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AMME1960: Biomedical Engineering 1A (2018 - Semester 1)

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Unit: AMME1960: Biomedical Engineering 1A (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Junior
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Boughton, Philip
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.
Brief Handbook Description: Biomedical Engineering 1A introduces students to the biomedical engineering discipline of study and profession.

Initial lectures will introduce the various Biomedical Technologies in the global market, and currently under development, as well as the Biomedical Engineering Sector itself. It will address the question: "what is biomedical engineering and what are the career opportunities?".

The healthcare sector will be outlined, including the roles of hospitals and clinics and how these are anticipated to evolve in the future. A virtual tour of a hospital with a focus on engineering-relevant areas will be provided. Students will be required to research and present a short overview of the background, capabilities, facilities, and specializations for a select hospital or clinic in the Sydney region.

Biomed design projects will be set up to provide students the opportunity to get hands-on experience in "lean start-up" teams. The semester-long projects will provide students with the opportunity to learn and practice how to effectively develop then propose innovative biomedical engineering solutions that address defined health needs and market opportunity. Succinct project reports and presentations with technical basis and specifications will be generated to be accessible to broad audiences. The projects will be presented by the teams at an innovation competition with industry guests at the end of semester.

Subsequent lecture content will introduce biomedical engineering design background to support teams in their project objectives:

- The approach to developing the innovation case to address specific health needs.

- The ISO standard background to designing and developing medical devices and technologies.

- Defining design requirements, specifying risks, and managing design risk.

- Generating engineering specifications including drawing and CAD methods.

- Materials selection accounting for design constraints and manufacturing specifications.

- Prototyping and manufacturing guidelines along with medical device regulatory constraints

Lectures will be reviewed and assessed in tutorials to provide opportunity for regular feedback.

A Manufacturing Technology Workshop (worth 40% of this unit's assessment mark) provides an overview of a range of processes related to the design and manufacture of components through hands-on experience.

Manufacturing Technology practical work is undertaken in:

(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 eg safety glasses, safety boots, hair net) and comply with the workshop safety rules provided in class. Students who fail to do this will not be permitted to enter the workshops. Approved industrial footwear must be worn, and long hair must be protected by a hair net. Safety glasses must be worn at all times.

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

(c) Microcontrollers - ubiquitous in modern engineered products - will be introduced through experiential learning with development kits.

(d) Biomedical Manufacturing - 3D anatomic scans, 3D Printing & Templating, Biomedical Textiles, Clean processes, Packaging & Sterilization

A map of subsequent course units, and areas of specialisation and majors available through the biomedical engineering program will be provided.

The rationale and outcomes for each pathway will be discussed. Opportunities to address questions relating to program selection and ensuing career paths will be provided.
Assumed Knowledge: HSC Mathematics Extension 1 (3 Unit)
Lecturer/s: Dr Boughton, Philip
Tutor/s: Unit Support: Daryl Fong, Peter Lok, Kiera Taylor, Jeremy Kwarcinski, Christine Poon, Lewis Collins
Timetable: AMME1960 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lectures 2.00 2 13
2 Tutorial 1.00 1 12
3 Workshop 3.00 1 4
4 Independent Study 5.00
T&L Activities: Weekly Lectures (2 hrs) (Week 1-13)

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

Weekly Tutorial (Weeks 2-13)


Manufacturing Technology (Weeks 2-13)

1. Handtools & Machining

2. Microcontrollers (Arduino)

3. CAD (Solidworks)

4. Biomaterials & Biomedical (Weeks 8-10)

-Medical imaging & Anatomic Scanning

-3D Printing & Rapid Templating

-Scanning Electron Microscopy, Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy

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 and tutorials: Understand the principles, processes and disciplines surrounding development of the design specification of a medical device or technology. The ability to extract a simplified version of a problem from a complex situation is developed. Tutorials: Design & Development Process, basic specifications and analysis, basic techniques in engineering drawing and CAD. Design (Level 1)
Lectures: understanding of current medical device technology and industry, current biotechnology industry, basic molecular, cell and tissue structures and key anatomical systems. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 1)
Tutorials: basic proficiency in solving fundamental analysis problems in engineering; basic proficiency in calculating resultant forces, moments, stress/modulus, measurement values with confidence intervals. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 1)
Basic report writing. Communication (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.

Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 1)
1. Familiarity with what Biomedical Engineering is as a discipline and how it relates in a professional context to the medical devices industry and healthcare sector.
2. Ability to describe and define healthcare challenges and opportunities in a biomedical engineering context.
3. Understanding of key anatomical 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.
4. Practical understanding and experience with manufacturing technologies
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 1)
5. Be able to identify component forces and draw a correct free body diagram for an engineering system.
6. Be able to calculate the value of basic resultant forces and moments
7. Be able to determine the compressive or tensile stress and modulus of a material from a stress vs strain plot and identify the relative nature of the material.
8. Be able to identify and calculate stress in the following modes of loading: tension, compression, shear.
9. Be able to identify and quantify design risk and risk mitigation
10. Be able to calculate and rank concepts in a multifactorial ideation process
11. Calculate averaged measured values with error estimation and a comparison with literature values
Design (Level 1)
12. Develop basic skills in engineering drawing, specifications and computer aided design.
13. Develop and articulate a design and development process for a medical device
14. Develop a verification and validation test plan that maps from a design risk table.
Communication (Level 1)
15. Generate a concise engineering report
16. Coordinate design meetings with the team and supervisors and draft meeting agenda and minutes
17. Prepare updates for team and project supervisors and formally present the final project summary to peers and supervisors.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assessments No 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,
2 Manufacturing Technology Worshops No 40.00 Multiple Weeks 4, 12, 13,
3 Team Project Report Yes 10.00 Week 13 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16,
4 Team Seminar Yes 10.00 Week 13 1, 3, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 17,
5 Final Exam No 30.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 12,
Assessment Description: Lecture, tutorial, and exercise related materials will evaluated through 5 in-class assessments (worth 2% each).

Team design projects will be assessed through a group report submission (10%) and presentation (10%)

Manufacturing technology workshops will assess students for on-time attendance (penalties apply for being late), participation, quality of work, and practical knowledge (40%)

The final exam will assess content from throughout the course, but especially from tutorials and exercise related activities and team project (30%)
Assessment Feedback: Tutorials will be used to provide weekly feedback on tutorial exercises, quizzes and team project work.
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 CANVAS
Note on Resources: Biomedical technology lecture notes will be handed out in class.

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

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering Program & Industry
Introduction to Manufacturing Technology Workshops
Week 2 The Healthcare Sector
Week 3 Biomed Design Projects & Requirements
Week 4 Developing an Innovation Case
Week 5 Intro to ISO Medical Device Design & Development
Week 6 Design Requirements & Risk Management
Week 7 Engineering Drawing Specifications
Week 8 Materials & Manufacturing Specifications
Week 9 Medical Device Prototyping, Manufacturing & Regulatory Constraints
Week 10 Intro to Biomedical Disciplines
Week 11 Intro to Biomedical Disciplines
Week 12 Intro to Biomedical Disciplines
Week 13 Team Design Project Presentations
Assessment Due: Team Project Report
Assessment Due: Team Seminar
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 2016, 2017, 2018
Biomedical Engineering 2016, 2017, 2018
Biomedical / Arts 2016, 2017, 2018
Biomedical / Commerce 2016, 2017, 2018
Biomedical / Medical Science 2016, 2017
Biomedical / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Biomedical / Project Management 2016, 2017, 2018
Biomedical /Science 2016, 2017, 2018
Biomedical / Science (Health) 2018
Biomedical / Law 2016, 2017, 2018
Biomedical / Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 1) Yes 51%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 1) Yes 13%
Design (Level 1) Yes 31%
Communication (Level 1) 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.