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BMET5958: Nanoscale Biomedical Diagnostics

Semester 1, 2023 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

Nanoscale Biomedical Diagnostics will provide a comprehensive introduction to the foundation of Nanotechnology for application in biomedical diagnostics and of the recent progress in nanobiosensor technologies and their application to medicine. Focus will be placed in providing the tools for understanding the physical and chemical mechanisms underlying the working principles of nanoscale biosensors. Nanodimensionality and biomimetics holds the potential for significant improvements in the sensitivity, selectivity and biocompatibility and thereby open up new routes in clinical diagnostics, personalized health monitoring and therapeutic biomedical devices.

Unit details and rules

Unit code BMET5958
Academic unit Biomedical Engineering
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge

(BMET2903 or BMET9903) and CHEM1111. Basic knowledge in physics, thermodynamics, chemistry and mathematics

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Antonio Tricoli,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Supervised exam
S12023 BMET5958 final exam
Summative assessment
40% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO2
Small continuous assessment Weekly assignment
Weekly continuous assignments for helping students to solve problems.
13% Multiple weeks continuous weeks
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3
Supervised test
Mid-term quiz
from 4 first weekly assessments
20% Week 07
Due date: 04 Apr 2023 at 16:00

Closing date: 04 Apr 2023
1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO2
Creative assessment / demonstration Scientific Article Discussion
Understanding (10 points) Presentation Skills (10 points) Q&A (7 points)
27% Week 09
Due date: 25 Apr 2023 at 16:00
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6

Assessment summary

  • 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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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.

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,

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 Introduction to nanoscale biomedical diagnostics Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Introduction to nanoscale biomedical diagnostics tutorials, final exam and weekly assignments Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
Week 02 Forces and mechanisms at the nanoscale Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO6
Forces and mechanisms at the nanoscale assignments Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 03 Synthesis of nanostructures Lecture (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO6
Synthesis of nanostructures weekly assignment Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 04 Nanoscale (bio)materials and surface modifications Lecture (2 hr) LO4 LO6
Nanoscale (bio)materials and surface modifications weekly assignment Tutorial (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 05 Nanostructures characterisation Lecture (2 hr) LO4 LO6
Nanostructures characterisation assignment Tutorial (2 hr) LO3 LO5
Week 06 Genomic based diagnostics Lecture (2 hr) LO4 LO6
Mid-term quiz Tutorial (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 07 Smart sensors Lecture (2 hr) LO4 LO6
Nanostructures synthesis and biosensors Science laboratory (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 08 Electrochemistry in nanoscale Lecture (2 hr) LO4 LO6
Science article presentation I Presentation (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 09 Single molecule and Raman-based biosensing Lecture (2 hr) LO4 LO6
Week 10 Commercial biomedical diagnostics Lecture (2 hr) LO3 LO5
Electrochemistry in nanoscale and single molecules sensing Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO5
Week 11 Article presentation Lecture (2 hr) LO2 LO4 LO5
Article presentation Tutorial (2 hr) LO2 LO4 LO5
Week 12 Clinical diagnostics challenges and opportunities Lecture (2 hr) LO3 LO6
Clinical and commercial biosensing weekly assignment Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 13 Lecture summary and perspective Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Final exam rehearsal Rehearsal (2 hr) LO5

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 about biomedical diagnostics.
  • 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. Deep learning and developing interdisciplinary skill set and knowledge from Engineering and Science e.g., Physics, (Electro) Chemistry, Biology, Nanotechnology and Medicine. Synthesise and apply this emerging nanoscale diagnostics knowledge to find a solution to real and case studies taken from current investigations, through different assessments including exams, tutorial assignments, seminars 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, biomaterials 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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