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BMET5958: Nanotechnology in Biomedical Engineering (2020 - Semester 2)

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Unit: BMET5958: Nanotechnology in Biomedical Engineering (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Biomedical Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Bareket, Lia (Lilach)
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: AMME5958.
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: (MECH3921 OR BMET3921 OR AMME5921 OR BMET5921)
Timetable: BMET5958 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 11
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 3
3 Presentation 2.00 1 1
4 Exam 2.00 1 1
5 Quiz 0.50 1 3

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 3)
1. The students will develop the ability to organize and discuss professional ideas in written, graphic and oral formats through Assessments 1 (tutorial assignments), 2 (quizzes), 3 (exam) and 4 (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.
2. 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.
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 2)
3. 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.
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 2)
4. The students will learn and develop interdisciplinary skills and knowledge from Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Nanotechnology and Medicine. They will be required to synthesize and apply this knowledge to fins solution to real and case studies taken from current investigations, through the different assessments including exam, tutorial assignments, seminar and quizzes.

and exam).
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 2)
5. The students will practice problem solving and integration of the knowledge learned in lectures through tutorial practice and through assessments exam, quizzes, presentation/seminar and tutorial assignments that all include problem solving and inventiveness through case studies
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3)
6. 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 Presentation/Seminar Yes 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
2 Exam No 40.00 Week 13 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
3 Tutorial assignments No 5.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
4 Quizzes 15%x3 No 45.00 Multiple Weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
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: Nanomaterials and Nanofabrication I
Week 3 Lecture: Nanomaterials and Nanofabrication II
Tutorial: Nanomaterials and Nanofabrication
Assessment Due: 5% for all tutorial assignments : submitted in person, not marked
Week 4 Lecture: Nanobiosensors: introduction
Assessment Due: Quiz 1 Nanomaterials and Nanofabrication (15%)
Week 5 Tutorial: Nanobiosensors (5% for all tutorial assignments)
Lecture: Nanobiosensors I
Assessment Due: 10% for all tutorial assignments : submitted in person, not marked
Week 6 Lecture: Nanobiosensors II
Week 7 Assessment Due: Quiz 2 Nanobiosensors (15%)
Lecture: Nanoneuroelectrodes introduction
Week 8 Lecture: Nanoneuroelectrodes I
Week 9 Assessment Due: 5% for all tutorial assignments : submitted in person, not marked
Lecture: Nanoneuroelectrodes II
Tutorial: Printing nanobioelectronics (5% for all tutorial assignments)
Week 10 Lecture: Nanobiosafety
Assessment Due: Quiz 3: Nanoneuroelectrodes (15%)
Week 11 Lecture: Current advances and commercialism of nano-therapeutics
Week 12 Assessment Due: Presentation of chosen paper: optional in Group or individual (10%)
Week 13 Assessment Due: Final exam (40%)
Assessment Due: 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 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
Biomedical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Biomedical 2016, 2017, 2018, 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
Master of Engineering 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Biomedical) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical) 2019, 2020

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3) No 22.5%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 2) No 19.5%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 2) No 20%
(4) Design (Level 2) No 0%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 2) No 19%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3) No 19%

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.