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BMET1961: Biomedical Engineering 1B (2020 - Semester 2)

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Unit: BMET1961: Biomedical Engineering 1B (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Junior
Faculty/School: School of Biomedical Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr RAMASWAMY, Yogambha
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: AMME1961.
Brief Handbook Description: This biomedical engineering core junior unit of study provides an introduction to various aspects of biomedical engineering, and the rapidly growing fields of bioengineering and regenerative medicine. Biomedical engineering is an interdisciplinary field of science that is characterised by the application of engineering principles to the fields of biology and medicine. Concepts and methodologies in bioengineering extend throughout the medical and biological sciences. This course introduces wide range of basic concepts from tissue and organ structure to cell biology (cellular level), and to molecular biology (molecule level). On the base of the understanding of how engineering concepts can apply to biological systems, the emerging approaches for improving biological processes and health care, including bioreactors, gene therapy, bioethics, bioimage analysis and stem cell technology are also introduced; thus integrating biomedical engineering principles, biology and medicine.

This unit of study has commonality with the related disciplines of Chemical Engineering, Molecular Biology, and Bioinformatics. BMET 1961 is not a study of Bioinformatics, nor is it a study of Molecular Biology. For Molecular Biology, biomedical engineering students are referred to the recommended elective MBLG1001. For Bioinformatics, biomedical engineering students are referred to the recommended elective COMP5424.
Assumed Knowledge: HSC Biology and HSC Chemistry. Summer bridging courses are available for students who did not complete HSC Biology or Chemistry
Additional Notes: Assumed knowledge is HSC Biology
Assumed knowledge is HSC Chemistry
Summer bridging courses are available for students who did not complete HSC biology or chemistry
Note: CHEM1111 is scheduled for semester 1 Year 1 and BMET1961 for Semester 2 Year 1. Students should ideally ensure that they follow this schedule.
Lecturer/s: Dr RAMASWAMY, Yogambha
Timetable: BMET1961 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 4.00 2 13
2 Tutorial/Lab Class 1.00 1
3 Independent Study 5.00
4 Laboratory 3.00 5
T&L Activities: 26 hours of Lectures on integrating biomedical engineering principles, in 1 x2hour lecture blocks a week.

2 hour tutorial each week in which the students work on lecture contents and theory of practicals guided by tutors and preparation for team seminars.

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 learn to integrate basic engineering principles in biology, learn basic molecular biology laboratory skills and data analyse and interpretation. (2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 1)
Understanding the current progress in the field of biomedical engineering. Introduction to basic molecular biology and how it can be integrated with the biomedical engineering. Introduction to basic laboratory skills like cell culture and molecular biology techniques. (5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (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.

(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 1)
1. Students will learn scientific oral and written communication skills, ethics in scientific research, application of engineering technology in biomedical applications
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 1)
2. A general understanding of the cell biology and the functions of their inbuilt cellular components, and their applications in biomedical engineering.

A general understanding of the biomedical engineering principles and integrating them to human organ and tissue structures

A practical understanding of gene sequencing and gene therapy and their advantages and disadvantages in the field
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 1)
3. A practical understanding of RNA-interference technology, DNA sequencing and personalised medicine.

A general understanding of medical imaging techniques and their applications in the field of biomedical engineering
4. A general understanding of the bioreactors, process analysis and automation and computation
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Quiz 1 No 10.00 Week 6 1, 2, 3, 4,
2 Presentation Yes 15.00 Week 9
3 Quiz 2 No 10.00 Week 12 1, 2, 3, 4,
4 Tutorial Activity No 5.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4,
5 Laboratory No 10.00 Multiple Weeks 2, 3,
6 Theory of Practicals No 10.00 Week 13 2, 3, 4,
7 Final Exam No 40.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4,
Assessment Description: 20% Quizzes - 10% per quiz, to be held in the week 6/12 tutorials

15% Team Seminar - to be held in the week 9/10 tutorials (all presentation slides to be submitted in week 9)

Team seminar will be 10 minutes + 5 minutes of questions. Topics will be allocated in week 2.

40% Final Exam - to be held during the exam period

20% Laboratory - 10% Laboratory book observations (2% per lab), 10% Theory of Practical quiz

5% Tutorial Activities

The exam will be a 2 hour closed-book exam which will assess all of the lecture content.
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 on Resources: There is no set text. Lecture notes will be provided.

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

Week Description
Week 1 Lecture: Lecture: Introduction to the Biomedical engineering
Week 2 Lecture: Lecture: cell biology
Week 3 Lecture: Lecture: Nucleic acids - introduction, analytical methods and application
Week 4 Lecture: Lecture: Proteins - introduction, analytical methods and application
Week 5 Lecture: Lecture: Carbohydrates - introduction, analytical methods and application
Week 6 Lecture: Lecture: Personalized medicine
Assessment Due: Quiz 1
Week 7 Lecture: Lecture: Gene therapy
Week 8 Lecture: Lecture: Bioethics
Week 9 Lecture: Lecture: None (Labour Day holiday)
Assessment Due: Presentation
Week 10 Lecture: Lecture: Bioreactors
Week 11 Lecture: Lecture: Stem cell biology
Week 12 Lecture: Lecture: Imaging and computational techniques in biomedical engineering
Assessment Due: Quiz 2
Week 13 Other: Other: Revision & Exam Preparation
Assessment Due: Theory of Practicals
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, 2021
Biomedical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Biomedical 2019, 2020, 2021
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
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 1) No 4.5%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 1) Yes 26%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 1) Yes 50.5%

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.