Course Title: Biomedical Computer Aided Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Biomedical Computer Aided Design

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance. 


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Toh Yen Pang

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6128

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora East Campus: 251.3.22

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course develops your skills in designing mechanical components that are relevant to biomedical engineering. The course extends knowledge and skills acquired in the introductory course “Introduction to Biomedical Engineering and Design”. In this course you will strengthen your skills in computer aided design (CAD) of mechanical components, assemblies and systems. You will learn about the theoretical basics and practical applications of Finite Element (FE) methods, and you will apply this for structural analysis in the field of mechanical and biomedical engineering. Finally, you will learn about manufacturing technologies that are relevant to biomedical engineering and their impact on design.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes:

1 Knowledge and Skill Base
1.2. Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.
1.3. In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.

2 Engineering Application Ability
2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
2.3. Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.

3 Professional and Personal Attributes
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.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Create digital 2D and 3D graphical representations of mechanical components, assemblies and systems utilising a computer aided design software
  2. Investigate and analyse the strength of mechanical structural components and their deformation under loading through finite element method, and then use this information to improve the design of those components,
  3. Identify the impact of relevant issues connected with realisation of your design, such as manufacturing processes and material selection,
  4. Communicate your design concept and analysis results to an audience of technical peers in a professional manner

Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn this course through pre-recorded lecture videos, computer-based tutorials, directed reading, classroom discussion, and investigative research. The learning process is reinforced through problem-based learning using case studies.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on Canvas. These will include course notes, and other learning materials generated by the course lecturer(s), references, and approved links to useful material on external web-sites.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be conducted using a combination of individual and group work, which can include in-class tests, group assignments, and a final exam

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

Early Assessment Task:  Quizzes
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 2:  Mid Semester Test (online)
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 4
Description: 2D technical drawing, and 3D Part and Assemblies Design

Assessment Task 3: Group Project
Weighting 35%
This assessment task supports CLO 1, 2, 3, 4
Description: 2D technical drawing, 3D Part and Assemblies Design, FEA, and material selection

Assessment 4: Final Assessment (online)
Weighting 20% 
This assessment supports CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4
This is a timed assessment, which will be available for 24 hours but you will have a 2 hour duration to complete and submit online. 

Submitted assessment not returned to students.