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BMET5907: Orthopaedic and Surgical Engineering

2024 unit information

The aims and objectives of the UoS are: 1. To introduce the student to the details and practice of orthopaedic engineering; 2. To give students an overview of the diverse knowledge necessary for the design and evaluation of implants used in orthopaedic surgery; 3. To enable students to learn the language and concepts necessary for interaction with orthopaedic surgeons and the orthopaedic implant industry; 4. To introduce the student to the details and practice of other engineering applications in surgery, particularly in the cardiovascular realm.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:


Study level Postgraduate
Academic unit Biomedical Engineering
Credit points 6
MECH4902 OR MECH5907
Assumed knowledge:
Understanding of engineering mechanics, materials science, and human biology and anatomy

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

  • LO1. Have an understanding of the role played by engineering technology in surgery.
  • LO2. Do in depth literature review to underpin a design project.
  • LO3. Learn the language of orthopaedics and be able to present findings to a peer group at an advanced level.
  • LO4. Be acquainted with the physical properties of human bones and joints.
  • LO5. Understand how the skeleton functions as an engineering structure.
  • LO6. Learn the physical characteristics of the materials from which the musculoskeletal system is fabricated and be able to adapt basic engineering principles to the design and fabrication of prosthetic joints or to other devices used for replacement and repair of bones and joints.
  • LO7. Understanding of intellectual property and commercial exploitation.
  • LO8. Understand design control and regulatory requirements for orthopaedic implants.
  • LO9. Understand how to interact in the clinical environment as an engineer.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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