Course Title: Cardiovascular Engineering

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Cardiovascular Engineering

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Francisco Tovar Lopez

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5279

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Completion of the following courses:
• Engineering Mechanics (MIET2097)
• Human Physiology 1, Body Systems (BIOL2043)
• Limb and Trunk Anatomy (BIOL2274)

Course Description

This course provides you with theoretical and practical background for working in the medical device industry, specialised on cardiovascular implants and systems, as well as ECG. The course equips you with the necessary design and analytical skills for developing cardiovascular devices, implants and ECG equipment. The course introduces you to the medical device market, advanced biomaterials engineering, innovation and patenting, regulations and certifications, fluid mechanics, disorders of the cardiovascular system and implant optimisation. The course covers the design, modelling and mechanics of heart valves, vascular grafts and implants (such as stents), artificial heart pumps and assistive pumping devices, as well as circuitry design and signal processing of ECG devices.       

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes:
1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject you should be able to:
1. Design and analyse cardiovascular implants,
2. Model components of the cardiovascular system, and
3. Apply biomaterials in the design of medical devices
4. Apply knowledge of basic sciences and maths;
5.  Apply basic principles of pathological cardiac mechanics and biomaterial engineering;
6.  Apply engineering principles to design implants;

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities for this course include face-to-face lectures, tutorials and laboratory experiments. The basic theoretical background will be explained in the lectures and various real-world engineering problems will be discussed and analysed in the lectures and tutorials. The basic principles will also be demonstrated and reinforced through the laboratory experiments.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access course information and learning materials through RMIT University’s online learning system (Blackboard).
Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided.

Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.
☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment tasks

Assessment Task 1: Mid-semester test
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 2: Final exam
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Assessment Task 3: Laboratory reports
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Assessment 4: Major assignment
Weighting 15% 
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Assessment 5: Homework problems
Weighting 10% 
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4