Course Title: Biomedical Engineering Design and Practice 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Biomedical Engineering Design and Practice 1

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


125H Electrical & Computer Engineering


Sem 1 2015


Bundoora Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Tom Williamson

Course Coordinator Phone: email for appointment

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 55.03.109

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To successfully complete this course, you should have the ability to apply your engineering skills and knowledge in the project design and development.

Enforced Pre-requisites:
You are expected to have completed Year 2 Biomedical Computer Aided Design OENG1100 and Signals and Systems EEET2369 or equivalent studies.

Enforced Co-requisites:
You must simultaneously undertake Biomedical Instrumentation (EEET1414) course.

Course Description

In Biomedical Engineering Design 3 courses, you will work on industry lead projects in small teams under the supervision and mentorship of academic staff and industry partners. 

The Year 3 Biomedical Engineering Design projects consist of two courses:

  • Biomedical Engineering Design 3A (this course) and
  • Biomedical Engineering Design 3B.

This course will have two distinct parts: lectures and team projects.

In the project part of this course, you will refine your analytical and practical design capabilities acquired in the preceding engineering technical courses and design courses and apply those skills to well-defined projects of current engineering relevance.

Your team project proposals will be discussed with the course coordinator to provide feedback on how to improve and align your proposal to the course guidelines. Although the proposals will not be assessed, it will be ensured that your approved team project proposal has potential in the market and is of a suitable engineering standard. The project will then be undertaken by adopting the design specification guideline. Your awareness in the team project will be enhanced to realise the significance of delivering within the strict guidelines, process, budget, time and achieving the objectives agreed upon, similar to a ‘real-world’ situation guided by your mentor and/or supported by the industry. The project progress is assessed by a mini design report (mid-semester), the end-of-semester report and oral presentation.

In the lecture part of this course, you will be presented with a broad spectrum of topics relevant to a professional engineer. The important aspects of this lecture material are to equip you with relevant tools and knowledge that you can apply throughout the undergraduate design process and in your future professional career as an engineer.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for (BH069 Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical Engineering) (Honours)):

1 Knowledge and Skill Base
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 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 engineering practice in the specific discipline.

2 Engineering Application Ability
2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering 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 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 proactive demeanour.
3.4. Professional use and management of information.
3.5. Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.
3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Apply critical and creative thinking in the design and development of biomedical engineering projects and products/processes.
  2. Utilise fundamental knowledge and skills in engineering and apply it effectively in your project.
  3. Design and develop a functional product/process prototype whilst working in a multidisciplinary team comprising of engineers, clinicians and medical staff, in a hospital/industry environment.
  4. Apply knowledge of the ’real world’ situations that a professional engineer can encounter.
  5. Consider the business context and commercial positioning of designed devices or systems.
  6. Undertake an engineering project under mentorship.
  7. Communicate your project progress and outcomes in oral or written form.
  8. Utilising relevant terminologies, communicate with your team members, engineers from industry, medical doctors, researchers and administrators.
  9. Manage your time and conflicts effectively within and outside your team.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course will provide you with a number of learning opportunities. This course consists of a project and lecture parts which consists of the following learning activities:

  • The Year 3 Biomedical Engineering Design courses provide experiences that meet the requirements of the RMIT Work Integrated Learning (WIL) policy. In Design 3A you will work in a team on a project under guidance of a professional biomedical engineer (usually an academic "mentor"). The project will require the team to work together to achieve a working product. You will be expected to take more than one role in the team at different times to expand your experience and capabilities.
  • The lectures will be pre-recorded and available online, delivered by RMIT academics and external guest lecturers. The knowledge from lectures and exercises will enable you to apply to your project and to your engineering practice as a future professional biomedical engineer.
  • The project is a problem-based learning activity, enabling you to demonstrate your ability to work effectively as a member of a team in order to successfully deliver a product to your client.
  • Your team meetings with your mentor will be held on a fortnightly basis which will encourage you to enhance your performance and engagement in learning activities and projects that require you to conceptualise, plan, design, develop and manage solutions to engineering problems.

Overview of Learning Resources

Project: The pre-recorded lectures and additional materials together with the project part of the course will be accessible to you online through ’myRMIT’ Studies. It will include all the information, instructions, guidelines, assessment criteria, marking sheets, assessment deliverables, and other detailed information.

Lectures: In the lecture part of this course, you will be presented with technical and non-technical type topics. These topics cover specialised knowledge tools that a professional engineer must be equipped with in order to be successful in today’s competitive engineering marketplace.

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).

The assessment for this course will consist of the following tasks:

The assessment for this course will consist of the following tasks:

Assessment Task 1a: Project summary report (written or oral at the student's discretion, individual)

Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, & 5.
The course coordinator will provide you with feedback for this Task 1 in video/audio/written format.

Assessment Task 1b: Mid-year project report (written, team) 

Weighting 35%
This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3, 4, & 6. 
The course coordinator and other academics will provide you with feedback for this task in written format. 

Assessment Task 1c: Presentation (oral, individual and team) 

Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 7, 8, & 9. 
The course coordinator and other academics will provide you with feedback for this task in verbal format. 

Assessment Task 2 : Soldering Competency (Practical, individual)

Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports CLO 2.
The course coordinator will provide you with feedback for this Task during completion of the assessment.

Assessment Task 3: Video CV (Oral, individual)

Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 4, 5, 7 & 8.
The course coordinator will provide you with feedback for this Task in video/audio/written format.