecture: Introduction to BMET1960 (Lectures, Manufacturing Technology Workshops, Assessments)
Lecture: Biomedical Engineering Theme: Medical Imaging
Week 2 Lecture: Biomedical Engineering Theme: Anatomy and physiology for engineers
Week 3 Lecture: Biomedical Engineering Theme: Biomaterials, tissue engineering and mechanobiology
Week 4 Lecture: Biomedical Engineering Theme: Biomedical ethics and regulatory affairs
Week 5 Lecture: Biomedical Engineering Theme: Nanomaterials in medicine
Week 6 Lecture: Biomedical Engineering Theme: Nanotechnology in biomedical engineering
Week 7 Lecture: Biomedical Engineering Theme: Medical devices and sensors
Week 8 Lecture: Biomedical Engineering Theme: Medical devices and sensors
Assessment Due: Assignment 1: BMET1960 CANNES Film Festival
Week 9 Lecture: Biomedical Engineering Theme: Biomechanics and computational biomedical engineering
Week 10 Lecture: Biomedical Engineering Theme: Biomanufacturing
Week 11 Lecture: Biomedical Engineering Theme: Bionics and neuromodulation
Week 12 Lecture: Biomedical Engineering Theme: Industry talks "Who is doing biomedical engineering and who will employ me?"
Assessment Due: Assignment 2: Game-Changing Technical Reports
Week 13 Lecture: Finalists of BMET1960 CANNES Film Festival (Assignment 1)
Exam Period 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
Biomedical Mid-Year 2019, 2020
Biomedical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Biomedical 2019, 2020
Biomedical / Arts 2019, 2020
Biomedical / Commerce 2019, 2020
Biomedical /Science 2019, 2020
Biomedical/Science (Health) 2019, 2020
Biomedical / Law 2019, 2020
Biomedical/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2019, 2020

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 1) No 0%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 1) Yes 12%
(4) Design (Level 1) Yes 36%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 1) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 1) Yes 37.5%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 1) Yes 14.5%

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.