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BMET9921: Biomedical Engineering Technology

Semester 1, 2020 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit of study provides an introduction to the field of biomedical engineering, from the point of view of the engineering and the global biomedical industry itself. After completion of this unit, students will have a clear understanding of what biomedical engineering is, both from the engineering perspective and the commercial/industry perspective.

Unit details and rules

Unit code BMET9921
Academic unit Biomedical Engineering
Credit points 6
MECH3921 OR BMET3921 OR AMME5921 OR BMET5921
Assumed knowledge

1000-level biology, 1000-level materials science and some engineering design

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Omid Kavehei,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Industry report
10% Multiple weeks About 2 pages.
Outcomes assessed: LO3
Assignment Logbook
25% Multiple weeks About 3-5 pages per fortnight.
Outcomes assessed: LO6 LO7
Online task Quiz 1
Canvas based quiz covering lecture material.
10% Week 06 30 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO9 LO8 LO6 LO4
Assignment group assignment Technical Design Report (Draft)
A draft technical report on the proposed technology solution.
5% Week 08 No maximum length.
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO9 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO2
Online task Quiz 2
Canvas based quiz covering lecture material.
10% Week 11 30 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO9 LO8 LO6 LO4
Presentation group assignment MedTech Innovation Presentations
A video presentation of the device design.
10% Week 13 4-10 minutes (to be confirmed)
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO8
Assignment group assignment Technical Design Report (final)
A technical report on the proposed technology solution.
25% Week 13 No maximum length.
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9
Assignment Peer Evaluation
5% Week 13 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO5
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

  • Quiz 1 and 2: Paper based quizes where students will answer questions covering lecture material.
  • Industry report: A report based on the industry events held during the semester, articulating industry needs and pathways for growth.
  • Logbook: Personal design logbook, which will be assessed fortnightly and at the end of the semester.
  • Technical Design Report: A detailed biomedical device design report, to be developed in a team. Submissions will be progressive. A progress report in Week 8 (worth 5%) will be used to provide feedback for the final report due in Week 13 (25%).
  • MedTech Innovation Presentation: A team seminar presenting the device design.
  • Peer Evaluation: Feedback from team members about the contribution of each individual.

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:

A late penalty of 5% of the maximum awardable marks will be applied per day (or part thereof). After 10 calendar days, work will not be marked and will receive a zero.

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
Multiple weeks Field trips to companies and other organisations in the medical technology and healthcare domain Field trip (3 hr) LO3
Week 01 Unit introduction and meeting your group Lecture (2 hr) LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 02 The design process Lecture (2 hr) LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 03 Regulatory, clinical, and ethical considerations Lecture (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO9
Week 04 Verification and validation Lecture (2 hr) LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 05 Special Activity Online class (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO8 LO9
Week 06 Quiz 1 Online class (1 hr) LO3 LO4 LO6 LO8 LO9
Week 07 Prototyping and scaling-up Online class (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 08 Intellectual property and commercialisation Online class (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO9
Week 09 Clinical readiness and deployment Online class (2 hr) LO2 LO4 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 10 Special Activity Online class (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO8 LO9
Week 11 Quiz 2 Online class (1 hr) LO3 LO4 LO6 LO8 LO9
Week 12 Trial Presentations Rehearsal (2 hr) LO1 LO7 LO8 LO9
Week 13 Final Presentations Presentation (2 hr) LO1 LO7 LO8 LO9
Weekly Group project: in-class time Project (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5
Group project: outside of class time Project (6 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5

Attendance and class requirements

Students are expected to attend a minimum of 90% of all timetabled activities.

See the Faculty resolutions for more information:

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.

Required readings

Students may find the following book to be a useful reference. 

Biodesign : the process of innovating medical technologies.

Yock, Paul G., editor.; Zenios, Stefanos A., editor.; Makower, Josh, editor.; Brinton, Todd J., editor.; Kumar, Uday N., editor.; Watkins, F. T. Jay, editor.; Denend, Lyn, author.; Krummel, Thomas M., editor.; 2015. 

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. present research to peers through seminars and group discussions
  • LO2. collaborate with project stakeholders from outside the engineering domain
  • LO3. understand the biomedical engineering industry both locally and globally
  • LO4. articulating the regulatory, legal, and ethical considerations in relation to biomedical device design and use (e.g. in clinical trials), as well as intellectual property issues
  • LO5. demonstrate the ability work cohesively in a team, integrating inputs from different sources in the pursuit of a design solution
  • LO6. understand and be able to plan the biomedical design process, including design iteration and testing protocols
  • LO7. create a detailed design brief for a biomedical device that addresses a specific problem, with reference to international standards
  • LO8. use evidence to justify methodological and design choices with reference to prior art
  • LO9. understand the therapeutic, rehabilitation, and clinical contexts in which biomedical devices are required to operate, and the role of regulation within these contexts.

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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