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Biomedical Engineering 1A - AMME1960

Year - 2018

Biomedical Engineering 1A introduces students to the biomedical engineering discipline of study and profession. Initial lectures will introduce the various Biomedical Technologies in the global market, and currently under development, as well as the Biomedical Engineering Sector itself. It will address the question: "what is biomedical engineering and what are the career opportunities?". The healthcare sector will be outlined, including the roles of hospitals and clinics and how these are anticipated to evolve in the future. A virtual tour of a hospital with a focus on engineering-relevant areas will be provided. Students will be required to research and present a short overview of the background, capabilities, facilities, and specializations for a select hospital or clinic in the Sydney region. Biomed design projects will be set up to provide students the opportunity to get hands-on experience in "lean start-up" teams. The semester-long projects will provide students with the opportunity to learn and practice how to effectively develop then propose innovative biomedical engineering solutions that address defined health needs and market opportunity. Succinct project reports and presentations with technical basis and specifications will be generated to be accessible to broad audiences. The projects will be presented by the teams at an innovation competition with industry guests at the end of semester. Subsequent lecture content will introduce biomedical engineering design background to support teams in their project objectives: - The approach to developing the innovation case to address specific health needs. - The ISO standard background to designing and developing medical devices and technologies. - Defining design requirements, specifying risks, and managing design risk. - Generating engineering specifications including drawing and CAD methods. - Materials selection accounting for design constraints and manufacturing specifications. - Prototyping and manufacturing guidelines along with medical device regulatory constraints Lectures will be reviewed and assessed in tutorials to provide opportunity for regular feedback. A Manufacturing Technology Workshop (worth 40% of this unit's assessment mark) provides an overview of a range of processes related to the design and manufacture of components through hands-on experience. Manufacturing Technology practical work is undertaken in: (a) Hand tools, Machining. Students will gain an understanding of manufacturing processes used to fabricate engineering hardware, systems and solutions. Safety requirements: All students are required to provide their own personal protective equipment (PPE eg safety glasses, safety boots, hair net) and comply with the workshop safety rules provided in class. Students who fail to do this will not be permitted to enter the workshops. Approved industrial footwear must be worn, and long hair must be protected by a hair net. Safety glasses must be worn at all times. (b) Solid Modelling - the use of computer aided design (CAD) tools to model geometry and create engineering drawings of engineering components. (c) Microcontrollers - ubiquitous in modern engineered products - will be introduced through experiential learning with development kits. (d) Biomedical Manufacturing - 3D anatomic scans, 3D Printing and Templating, Biomedical Textiles, Clean processes, Packaging and Sterilization A map of subsequent course units, and areas of specialisation and majors available through the biomedical engineering program will be provided. The rationale and outcomes for each pathway will be discussed. Opportunities to address questions relating to program selection and ensuing career paths will be provided.

Lectures, Tutorials, Workshops

Through semester assessment (70%) and Final Exam (30%)

Assumed knowledge
HSC Mathematics Extension 1 (3 Unit)


ENGG1960 or ENGG1800 or CIVL1900 or CHNG1108 or AERO1560 or MECH1560 or MTRX1701


Faculty: Engineering and Information Technologies

Semester 1

05 Mar 2018

Department/School: Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Mar 2018
Unit of study level: Junior
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
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