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BMET5995: Advanced Bionics

The field of 'bionics' is one of the primary embodiments of biomedical engineering. In the context of this unit, bionics is defined as a collection of therapeutic devices implanted into the body to restore or enhance functions lost through disease, developmental anomaly, or injury. Most typically, bionic devices intervene with the nervous system and aim to control neural activity through the delivery of electrical impulses. An example of this is a cochlear implant which delivers electrical impulses to physiologically excite surviving neurons of the auditory system, providing the capacity to elicit the psychological perception of sound. This unit primarily focuses upon the replacement of human senses, the nature and transduction of signals acquired, and how these ultimately effect neural activity.

Code BMET5995
Academic unit Biomedical Engineering
Credit points 6
AMME5995 OR AMME5951 OR BMET5951
Assumed knowledge:
(ELEC1103 or BMET2902) and (BMET2922 or BMET9922)

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

  • LO1. understand and communicate the principles of operation of therapeutic neuromodulation (bionic) devices.
  • LO2. understand and communicate the application of bionic devices in a clinical context.
  • LO3. work together in small groups to carry out a prescribed task and present the outcomes in an oral, written or video format
  • LO4. create a printed circuit board with broad guidelines in the project definition thus allowing the student broad scope to include problem solving and inventiveness
  • LO5. produce functional software to serve a purpose in sensory or motor neuroprosthesis
  • LO6. design and construct a means of transferring energy across tissue without wires in the form of a printed circuit board and inductively-coupled circuitry to drive and assess a neurostimulation circuit
  • LO7. apply engineering principles to answer questions relating to implantable bionics in a quiz format
  • LO8. apply engineering principles to answer questions relating to implantable bionics in an examination format.