Biomedical Engineering Design Project

Subject BMEN90017 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours(1 x three hour workshop per week)
Total Time Commitment:

400 hours


Prerequisites for this subject are:

  • BMEN90020 Biomedical Design and Regulation AND
  • At least four 9-level Master of Engineering (Biomedical) electives


Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Assoc Prof David Grayden


Subject Overview:


This subject involves undertaking a major design project, requiring independent investigation in a team context to produce an advanced biomedical engineering design in a timely and professional manner. Examples of possible design problems include the development of a pacemaker and sensor, development of new methods for delivering personalized medical treatments, and a new device for interfacing with the brain. In addition to written reports, students will present their findings in an oral presentation format.


Topics include:

System-level device descriptions, component interface specifications, regulatory bodies and biomedical device approval processes, intellectual property, component specifications, biomaterials and biocompatibility, manufacturing specifications, economic analyses.

This subject has been integrated with the Skills Towards Employment Program (STEP) and contains activities that can assist in the completion of the Engineering Practice Hurdle (EPH).

Learning Outcomes:


Having completed this unit the student should be able to:

  1. Work as part of an interdisciplinary team to complete a technical project;
  2. Develop a range of strategies and choose a preferred strategy that satisfies performance, safety, regulatory, economic and sustainability requirements;
  3. Undertake the technical computations required to justify the design solution;
  4. Write a technical report and/or design specifications;
  5. Present their work to the class;
  6. Assess the work of their peers.


Three components follows:

  • An oral presentation held in week 4 (worth 15%);
  • A group report of 2500 words per student, due in week 8 (worth 25%);
  • An individual report of 6000 words, due in week 12 (worth 60%).

Hurdle requirement: An aggregate mark of 50% or more and a mark of 50% or more in the individual report is required to pass the subject.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 are assessed in the oral exam and group report asses. ILOs 1, 2, 3 and 4 are assessed in the submitted individual report. ILO 5 is assessed by the oral presentation.

Prescribed Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance
  • Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member
  • Understanding of the principles of sustainable design and development
  • Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning
  • Openness to new ideas and unconventional critiques of received wisdom


The subject is delivered through workshop classes that include lecture classes, teamwork activities and research consultations.


Students are provided with lecture slides and design notices.


Exposure to biomedical engineering design, regulations and standards through guest lectures.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Master of Engineering (Biomedical)

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