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BMET2901: Anatomy and Physiology for Engineers (2020 - Semester 2)

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Unit: BMET2901: Anatomy and Physiology for Engineers (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Intermediate
Faculty/School: School of Biomedical Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: A/Prof Dunstan, Colin
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: (AMME1960 OR BMET1960 OR ENGG1800 OR ENGG1960 OR AMME1961 OR [BIOL1xxx]) AND [6cp 1000-level Chemistry].
Prohibitions: MECH2901.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study provides the underpinning knowledge needed in biomedical engineering designs. The anatomic and physiological functional knowledge gained in this subject will enhance prototype development of biomedical designs. Students should gain familiarity with anatomical and physiological terms and their meaning, understanding of the gross anatomy of the major systems in the human body and their importance in the design of biomedical devices and understanding of the major physiological principles which govern the operation of the human body.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: A/Prof Dunstan, Colin
Timetable: BMET2901 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.50 1 13
2 Laboratory 2.00 1 6
3 Independent Study 8.00
T&L Activities: Lectures: 2.5 hours of lectures per week. 12 hours of laboratory work per semester.

Practical Work:

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 2)
1. Students will report findings of given assignment as an oral communication.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 2)
2. Determine how a biomedical engineering device affects the normal anatomy and function of the body.
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 2)
3. Identify the gross anatomical features of the human body
4. Describe the normal function of the major body systems (nervous, circulatory, respiratory, musculoskeletal, and renal)
5. Determine how these functions relate to cellular function
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Mid-Sem Exam No 20.00 Week 8 3, 4, 5,
2 Assignment presentations week 8, 9 OR 10 Yes 20.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
3 Final Exam No 60.00 Exam Period 3, 4, 5,
Assessment Description: Mid-semester exam (20%), Assignments and reports (20%), final exam (60%).
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.
Special Conditions to Pass UoS All assessments must be completed.
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.

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

Week Description
Week 1 Introductory Anatomy, Bone tissue
Week 2 Bone cells and bone diseases
Week 3 Cartilage and joints
Week 4 Muscle tissue and muscles
Week 5 Neural Tissue
Week 6 Anatomy of the Heart and Blood Vessels
Week 7 Respiratory anatomy, Respiratory Histology,
Week 8 CVS Physiology
Mid-Semester Exam
Assessment Due: Mid-Sem Exam
Week 9 CVS Physiology
Respiratory Physiology
Week 10 No lectures - public holiday
Week 11 Respiratory Physiology, Oral Presentations
Week 12 Sleep Physiology
Week 13 Renal Physiology
Renal Anatomy
STUVAC (Week 14) Free for independent study
Exam Period Final exam
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 2018, 2019, 2020
Biomedical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Biomedical 2018, 2019, 2020
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

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 2) No 4%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 2) No 0%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 2) No 0%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 2) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 2) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 2) No 4%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 2) No 0%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 2) No 91.99%

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.