Course Title: Introduction to Engineering for the Human Body

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Engineering for the Human Body

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Prof. Robert M.I. Kapsa

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3344

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: email for appointment

Course Coordinator Availability: email for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course, you will begin to develop the skills to design and develop equipment and technologies that improve the lives of people affected by medical conditions. This course introduces the interface between engineering and the human body and the basic principles of anatomy and physiology. It will provide the foundational knowledge required for the program-specific application of biomedical engineering in the human body.

The course provides a broad introduction, as it applies, to future specialisation into biomedical electronics, lab on a chip, biosensors, implant engineering, assistive technologies and medical materials.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Broadly understand the foundation of biomedical engineering and how it applies to the human body
  2. Apply specialist terms and language associated with anatomy and physiology to describe the human body;
  3. Understand the interdisciplinary skills required to practice biomedical engineering

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes:

1.1. Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.

1.3. In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.

3.2.  Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.

Overview of Learning Activities

This Course will use a range of learning activities including Pre-recorded lectures, workshop/practical sessions, online resources and self-directed learning.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources in this course include:

  • Online learning activities;
  • Recommended readings from textbooks, online sources, and designated references; and
  • Workshop/tutorial activities.

Online resources will be made available via the RMIT Learning Management System (LMS).

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Online Quizzes (Individual Assessment).
Weighting 25%

30-minute timed quizzes, to be completed at any time within a 7-day period. 
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3,

Assessment Task 2: Projects. 
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3.

Assessment Task 3: Workshop / Practical learning activities (Group Activity).
Weighting 35%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3.

Assessment Task 4: Presentation (Group Activity). 
Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3.