Course Title: Biomedical Engineering Design 4A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Biomedical Engineering Design 4A

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

OENG1103

City Campus

Undergraduate

125H Electrical & Computer Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

OENG1134

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Elena Pirogova

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3015

Course Coordinator Email: elena.pirogova@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 203-03-35 (Bundoora Campus)


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Completion of OENG1103 Research Methods for Engineers is an enforced requisite course.

You are also expected to have completed all courses from the first three years of your undergraduate program, including OENG1101/OENG1132 Biomedical Engineering Design 3A and OENG1102/OENG1133 Biomedical Engineering Design 3B.


Course Description

In fourth year Biomedical Engineering Design, development of advanced technical design skills together with integrated business and personal skills, will be continued through substantial project work. You will undertake a major individual design project and will practice professional levels of documentation, customer liaison and reporting. The projects will demand high levels of technical competence and organisational skills and will provide practice in exercising enterprise skills. Projects may be industry based. The project will be identified based on the combination of factors such as student preference, availability and skill set required.

You will be required to liaise with the academic supervisor and or biomedical engineer (clinician) on a weekly basis to promote successful completion of your project. Project progress will be regularly tracked and form part of the final assessment. You are expected to spend a minimum of ten (10) self-directed hours per week on the design project during each semester. The course also consists of an one (1) hour lecture (first six weeks) and a weekly one (1) hour workshop (weeks 2 - 7 only).

To gain entry into Biomedical Engineering Design 4B (OENG1104) you must obtain an overall course score of a credit (60) or above in Biomedical Engineering Design 4A (OENG1103) or have a cumulative GPA to date >= 2.0.

If your overall score in Biomedical Engineering Design 4A is below a credit level and a cumulative GPA to date of < 2.0, you will not be permitted to enrol in the course and will need to complete an additional SECE Technical Elective to satisfy the requirements of the degree.

If your overall score in Biomedical Engineering Design 4A is at least a credit average or a cumulative GPA >= 2.0, you will be permitted to undertake Biomedical Engineering Design 4B. Furthermore you are not permitted to overload your enrolment while undertaking Biomedical Engineering Design 4B.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information (www1.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=eyj5c0mo77631).


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours):

1.1 Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.

1.4 Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the biomedical engineering discipline.

1.5 Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.

1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary biomedical engineering practice in the specific discipline.

2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex biomedical engineering problem solving.

2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.

2.4 Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.

3.1 Ethical conduct and professional accountability.

3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.

3.3 Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.

3.4 Professional use and management of information, and issues of privacy and confidentiality of medical data.

3.5 Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.


On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Apply critical and creative thinking in the design/development of biomedical engineering projects products/processes.
  2. Plan and manage your time effectively.
  3. Consider the business context and commercial positioning of designed devices or systems.
  4. Apply knowledge of the ‘real world’ situations that a professional engineer can encounter.
  5. Utilise fundamental knowledge and skills in biomedical engineering and apply it effectively on a project.
  6. Design and develop a functional product/process prototype while working in a multidisciplinary team comprising of engineers, clinicians and medical staff, in a hospital environment.
  7. Undertake an engineering project under mentorship.
  8. Timely reflect on your own and peers’ technical and non-technical learning
  9. Communicate in oral or written form using the relevant terminologies with multidisciplinary team members often consists of engineers from different disciplines, doctors, nurses, researchers and administrators.


Overview of Learning Activities

The individual design project provides the backbone to this course. This is a project-based learning activity that will require you to exercise many of the skills required in engineering employment. Project work will help you to connect theory with practice. Project work must involve:

  • Weekly meetings with your academic supervisor recorded by meeting minutes with action points.
  • Detailed project plan with a comprehensive timeline and milestones.
  • Systematic documentation.
  • A comprehensive literature survey.
  • Actual hardware/software/presentation/documentation work required to produce the deliverables on time.

A series of design lectures will supplement the course and seek to guide you to important concepts and give you many practical hints relating to Engineering Design, workplace skills, seeking employment, graduate attributes and practical Engineering concepts. In addition, the workshops and reflective discussions will guide you through the project development.


Overview of Learning Resources

  • Lecture Notes as applicable (Blackboard, MyRMIT)
  • You will be expected to have access suitable computing equipment for system development. Required software will be made available where possible
  • Relevant specialised equipment and software will be made available in laboratories and for loan where possible
  • You are expected to tailor the scope of your project to resource availability
  • Course resources will be made available on-line as required


Overview of Assessment

☒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 (Leaning & Teaching).

This course is primarily assessed through your work contribution to a Major Project, project report and Journal (weekly meeting minutes with action points), detailed project plan with a comprehensive timeline and milestones, demonstration of project outcome and presentation. Marking criteria/rubrics available (Blackboard, MyRMIT).

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information (www1.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=eyj5c0mo77631).

Assessment tasks

Early Assessment Task:  Research/Design Proposal

Weighting 17.5%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3, 4

Assessment Task 2:  Project Abstract  

Weighting 2.5%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3, 4

Assessment Task 3: End of Semester Report

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLO 1,2,3,4,5,6

Assessment 4: End of Semester Project Seminar Presentation

Weighting 15%  

This assessment supports CLOs 5,6,7,8,9

Assessment 5: End of Semester Project Seminar Demonstration / Poster Presentation

Weighting 15%  

This assessment supports CLOs 5,6,7,8,9

Assessment 6: Professional Practice / Logbook

Weighting 10%  

This assessment supports CLOs 2,5,8