Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (ENGG1960)

UNIT OF STUDY

The purpose of this unit of study is to introduce students to the fundamentals of their chosen discipline: biomedical engineering. This involves lectures on the the medical device technology and key industry players in the medical device industry, fundamental human biology, engineering mechanics with a focus on the biomechanics of the human body, and the basics of biomedical design through engineering drawing. As well as this there will be a segment on introduction to the 5 majors for the BE Biomedical degree: Mechanical, Mechatronic, Chemical, Electrical, and IT. This will be achieved as follows:
1. Lectures introducing the various Biomedical Technologies in the global market, and under development, as well as the Biomedical Engineering Industry itself. This will help answer the questions "what is biomedical engineering and what are the job opportunities?"
2. Weekly lectures on the fundamentals of human biology and the key anatomical systems relevant to biomedical engineering to prepare students for MECH2901 Anatomy and Physiology for Engineers.
3. Weekly lectures and tutorial on engineering mechanics with a biomechanics and biomedical design focus to give students a good grounding in biomechanics which will serve as a fundamental knowledge for intermediate units in the field (Mechanical, Mechatronics majors) and to give all students a useful working grasp of engineering mechanics, the basis of biomechanics, as a pre-requisite for the senior core unit MECH4961 Biomechanics and Biomaterials (Chemical, IT, Electrical majors, and combined degree students).
4. Weekly lectures introducing the 5 BE Biomedical Majors: Mechanical, Mechatronic, Chemical, Electrical, and IT
5. Introductory lectures and computer tutorials on engineering drawing and design, which will serve as a fundamental knowledge for intermediate units in the field and to give students a useful working grasp of engineering drawing and design essential for all practising engineers (Chemical, IT, Electrical majors, and combined degree students) and as a pre-requisite for the senior core unit MECH3660 Manufacturing Engineering.
Strand 1: Introduction to Biomedical Engineering. This strand will comprise 8 hrs of lectures in weeks 1 and 2. The purpose is to develop for students an understanding of what Biomedical Engineering is, the range of medical devices and device manufacturers in the market today, an overview of biotechnology, and the key companies both local and multinational in the field. At the end of this component, students will have a clear understanding of what biomedical engineering is, current medical device technology on the market and the key manufacturers of these devices, and the biotechnology industry in terms of processes, products, and key companies involved.
Strand 2: Introduction to Human Biology. This strand will comprise 13 hrs of lectures as a weekly 1 hour lecture from week 1 to 13. It will provide an introduction to human anatomy and physiology. The first part of the strand involves a theoretical overview of cell and tissue structures. The second part of the strand gives a theoretical overview of specific relevant anatomical systems for biomedical engineers. Support and Movement: skeletal system and muscular system. Control Systems: nervous system. Regulation and Maintenance: cardiovascular system.
Strand 3: Biomechanics. This strand will comprise a weekly 2 hour lecture from weeks 3 to 9, and a 2 hour tutorial from weeks 3 to 9. The strand aims to provide students with an understanding of and competence in solving statics problems in engineering with a biomechanics focus. Tutorial sessions will help students to improve their group work and problem solving skills, and gain competency in extracting a simplified version of a problem from a complex situation. Emphasis is placed on the ability to work in 3D as well as 2D, including the 2D and 3D visualization of structures and structural components, and the vectorial 2D and 3D representations of spatial points, forces and moments.
Strand 4: Introduction to the BE Biomedical Majors: Mechanical, Mechatronic, Chemical, Electrical, and IT. This strand will involve 8 hrs of lectures in weeks 10-13
Strand 5: Biomedical design: Introduction to engineering design and drawing. This strand also involve 8 hrs of lectures on Engineering Drawing in weeks 10-13 and CAD (computer-aided-design) supplemented by laboratories working on actual CAD designs.

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Classes

Lectures 3 hrs/week; Tutorial 2 hrs/week.

Assessment

Through semester assessment (65%) Final Exam (35%)

Faculty/department permission required?

No

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

HSC extension 1 Math

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