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AMME1961: Biomedical Engineering 1B (2018 - Semester 2)

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Unit: AMME1961: Biomedical Engineering 1B (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Junior
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr RAMASWAMY, Yogambha
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
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. AMME1961 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 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: CHEM1101 is scheduled for semester 1 Year 1 and AMME1961 for Semester 2 Year 1. Students should ideally ensure that they follow this schedule.
Lecturer/s: Dr RAMASWAMY, Yogambha
Timetable: AMME1961 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 12
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 in week 9 and 10

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
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. Engineering/IT Specialisation (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. A general understanding of the cell biology and the functions of their inbuilt cellular components, and their applications in biomedical engineering.
2. A general understanding of the biomedical engineering principles and integrating them to human organ and tissue structures
3. A practical understanding of gene sequencing and gene therapy and their advantages and disadvantages in the field
4. A general understanding of medical imaging techniques and their applications in the field of biomedical engineering
5. A general introduction to stem cell biology and bioethics
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Final Exam No 40.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
2 Group presentation Yes 15.00 Week 9 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
3 Quiz 1 No 10.00 Week 6 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
4 Quiz 2 No 10.00 Week 12 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
5 Laboratory No 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3,
6 Theory of Practical Quiz No 10.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3,
7 Participation No 5.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
Assessment Description: 40% Final Exam - to be held during the exam period

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

20% Quizzes - 10% per quiz, to be held in the week 6/12 tutorials

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

5% Participation - attendance and participation in tutorials and labs

The exam will be a 2 hour closed-book exam which will assess all of the lecture content.

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

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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 100%

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.