BMET9400: Biomechanical Design (2021 - Semester 2)

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Unit: BMET9400: Biomechanical Design (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Biomedical Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Prof Suaning, Gregg
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: MECH2400 OR BMET2400.
Brief Handbook Description: The ability to design within the context of biomedical engineering requires cross-disciplinary knowledge and an appreciation and application of professional engineering standards and ethics. This unit provides students the opportunity to experience the design process and to develop good engineering skills.

Students will build on skills and knowledge developed in prerequisite units and be introduced to standards and creative tools relevant to biomedical applications. The importance of standard engineering drawings in the communication and definition of parts and assemblies, the use of a CAD package to create them, and the importance and deeper understanding of standard components will be integral to the learning in this unit.

Students will also learn and use the design process from initial idea to finished product, and practice various methods used to generate creative solutions.
Assumed Knowledge: (ENGG1801 OR ENGG1810) AND ENGG1802. HSC Maths and HSC Physics
Tutor/s: TBA
Timetable: BMET9400 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 2 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 2 13
3 Laboratory 1.00 1 13
4 Independent Study 4.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Independent Study: Students will be required to do follow on research of material covered in lectures to get a better understanding of the course content.

Tutorial: Two hours of Tutorial per week. Students complete Tutorials with Tutor assistance based on material covered in lectures. Assistance with group assignments and the facilitation of group meetings is also provided by the Tutors and lecturer.

Laboratory: One hour of computer laboratory per week where assistance from Tutors is available in the use of CAD (SolidWorks) to assist in the successful completion of the set Tutorials.

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
Efficient use of a CAD package (By way of completion of tutorials during and outside of set laboratory times). (2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3)
Creativity and methods used to generate creative solutions and introduction to the design process from initial idea to finished product will be discussed and practiced in tutorials and applied in Assignment C.
5. Introduce basic standard methods used to analyse unique mechanical designs.
6. Appreciation and analysis of standard components (e.g. .... AS1100 Parts 101 and 201).
7. An understanding of power transmission elements (e.g. The Design of Rotating Steel Shafts to AS1404).
(4) Design (Level 3)
Appreciation of the need for and use of standard engineering drawings in the communication and definition of parts and assemblies (e.g. Producing Mechanical Engineering Drawings to AS1100 Parts 101 and 201) will be developed through lectures, class discussion and assignments. (6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (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.

(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3)
1. Discover information in lecturer provided sources and external, undefined sources to facilitate solutions to real-world engineering problems.
2. Communicate designs, processes and results in a format appropriate to the audience, using written and graphical communication methods.
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3)
3. Apply people and team skills to complete a small engineering project.
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 2)
4. Use engineering codes and Australian Standards in product design.
(4) Design (Level 3)
5. Apply design development and testing methods to develop a physical model that solves a well-defined engineering problem.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3)
6. Demonstrate freehand sketching and drafting practices to an Australian Standard.
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3)
7. Use idea generation methods and design analysis techniques to address an engineering problem.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment A* No 5.00 Week 3 6,
2 Assignment B# Yes 20.00 Week 6 2, 4, 7,
3 Quiz 1* No 20.00 Week 7 2, 6, 7,
4 Assignment C# Yes 20.00 Week 10 2, 4, 5, 6, 7,
5 Quiz 2* No 20.00 Week 13 2, 5, 7,
6 Assignment D# No 15.00 Week 13 2, 4, 7,
Assessment Description: * indicates an assessment task which must be repeated if a student misses it due to special consideration.

# indicates an assessment task which may be assessed at a later date if a student misses it due to a Special Consideration.

Assignment A: Freehand sketch to be completed during the allocated practical session.

Assignment B: Design and Creativity Assignment incorporating Design Creativity, Applied Forces and Stress Analysis. Assignment may be submitted as a Report or Video.

Quiz 1: Closed book, multiple choice and analysis based quiz focused on the material presented on the Lectures and Tutorials from Weeks 1 to 6.

Assignment C: Biomedical Design and Build Exercise. Assignment component may be submitted as a Report or Video.

Quiz 2: Closed book, multiple choice and analysis based quiz focused on the material presented on the Lectures and Tutorials from Weeks 7 to 13.

Assignment D: Biomedical Design: Strength and Power Transmission Analysis. Assignment D is submitted as a Spreadsheet and Report.
Assessment Feedback: Assessment feedback is provided by;

1. In written form with the returned assessment by the Tutor.

2. In verbal form during the lectures after the assessment has been handed back by the Unit of Study Coordinator.

3. In person when needed by the Unit of Study Coordinator.
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.
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: Additional online and library available material may be noted to you by the lecture during certain weeks.

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

Week Description
Week 1 Lecture/Tutorial: Orthogonal Projections
Lecture/Tutorial: Free Hand Sketching
Week 2 Lecture/Tutorial: Detail and Assembly Drawing Requirements to AS1100 Parts 101 and 201
Lecture: Biomedical 3D Scanning and Imaging - Guest Lecture
Week 3 Lecture/Tutorial: Tolerancing - Dimensional and Geometric
Assessment Due: Assignment A*
Week 4 Lecture/Tutorial: Biomedical Specifications + Drawing Analysis
Lecture/Tutorial: Revision
Week 5 Lecture/Tutorial: Design and Creativity, Mechanical Properties of Biomaterials
Lecture/Tutorial: Applications and Applicability of Design Methods in the Creativity Process
Week 6 Lecture/Tutorial: Design of Biomedical Fastener Connections
Lecture/Tutorial: Revision
Assessment Due: Assignment B#
Week 7 Lecture/Tutorial: Biomedical Industrial / Human Centered Design
Assessment Due: Quiz 1*
Week 8 Lecture/Tutorial: Biomedical Risk Minimisation Design and Preventative Testing
Lecture/Tutorial: Risk Management Process
Week 9 Lecture/Tutorial: Biomedical Product Design and Failure Analysis Methods
Lecture/Tutorial: Revision
Week 10 Lecture/Tutorial: Introduction to Biological Design - Human Integration
Lecture/Tutorial: Introduction to Biomedical Manufacturing and Quality Control
Assessment Due: Assignment C#
Week 11 Lecture/Tutorial: Analysis of Testing Data - Feedback to Improved Biomedical Designs
Lecture/Tutorial: Introduction to Human Integrated Low Power Systems
Week 12 Lecture/Tutorial: Biomedical Design for Reliability + Case Studies
Lecture/Tutorial: Introduction to the FDA Process
Week 13 Lecture: Revision
Lecture: Biomedical Design Case Study Reviews + Further Biomedical UOS Integration
Assessment Due: Quiz 2*
Assessment Due: Assignment D#

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Engineering 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Biomedical) 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical) 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3) Yes 23.9%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3) No 0%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 2) No 11.95%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 3) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 3) Yes 5.4%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3) Yes 12.4%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3) No 14.95%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 2) No 0%

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.