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AMME3660: Biomanufacturing (2018 - Semester 1)

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Unit: AMME3660: Biomanufacturing (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Prof Suaning, Gregg
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: MECH2400 OR ENGG1960 OR AMME1960 OR ENGG1800 OR MECH1560.
Prohibitions: MECH3660.
Brief Handbook Description: The unit aims to teach the fundamentals of biomedical manufacturing processes, including traditional and advanced manufacturing technologies.

This unit aims to develop the following attributes: to understand the fundamental principles of biomedical manufacturing approaches; to gain the ability to understand and select appropriate manufacturing processes and systems for biomedical applications; to develop ability to create innovative new manufacturing technologies for medical bionics and other applications in biomedical engineering; to develop ability to invent new manufacturing systems suitable for biomedical engineering implementation.

At the end of this unit students will have a good understanding of the following: merits and advantages of individual manufacturing processes and systems used in the fabrication of medical devices and products that support human health and well-being; principles of developing new technologies for biomedical engineering applications; comprehensive applications and strategic selection of manufacturing processes and systems within the regulatory landscape of biomedical manufacturing.

Unit content will include:

Materials Processing: An introduction into the use of joining, moulding, and other manufacturing processes.

Rapid Prototyping: An introduction into the most current prototyping methods currently in use.

Manufacturing Processes: Common processes and their science (machining, moulding, sintering, materials processing, joining processes) and their relative merits and limitations.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Tutor/s: Christine Poon - Tutor

Freddy Santiago Caro Diaz - Tutor

Musharraf Hossain - Neural Stimulator Fabrication Demonstrator

Fred Westling - Robot Laboratory Demonstrator
Timetable: AMME3660 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 2 13
2 Tutorial/Workshop 1.00 1 12
3 Robot Surgery - Eggectomy 2.00 1 1
4 Neural Stimulator Manufacturing 2.00 1 1
5 Rapid Prototyping - Body Parts 2.00 1 1
6 Independent Study 5.00 13

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
Design of manufacturing processes in the fabrication of medical devices. Design (Level 3)
Understanding of the common manufacturing processes and essential skills in planning the manufacture of a product intended for use in healthcare. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
Participation in team assignments. Project and Team Skills (Level 3)

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.

Project and Team Skills (Level 3)
1. Ability to contribute to effective team processes.
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
2. Understanding the fundamental principles of manufacturing technologies for biomedical engineering.
3. Familiarity with quality management principles in biomedical manufacturing.
Design (Level 3)
4. Ability to determine functional requirements of a product in terms of its application and suitability, etc.
5. Ability to determine the basic manufacturing considerations necessary to realise the function, including the selection of materials and the manufacturing method, taking into account the strength, reliability and intended use in the provision of healthcare.
6. Ability to discuss the merits and disadvantages of individual manufacturing methods in the context of suitability of use in biomedical engineering of devices.
7. Ability to discuss the major problems in the current manufacturing practice and your suggestions to overcome or improve them. Students are encouraged to do an investigation which may include a visit to a manufacturer or laboratory within the university that carries out manufacturing operations.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Quiz 1: Quality, Processes, Design & Automation* No 20.00 Week 5 (Monday, 11 am) 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
2 Assignment 1: Quality Management / Automation* Yes 10.00 Week 6 (Friday, 11 pm) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
3 Quiz 2 – Biomanufacturing / Automation* No 20.00 Week 9 (Tuesday, 11 am) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
4 Assignment 2 - Biomanufacturing / Automation* Yes 10.00 Week 9 (Friday, 11 pm) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
5 Quiz 3 - Nano and Biomanufacturing* No 20.00 Week 13 (Tuesday, 11 am) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
6 Assignment 3 - Nano and Biomanufacturing* Yes 10.00 Week 13 (Friday, 11 pm) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
7 Rapid Engineering Laboratory Group Report Yes 5.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 5, 6, 7,
8 Robotic Surgery Group Report Yes 5.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 5, 6, 7,
Assessment Description: * indicates an assessment task which must be repeated if a student misses it due to special consideration.


Three group assignments (a minimum of three and a maximum of 4 students) are carried out over the semester:

Assignment 1 is in two parts. Part A focuses on the assembly of a printed circuit board (PCB) and a description of the processes that follows quality management principles, Part B focuses on automation using LabView.

Assignment 2 is in two parts. Part A focuses on various manufacturing processes, Part B focuses on automation using LabView.

Assignment 3 focuses on manufacturing using Composite methods and Nano Manufacturing.

All Assignments will be submitted online (method to be advise) and all written material is subject to scanning for appropriate referencing using, for example, Turnitin.


The unit has three quizzes that cover approximately one-third of the semester each. Each quiz may contain questions relating to any aspect of the unit up to and including the week prior to the quiz. Quizzes may cover material that includes assignments, laboratories, tutorials and lecture content.


There are three laboratories scheduled during the semester. All of these are compulsory and are to be attended at the scheduled time according to each student's individual timetable.

The first laboratory, Neural Stimulator Manufacturing, is the basis for Part A of Assignment 1.

The second laboratory involves the rapid engineering of moulded body parts and the outcome of which will be presented in a video.

The third laboratory involves robotic surgery - an egg-ectomy where a robot is used to extract an egg from the abdomen of a mannequin. The outcome will be presented in a video.
Assessment Feedback: Assessment feedback is by way of written comments on a marking sheet. Every effort will be made to provide feedback within two weeks of assessment submission. Students are advised that due to the varying workloads of the markers this may not be achievable in all cases.

General feedback will also be provided during the lecture and individual feedback as needed can be provided in scheduled meetings upon request.
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: 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.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
  • Biomanufacturing
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.

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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 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
Project and Team Skills (Level 3) Yes 15%
Professional Conduct (Level 2) No 0%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3) Yes 36%
Design (Level 3) Yes 49%

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.