BMET9903: Biomedical Physics (2021 - Semester 1)

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Unit: BMET9903: Biomedical Physics (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Biomedical Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Martinez Martin, David
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: BMET2903.
Brief Handbook Description: This UoS offers essential knowledge of physics for applications in biomedical engineering, medicine and medical sciences. The UoS will cover fundamentals concepts of electromagnetism, optics and quantum physics - these concepts are becoming rapidly relevant and vital with new and emerging technologies in the biomedical and health sector. It is imperative for the next generation of biomedical engineers and healthcare providers to develop a strong foundational knowledge in these concepts in the context of biomedicine.

The knowledge provided by this UoS is intended to prepare the students to be able to understand pivotal technologies used in medical research and the medical clinic, such as fluorescence based imaging, nuclear magnetic resonance, magnetotherapy.
Assumed Knowledge: 1000-level mathematics: linear algebra, statistics, single and multivariable calculus
Lecturer/s: A/Prof Kuncic, Zdenka
Timetable: BMET9903 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 3.00 1 10
2 Tutorial 1.00 1 10
3 Laboratory 4.00 1 3
4 Independent Study 6.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Tutorial: One hour of Tutorial per week. Students complete Tutorials with Tutor assistance based on material covered in lectures.

Laboratory: Three laboratory sessions. Each session will be four hours. During the laboratory sessions the students will work on experimental setups to put into practise and better understand the concepts covered during the unit. The lab sessions will provide additional knowledge about experimental work and instrumentation.

Independent Study: Students will require to work on the material covered in lectures to get a better understanding of the course content. The use of text books and other resources is advisable.

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
During lectures and tutorials the students will be trained in math methods required to describe and understand fundamental concepts of electromagnetism, optics and quantum physics.

Lab sessions will be used to provide hands-on experience to the students as well to advance their knowledge of experimental scientific methods and instruments
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 2)
Guided by lectures, tutorials and lab sessions, the students will develop an important understanding of the underlying physics used in biomedical technologies and applications. (2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3)
The students will develop their creativity, analytical thinking and problem solving skills by modelling and calculating solutions to theoretical questions, as well as by mounting, developing and analysing experimental setups. These activities will be fostered during lectures, tutorials, lab sessions and assessments. (3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3)
The nature of the content will bring together concepts from different disciplines including physics, biology and medicine, stimulating the development of an interdisciplinary vision. The students will work with multidisciplinary concepts at both, theoretical and experimental level throughout lectures, tutorials and lab sessions. (5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 3)
During the lab sessions the students will mount and perform experiments which will lead to experimental data. Through the analysis of such data, the students will get familiar with experimental uncertainties and will develop the capacity to interpret the data and extract useful information. Moreover, in teams, the students will prepare and present orally a selection of the data acquired during the lab sessions, which will help them to effectively interpret and communicate results. (6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3)
The students will perform the lab sessions in small groups. Moreover, as part of such teams, they will need to analyse and present orally a selection of the acquired data. Through these activities the students will develop the ability to coordinate small projects as well as teamwork skills. (7) 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.

(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3)
1. Effectively interpret and communicate the significance of experimental results and analyses, including an adequate interpretation of inaccuracies.
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3)
2. Develop interpersonal skills and project management competences to collaborate as part of a team to solve theoretical and experimental problems in biomedical physics.
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 3)
3. Understand and describe the value of different perspectives and disciplines, as well as the need of multidisciplinary approaches to productively address scientific and technological challenges
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3)
4. Understand and employ physical concepts of electromagnetism, optics and quantum physics with emphasis in biomedical applications.
5. Develop hands-on experience in an experimental setting to evaluate underlying principles of instrumentation used in biomedical engineering
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3)
6. Modelling and calculating of solutions to problems involving electromagnetism, optics and quantum physics principles.
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 2)
7. Apply mathematical techniques comprising infinitesimal calculus and linear algebra to model and calculate systems related to electromagnetism, optics and quantum physics
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Electromagnetism Quiz No 5.00 Week 3 3, 4,
2 Optics Quiz No 5.00 Week 7 3, 4,
3 Experimental lab work Yes 30.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
4 Lab work presentations Yes 20.00 Week 13 1, 2, 6,
5 Final exam No 40.00 Exam Period 4, 6, 7,
Assessment Description: Electromagnetism Quiz: A paper based quiz covering lecture and tutorial material on electromagnetism.

Optics Quiz: A paper based quiz covering lecture and tutorial material on Optics.

Experimental lab work: In laboratory assessment based on questions and experimental work.

Lab work presentations: Short presentations describing the work done in one of the block lab sessions.

Final exam: Written final exam covering the whole course material. The exam will include calculation questions.
Assessment Feedback: Feedback will be provided on Canvas.
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.
  • College Physics: A strategic approach
  • Physics for Scientist and Engineers Extended Version

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

Week Description
Week 1 Lecture/Tutorial: Introduction to the unit. Introduction to electrostatics
Week 2 Lecture/Tutorial: Electric fields, electric potential, Gauss's law, magnetic fields
Week 3 Lecture/Tutorial: Interactions of magnetic and electric fields
Assessment Due: Electromagnetism Quiz
Week 4 Lab: Electromagnetism
Week 5 Lecture/Tutorial: Principles of geometrical optics
Week 6 Lecture/Tutorial: Introduction to lasers, gaussian optics and wave optics
Week 7 Lecture/Tutorial: Optics applications
Assessment Due: Optics Quiz
Week 8 Lab: Optics
Week 9 Lecture/Tutorial: Origin and fundaments of Quantum Physics
Week 10 Lecture/Tutorial: Spin, angular momentum, photoelectric effect and other quantum phenomena
Week 11 Lecture/Tutorial: Applications of quantum physics
Week 12 Lab: Quantum physics
Week 13 Lecture/Tutorial: Revision of concepts
Assessment Due: Lab work presentations
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
Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical) 2021, 2022, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Engineering 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Biomedical) 2019, 2020

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3) Yes 11%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3) Yes 11%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 2) No 0%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 3) Yes 8%
(4) Design (Level 3) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3) Yes 36%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3) Yes 23%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 2) Yes 11%

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.