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BMET2901: Anatomy and Physiology for Engineers

Semester 2, 2020 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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.

Unit details and rules

Unit code BMET2901
Academic unit Biomedical Engineering
Credit points 6
(AMME1960 OR BMET1960 OR ENGG1800 OR ENGG1960 OR AMME1961 OR [BIOL1xxx]) AND [6cp 1000-level Chemistry]
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Colin Dunstan,
Lecturer(s) Colin Dunstan,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Open book) Type C final exam Final exam
Open book exam with written answers to 4 questions
30% Formal exam period 1.5 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4 LO5
Presentation group assignment Group Presentation
Group presentation on an assigned scenario
25% Multiple weeks 20 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment Laboratory report
Laboratory report following each practical class
25% Multiple weeks 2-3 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment Individual essay
Essay based on research of assigned topic
20% Week 07
Due date: 16 Oct 2020 at 23:00
1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4 LO5
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type C final exam = Type C final exam ?

Assessment summary

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week -03 Skeletal anatomy Practical (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 01 Introductory anatomy and bone tissue Lecture (2.5 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 02 Bone cells and bone diseases Lecture (2.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5
Week 03 Cartilage and joints Lecture (2.5 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 04 Muscle tissue and muscles Lecture (2.5 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 05 1. Neural tissue; 2. CNS, PNS, ANS Lecture (2.5 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Muscle anatomy Practical (2 hr) LO3 LO4
Week 06 1. Anatomy of the heart and blood vessels; 2. Homeostasis Lecture (2.5 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 07 Respiratory anatomy and histology Lecture (2.5 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 08 CVS physiology Lecture (2.5 hr) LO1 LO4 LO5
Week 09 1. Respiratory physiology; 2. CVS physiology Lecture (2.5 hr) LO1 LO4 LO5
Week 10 Respiratory physiology Lecture (2.5 hr) LO2 LO4 LO5
Cardiovascular anatomy Practical (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 11 1. Renal anatomy; 2. Renal physiology Lecture (2.5 hr) LO4 LO5
Cardiovascular physiology Practical (2 hr) LO4 LO5
Week 12 Respiratory physiology Practical (2 hr) LO2 LO4 LO5

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Library eReserve, available on Canvas.

  • Martini, FH, Nath, JL, Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology (9th). Pearson Education, 2009.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. report findings of given assignment illustrating an effect of disease on the body's anatomy and physiology in a group oral communication
  • LO2. determine how a biomedical engineering device affects the normal anatomy and function of the body
  • LO3. identify the gross anatomical features of the human body
  • LO4. describe the normal function of the major body systems (nervous, circulatory, respiratory, musculoskeletal, and renal)
  • LO5. determine how major body functions relate to cellular function.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

Practical classes have been reviewed to make the content more relevant

Work, health and safety

Anatomy Laboratory entry requires closed shoes, lab coats and rubber gloves to be worn at all times


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