Course Title: Introduction to Biomedical Engineering and Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Biomedical Engineering and Design

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


125H Electrical & Computer Engineering


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Elena Pirogova

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3015

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The aim of this course is to introduce the students to biomedical engineering profession. This course will provide an insight into multidisciplinary areas of biomedical engineering and design.

The course is primarily concerned with professional practice and a starting point for your ongoing professional development that you will undertake as a professional biomedical engineer throughout your career. Course topics will be covered by lectures, tutorials, practical classes, and a team-based design project.

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience. As part of learning in this course, you as an active member of a team will plan, develop and prepare a detailed design brief for an engineering project as part of the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Challenge.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

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

1.5 Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the biomedical engineering discipline.

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

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

2.2 Introduction to the 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 biomedical 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 demeanor.

3.4 Professional use and management of information.

3.5 Orderly management of self and professional conduct in various settings such as hospital, industry, research and academic.

3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Identify the different roles and responsibilities of a biomedical engineer.
  2. List and explain the issues of safety and ethics in biomedical engineering.
  3. Use key computing, mathematical and engineering tools for biomedical engineering applications.
  4. Design or plan a solution to a simple medical engineering setting.
  5. Create a computer model and technical drawing for a simple, well-defined mechanical part.

Overview of Learning Activities

Student Learning occurs through the following experiences and evaluation processes:

  • Lectures (Weeks 1-12)
  • Tutorials centred around Engineers Without Border (EWB) Challenge (Weeks 2-11)
  • Biomedical Computer Aided (CAD) tutorials and practicals (4 tutorials/practicals)
  • Team Projects (EWB Challenge)
  • Directed research
  • Self-directed learning

Individual and team assessments are designed to develop your professional engineering skills, guiding you through the process of developing a real-world project design solution.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on “myRMIT”:

  • Lecture notes as prepared by the teaching staff and guest lecturers.
  • Course materials as provided available online via Canvas site for this course.
  • Lists of relevant reference texts, Library resources and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided.

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment will be undertaken by:

  • Engineering Design Projects undertaken in groups
  • Oral presentations in seminar format (face-to-face students), or equivalent for distance education students
  • Written assignments

Assessment tasks

EWB Challenge Engineering Design Brief: 35%. CLOs 1,3,4

Biomedical CAD Assignment: 20%. CLOs 3,5

Quiz (online test): 15%.CLOs 1-4

Team Presentation: 30% CLOs 2-4