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AMME4981: Applied Biomedical Engineering (2018 - Semester 1)

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Unit: AMME4981: Applied Biomedical Engineering (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior Advanced
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: AMME2301 AND (AMME1362 OR AMME2302) AND AMME2500.
Prohibitions: AMME9981.
Brief Handbook Description: This UoS will give students an understanding of CT/MRI based solid modelling, finite element methods, constitutive material models, design analysis and optimisation, experimental validation and their use in biomedical engineering. The students are expected to gain skills and experience with finite element software for the solution to sophisticated problems associated with biomedical engineering and experimentation techniques for the validation of these problems. The unit will take a holistic approach to the learning outcomes: an overview of typical biomedical design problems, an overview of finite element analysis software, a detailed look at finite element methods in biomedical applications, and a project-based learning approach to the development of a biomedical prosthesis. By the end of the unit, the students are expected to have familiarised themselves with design analysis, optimisation, and validation for biomedical engineering problems.
Assumed Knowledge: MECH3361 AND MECH2400 AND MECH2901 AND MECH3362 AND MECH3921. Anatomy and Physiology, engineering dynamics and mechanics of solids in the second year level and knowledge of materials engineering and mechanical design in the third year level
Tutor/s: Mr Andrian Sue, Dr Phillip Tran, Dr Paul Wong
Timetable: AMME4981 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Research 2.00 13
2 Seminar 3.00 1 2
3 Lecture 3.00 1 13
4 Tutorial 2.00 2 13
5 Meeting 1.00 1 13
6 Project Work - own time 1.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Assignment: Three mini-project based assignments are required throughout the whole session. These mini-projects will involve literature review in the specific topics given, conceptual design, design analysis, research and reporting.

Seminar: This UoS will be structured as a product analysis and development project related to the biomedical industry. After some introductory lectures on the topics, students will form into groups of about 10 each, and each group will work on a specific biomedical design project following formal design protocols, including design analysis, regulatory considerations, and commercialization/IP considerations. Each group is expected to meet at least one hour per week to discuss the project work. The groups will present 2 major seminars to the entire class and each student should deliver at least one presentation. The entire class will be engaged to question the presenters.

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
Use of computer simulation in testing of biomedical product design. Design (Level 3)
Knowledge of materials selection, biological response and biomechanical issues in biomedical product development. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
Communication skills will be developed through the scheduled seminars. Communication (Level 3)
Knowledge of commercialisation strategies IP issues and regulatory issues in biomedical product development.

Teamwork and prject management skills will be developed through the group project activities.
Professional Conduct (Level 2)

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.

Design (Level 3)
1. Skills of biomedical engineering design analysis and research
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
2. Knowledge of materials selection in biomedical product development.
3. Knowledge of biological response to mechanical loading, including remodelling and wound healing, in biomedical product development.
Communication (Level 3)
4. Skills of technical report and seminar presentation and questioning
Professional Conduct (Level 2)
5. Knowledge of regulatory issues in biomedical product development.
6. Knowledge of commercialisation strategies and IP protection in biomedical product development.
7. Skills of teamwork, leadership and project management
Project and Team Skills (Level 2)
8. project management through weekly meeting and logbook
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment 1 No 10.00 Week 5 1, 2, 4,
2 Assignment 2 No 10.00 Week 8 1, 2, 3, 4,
3 Assignment 3 No 10.00 Week 13 1, 3, 4,
4 Quiz No 30.00 Week 12 1, 2, 3,
5 Presentation/Seminar Yes 15.00 Week 7 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
6 Presentation/Seminar Yes 15.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8,
7 Report Yes 10.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 7,
Assessment Description: Report: Final Report including everyones inputs and contributions to the project.

Presentation/Seminar: Mid-term seminar will be given in Week 7, covering justification of project selection, literature review and preliminary studies.

Assignment: Assignment 1 (biomechanics modelling and CT/MRI image processing)

Assignment: Assignment 2 (biomechanics analysis and design optimisation)

Assignment: Assignment 3 (remodelling and damage/fracture analysis)

Presentation/Seminar: Week 7 and Week 13, respectively.

Quiz: Quiz (one hour paper work and 2 hour modeling in computer lab)
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.
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Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction and Overview; Medical Imaging
Week 2 Image Processing and Reconstruction
Week 3 Recap of Finite Element Methods
Week 4 Multiphysics Finite Element Modelling
Week 5 Design Optimisation Techniques
Assessment Due: Assignment 1
Week 6 Biomechanical Modelling of Musculoskeletal Systems
Week 7 Constitutive Models of Biomaterials
Assessment Due: Presentation/Seminar
Week 8 Seminar 1
Assessment Due: Assignment 2
Week 9 Bone Remodelling
Week 10 Modelling of Damage, Fracture, and Healing
Week 11 Guest Lecture
Week 12 Quiz (one hour paper and 2 hour computer lab)
Assessment Due: Quiz
Week 13 Seminar 2
Assessment Due: Assignment 3
Assessment Due: Presentation/Seminar
Assessment Due: Report

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Biomedical - Chemical and Biomolecular Major 2013, 2014, 2015
Biomedical - Electrical Major 2013, 2014
Biomedical - Information Technology Major 2013, 2014, 2015
Biomedical - Mechanical Major 2013, 2014, 2015
Biomedical - Mechatronics Major 2013, 2014, 2015
Biomedical - Electrical Major 2015
Mechanical (Biomedical) (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012
Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical) / Medical Science 2010, 2011, 2012
Biomedical Engineering / Law 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Arts 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Commerce 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Medical Science 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Project Management 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Science 2013, 2014
Biomedical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018
Biomedical / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Biomedical / Commerce 2015
Biomedical / Medical Science 2015
Biomedical / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Biomedical / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017
Biomedical /Science 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Biomedical/Science (Health) 2018
Biomedical / Law 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical) / Arts 2011, 2012
Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical) / Commerce 2012
Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical) / Project Management 2012
Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical) / Science 2011, 2012
Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical) / Law 2012

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 3) Yes 36%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3) Yes 31%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) No 0%
Communication (Level 3) Yes 17.5%
Professional Conduct (Level 2) Yes 9.5%
Project and Team Skills (Level 2) No 6%

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.