Course Title: Bioelectromagnetism

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Bioelectromagnetism

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


125H Electrical & Computer Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015


City Campus


125H Electrical & Computer Engineering


Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015

Course Coordinator: Dr Dean Cvetkovic

Course Coordinator Phone: (03) 9925 9641

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 14, Level 10, Room 10A

Course Coordinator Availability: refer to information located on the notice board in front of 14.10.10A office

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To successfully complete this course, you should have the ability to solve fundamental problems in engineering, mathematics and physics. You are required to have successfully completed most of the year 2 or equivalent courses.

Course Description

In this course you will be encouraged to apply your knowledge of electrical and electromagnetic fields and properties to a human biological context. You will be exploring the electrical and electromagnetic field interaction with the biological tissues. You will also learn how to calculate, simulate and analyse various artificial electromagnetic fields and activity measured from the human body.

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 onward. See the WAM information web page for more information.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

     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.

At postgraduate level this course develops the following Program Learning Outcomes:

  • High level of technical competence in the field;
  • Apply problem solving approaches to engineering challenges.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Simulate and analyse the bio-impedance;
  2. Describe cochlear implant technology;
  3. Calculate and simulate the wireless inductive power transfer used for cochlear implant applications;
  4. Calculate and measure the parameters used for electric and magnetic field stimulation of the heart, nerves and brain;
  5. Simulate and analyse the radio frequency specific absorption rate from mobile phones;
  6. Relate the theory on electromagnetic field propagation in the human body to applications in the biomedical sciences and engineering;
  7. Explain magnetic resonance imaging principles and processes.

Overview of Learning Activities

This is a course where you will be actively engaged in modelling and measurement projects in the laboratory and on the web. Through hands on activities, projects and interactive web resources, you will be helped to make connections between your knowledge of electrical and electromagnetic fields and properties, and how this knowledge can be applied in a biomedical engineering context. Lectures will focus on demonstrations and the development of conceptual understanding. You will be supported with a structured learning guide which will provide a learning pathway through the content and provide learning check points for you to assess your learning achievements. You will also have access to a companion website which will provide additional interactive elements assisting you to assess your progress and levels of understanding throughout the course.

Overview of Learning Resources

For the course’s prescribed texts, reference books and other resources such as articles, refer to Part B of the Course Guide and the online learning resources accessible via myRMIT Studies.

All learning resources for this course are available on the blackboard university online system. These resources include:

  • Weekly step by step guidance how to proceed with your study;
  • Theoretical module including PDF document, explaining various topics and ideas;
  • Tutorial exercises including hand-written examples with solutions;
  • Laboratory assignment instruction module including written explanations, modeling and simulation using EMPro and Pspice software;
  • Laboratory and mini project assignment work has been designed to develop your team and communication skills through written reports and presentations;
  • Mini project work to develop your research skills.

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).

You will be assessed on your knowledge and skills demonstrated from the following deliverables:

Assessment Task 1: Laboratory (reports)
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6.

Assessment Task 2: Mini Project (report and presentation)
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7.

Assessment Task 3: Lecture Test (written)
Weighting 5%
This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3 & 4.

Assessment Task 4: Examination (written)
Weighting 50%
This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3, 4, 6 & 7.