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Unit of study_

BMET5958: Nanotechnology in Biomedical Engineering

Nanotechnology in Biomedical Engineering will have a broad nanotechnology focus and a particular focus on the biophysics and electrical aspects of nanotechnology, as it relates to nanobiosensors and nanobioelectronics which represents a rapidly growing field in Biomedical Engineering that combines nanotechnology, electronics and biology with promising applications in bionics and biosensors. Nanodimensionality and biomimetics holds the potential for significant improvements in the sensitivity and biocompatibility and thereby open up new routes in clinical diagnostics, personalized health monitoring and therapeutic biomedical devices.


Academic unit Biomedical Engineering
Unit code BMET5958
Unit name Nanotechnology in Biomedical Engineering
Session, year
Semester 2, 2020
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Assumed knowledge

(MECH3921 OR BMET3921 OR AMME5921 OR BMET5921)

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Omid Kavehei,
Tutor(s) Steph Yee ,
Greg Watkins,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Open book) Type C final exam hurdle task Final Exam
40% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Presentation group assignment Research solution - Presentation
Presentation of problems and reviewed solutions
10% Multiple weeks Week 11, 12
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Tutorial quiz Quizzes
30% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment Research solution - Report
Report paper submission in IEEE two-column template, and format.
20% Week 12 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
hurdle task = hurdle task ?
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type C final exam = Type C final exam ?
  • In-class quizzes – during lecture or tutiral
  • Research solution – report and presentation
  • Final exam

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.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Information on late penalties can be found on Canvas,

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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The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

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

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Multiple weeks Various (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 01 Introduction / Nanoscience basics (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 02 Nanomaterials in bioelectronics (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 03 Nanomaterials in bioelectronics (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 04 Nanobiosensors (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 05 Nanobiosensors (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 06 Nanobiosensors (2 hr) LO2 LO4
Week 07 Nanoneuroelectrodes (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 08 Nanoneuroelectrodes (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 09 Nanoneuroelectrodes (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 10 Nanotoxicity, Nanobiosafety and Market analysis (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 11 Research solution presentations (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
Week 12 Research solution presentations (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6

Attendance and class requirements

  • It is recommended that all lectures are attended and that the opportunity is taken for questions and answers in the lecture. Lectures will be made avaiable online. See the Faculty resolutions for more information:
  • In-class quizzes will only be available during prescribed lecture or tutorial times, as notified during lectures.

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. Organise and discuss professional ideas in written, graphic and oral formats through assessments 1 (tutorial assignments), 2 (quizzes), 3 (exam) and 4 (Presentation/Seminar). Present basic analytical reporting by extracting information and identifying point where information is incomplete or conflicting with other resources.
  • LO2. Search, evaluate and manage multi-disciplinary information from various resources including lectures and research papers found in online data bases.
  • LO3. Develop critical judgement at a general level in the context of the application of nanotechnology in the biomedical engineering field, by applying the knowledge discussed in the lectures into the different assessments.
  • LO4. Learn and develop interdisciplinary skills and knowledge from Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Nanotechnology and Medicine. Synthesise and apply this knowledge to find a solution to real and case studies taken from current investigations, through the different assessments including exam, tutorial assignments, seminar and quizzes.
  • LO5. Practice problem solving and integration of the knowledge learned in lectures through tutorial practice and through the exam, quizzes, presentation/seminar and tutorial assignments that all include problem-solving and inventiveness through case studies.
  • LO6. Implement the knowledge acquired in the lectures on engineering principles, methods and materials in the disciplines of nanotechnology, bio-materials and biomedical engineering, by critically reviewing the development process and outcomes of a specific nano-biomedical electronic device.

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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