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 Mathematics A MATH2160
  • Physics 1 PHYS2082
  • Mechanics and Materials MIET2419
  • Mathematics for ECE MATH2161


Course Description

This course provides you with theoretical and practical background for working in the field of cardiovascular engineering. You will learn fundamentals aspects to design and simulate devices minimising platelet activation, thrombus formation and haemolysis. The course covers fundamental aspects on fluid mechanics, disorders of the cardiovascular system and device optimisation. The course prepares you with the necessary design and analytical skills for creating most of the cardiovascular devices in the medical industry from: implants such as cannulas, heart values, vascular grafts, stents, to Electro-Cardiogram Devices, pacemakers and defibrillators, as well as some basic instruments used currently in cardiovascular research. 

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. Apply knowledge of basic sciences and maths
  2. Model components of the cardiovascular system
  3. Design and analyse cardiovascular implants
  4. Apply tools for cardiovascular devices 
  5. Apply engineering design to cardiovascular devices
  6. Apply biomedical instrumentation on cardiovascular engineering


Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities for this course include face-to-face lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions. 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 sessions.

Student learning occurs through the following experiences and evaluation processes: 
Weekly lectures
Weekly laboratories
Weekly tutorials

This course in particular relies on regular work at home in your own time. It will be very useful to study on your own computer, though labs will be open for those without a computer at home. 

Overview of Learning Resources

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

You will also use state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and computer software within the School during project and assignment work. 

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: Early Assessment
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 2: Laboratory Reports
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 3: Homework problems
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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