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BMET4981: Applied Biomedical Engineering

Semester 1, 2021 [Normal day] - Remote

This UoS will give students an understanding of CT/MRI based solid modelling, finite element methods, constitutive material models, design analysis and optimisation, experimental validation and their use in biomedical engineering. The students are expected to gain skills and experience with finite element software for the solution to sophisticated problems associated with biomedical engineering and experimentation techniques for the validation of these problems. The unit will take a holistic approach to the learning outcomes: an overview of typical biomedical design problems, an overview of finite element analysis software, a detailed look at finite element methods in biomedical applications, and a project-based learning approach to the development of a biomedical prosthesis. By the end of the unit, the students are expected to have familiarised themselves with design analysis, optimisation, and validation for biomedical engineering problems.

Unit details and rules

Unit code BMET4981
Academic unit Biomedical Engineering
Credit points 6
Prohibitions
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AMME4981 OR AMME9981 OR BMET9981
Prerequisites
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(ENGG1802 OR AMME1802) AND (MECH2400 OR BMET2400)
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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MECH3361 AND (MECH2400 OR BMET2400) AND (MECH2901 OR BMET2901) AND MECH3362 AND (MECH3921 OR BMET3921) AND AMME2301 AND (AMME1362 OR AMME2302) AND AMME2500

Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff

Coordinator Qing Li, qing.li@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment hurdle task Assignment 1
15% Week 06 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO7
Presentation hurdle task Presentation #1
10% Week 07 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Tutorial quiz Part A: Virtual Paper Question
This is a short quiz delivered in the week 12 lecture.
15% Week 12 1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO6 LO8 LO7
Online task Part B: Computer modelling
This computer modelling task will take place in the lecture time of week 12
25% Week 12 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO6 LO8 LO7
Assignment hurdle task Assignment 2
15% Week 12 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO7 LO8
Assignment hurdle task Report
10% Week 12 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Presentation hurdle task Presentation #2
10% Week 13 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
hurdle task = hurdle task ?

Assessment summary

  • Assignment 1: Biomechanics modelling and CT/MRI image processing.
  • Assignment 2: Biomechanics analysis and design optimisation.

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

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

 

Distinction

75 - 84

 

Credit

65 - 74

 

Pass

50 - 64

 

Fail

0 - 49

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

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

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 01 1. Introduction and overview; 2. Medical imaging Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO1 LO3 LO6
Week 02 Image processing and reconstruction Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO2 LO3 LO6 LO8
Week 03 Finite element techniques in biomedical engineering Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO2 LO6 LO8
Week 04 Modelling analysis in biomedical problems Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO3 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 05 Design optimisation for biomedical problems Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 06 Biomechanical modelling of musculoskeletal systems Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO1 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 07 #1 Presentation (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 08 Applied biomaterials Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO2 LO7 LO8
Week 09 Bone remodelling Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO3 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 10 Modelling of damage, fracture and healing Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO3 LO6 LO7
Week 11 Industry guest lecture Lecture and tutorial (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 12 Final quiz Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 13 #2 Presentation (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8

Attendance and class requirements

  • Assignment: Three mini-project based assignments are required throughout the whole session. These mini-projects will involve literature review in the specific topics given, conceptual design, design analysis, research and reporting.
  • Seminar: This unit of study will be structured as a product analysis and development project related to the biomedical industry. After some introductory lectures on the topics, students will form into groups of approximately 10, and each group will work on a specific biomedical design project following formal design protocols, including design analysis, regulatory considerations, and commercialisation/IP considerations. Each group is expected to meet at least one hour per week to discuss the project work. The groups will present two major seminars to the entire class and each student should deliver at least one presentation. The entire class will be engaged to question the presenters.

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.

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. demonstrate skills of technical report and seminar presentation and questioning
  • LO2. demonstrate skills in project management through weekly meetings and logbook
  • LO3. demonstrate knowledge of regulatory issues in biomedical product development
  • LO4. demonstrate knowledge of commercialisation strategies and IP protection in biomedical product development
  • LO5. demonstrate skills in teamwork, leadership and project management
  • LO6. demonstrate skills of biomedical engineering design analysis and research
  • LO7. demonstrate knowledge of materials selection in biomedical product development
  • LO8. demonstrate knowledge of biological response to mechanical loading, including remodelling and wound healing, in biomedical product development.

