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BMET5907: Orthopaedic and Surgical Engineering

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.


Academic unit Biomedical Engineering
Unit code BMET5907
Unit name Orthopaedic and Surgical Engineering
Session, year
Semester 2, 2020
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

MECH4902 OR MECH5907
Assumed knowledge

(AMME2302 OR AMME9302 OR AMME1362) AND (MECH2901 OR BMET2901 OR AMME9901 OR BMET9901) AND (MECH3921 OR BMET3921 OR AMME5921 OR BMET5921) Basic concepts in engineering mechanics - statics; dynamics; and solid mechanics. Basic concepts in materials science; specifically with regard to types of materials and the relation between properties and microstructure. A basic understanding of human biology and anatomy.

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Zufu Lu,
Lecturer(s) Gregory Roger ,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Tutorial quiz Quizzes
20% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Presentation Presentation/seminar
40% Week 08 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Report
40% Week 12 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
  • Presentation/seminar: A class presentation, on a topic of choice chosen at start of semester.
  • Report: An in-depth literature review on a topic of choice chosen at start of semester.
  • Quizzes: 4 quizzes during the semester (dates to be advised in class).
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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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.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

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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.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Course overview, anatomy review, bone and joints Lecture (3 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 02 Principles of artificial joint replacement, specifics of knee and hip implants Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 03 Implant design, manufacturing and instrumentation Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO6
Week 04 Design control and regulatory aspects of orthopaedic innovation Lecture (3 hr) LO8
Week 05 Vascular Product Development and Design Considerations. Corporate impacts. Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO6
Week 06 Case Studies of Design in Orthopaedics and the impact on whole of team imperatives. 3 Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO5
Week 07 Spinal Implant Considerations Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO6
Week 08 Class presentations Presentation (3 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 09 Review of Class Presentations and commentary on the route to successful commercialisation Lecture (3 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 10 Plastic Surgery design issues and practices Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 11 Intellectual Property and its commercial use Lecture (3 hr) LO7
Week 12 Review of course, discussion of class presentations and assignments Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8

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. 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 orthopedic implants.

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
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