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
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9

Alignment with Competency standards

Outcomes Competency standards
LO1
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
3.1. An ability to communicate with the engineering team and the community at large.
3.2. Information literacy and the ability to manage information and documentation.
3.4. An understanding of and commitment to ethical and professional responsibilities.
3.6. An ability to function as an individual and as a team leader and member in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams.
5.9. Skills in documenting results, analysing credibility of outcomes, critical reflection, developing robust conclusions, reporting outcomes.
LO2
National Standard of Competency for Architects - AACA
1.2. Establishment, analysis and evaluation of client project requirements and objectives.
1.3. Assessment of project budget and timeframe against project requirements and objectives.
1.4. Identification of factors that may impact on client project requirements and objectives.
1.5. Knowledge of different procurement processes available and evaluation of the impact these have on the project.
1.7. Preparation of project brief for approval by client and relevant stakeholders.
6. Documentation: Documentation
LO3
National Standard of Competency for Architects - AACA
9.1. Knowledge and implementation of appropriate practice model to ensure efficient, effective and ethical professional service.
9.2. Knowledge and application of practice resources required to ensure efficient and effective professional service.
9.6. Knowledge and application of professional ethics and ethical practices in respect to practice management and provision of professional service.
9.7. Knowledge of legal and regulatory requirements and obligations in regard to architectural practice, practice management and registration as an architect.
9.9. Provision of independent and objective advice through all phases of professional practice.
LO4
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
4.6. Skills in operating within a business environment, organisational and enterprise management and in the fundamental principles of business.
LO5
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
3.1. An ability to communicate with the engineering team and the community at large.
3.6. An ability to function as an individual and as a team leader and member in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams.
LO6
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
1.1. Developing underpinning capabilities in mathematics, physical, life and information sciences and engineering sciences, as appropriate to the designated field of practice.
2.3. Meaningful engagement with current technical and professional practices and issues in the designated field.
4.2. Ability to use a systems approach to complex problems, and to design and operational performance.
4.3. Proficiency in the engineering design of components, systems and/or processes in accordance with specified and agreed performance criteria.
4.5. An ability to undertake problem solving, design and project work within a broad contextual framework accommodating social, cultural, ethical, legal, political, economic and environmental responsibilities as well as within the principles of sustainable development and health and safety imperatives.
5.6. Skills in the design and conduct of experiments and measurements.
LO7
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
5.3. Skills in the selection and characterisation of engineering systems, devices, components and materials.
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators -
Competency code Taught, Practiced or Assessed Competency standard
1.1 A Developing underpinning capabilities in mathematics, physical, life and information sciences and engineering sciences, as appropriate to the designated field of practice.
2.2 A Application of enabling skills and knowledge to problem solution in these technical domains.
2.3 A Meaningful engagement with current technical and professional practices and issues in the designated field.
2.4 A Advanced knowledge and capability development in one or more specialist areas through engagement with: (a) specific body of knowledge and emerging developments and (b) problems and situations of significant technical complexity.
3.1 A An ability to communicate with the engineering team and the community at large.
3.2 A Information literacy and the ability to manage information and documentation.
3.4 A An understanding of and commitment to ethical and professional responsibilities.
4.1 A Advanced level skills in the structured solution of complex and often ill defined problems.
4.2 A Ability to use a systems approach to complex problems, and to design and operational performance.
4.3 A Proficiency in the engineering design of components, systems and/or processes in accordance with specified and agreed performance criteria.
4.4 A Skills in implementing and managing engineering projects within the bounds of time, budget, performance and quality assurance requirements.
4.5 A An ability to undertake problem solving, design and project work within a broad contextual framework accommodating social, cultural, ethical, legal, political, economic and environmental responsibilities as well as within the principles of sustainable development and health and safety imperatives.
4.6 A Skills in operating within a business environment, organisational and enterprise management and in the fundamental principles of business.
5.2 A A commitment to safe and sustainable practices.
5.3 A Skills in the selection and characterisation of engineering systems, devices, components and materials.
5.4 A Skills in the selection and application of appropriate engineering resources tools and techniques, appreciation of accuracy and limitations;.
5.5 A Skills in the development and application of mathematical, physical and conceptual models, understanding of applicability and shortcomings.
5.6 A Skills in the design and conduct of experiments and measurements.
5.8 A Skills in recognising unsuccessful outcomes, sources of error, diagnosis, fault-finding and re-engineering.
5.9 A Skills in documenting results, analysing credibility of outcomes, critical reflection, developing robust conclusions, reporting outcomes.

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