Course Title: Wearable Tech Devices

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Wearable Tech Devices

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

To participate in any RMIT course in-person activities or assessment, you will need to comply with RMIT vaccination requirements which are applicable during the duration of the course. This RMIT requirement includes being vaccinated against COVID-19 or holding a valid medical exemption. 

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Course Coordinator: Katrina Neville

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2530

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 10, level 7, room 8

Course Coordinator Availability: E-mail for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed Knowledge

You will need to have some knowledge and skills related to the following courses:

OENG1206 – Digital Fundamentals, or an equivalent course.
EEET2249 – Introduction to Electrical and Electronic Engineering, or an equivalent course.

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning.

Course Description

This course will introduce you to wearable technologies and the components and software that make these technologies possible. In doing so, you will explore the viability of miniaturization of chips, sensors and Internet of Things (IoT) devices combined with the increasing sophistication of artificial intelligence for their relevant and reliable applications in the fields of medicine, sports, fitness, and entertainment.

You will explore how to embed, combine, connect electronics with different materials suitable for wearing. You will be introduced to basic electronics and programming, working with actuators, sensors, and transducers. You will also explore the potential implications of wearable tech devices to our health, privacy, and society.


If you are enrolled in this course as a component of your Bachelor Honours Program, your overall mark will contribute to the calculation of the weighted average mark (WAM).

See the WAM information web page for more information.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • PLO1: Demonstrate an in-depth understanding and knowledge of fundamental engineering and scientific theories, principles and concepts and apply advanced technical knowledge in specialist domain of engineering. 
  • PLO2: Utilise mathematics and engineering fundamentals, software, tools and techniques to design engineering systems for complex engineering challenges.    
  • PLO3: Apply engineering research principles, methods and contemporary technologies and practices to plan and execute projects taking into account ethical, environmental and global impacts.     
  • PLO4: Apply systematic problem solving, design methods and information and project management to propose and implement creative and sustainable solutions with intellectual independence and cultural sensitivity. 
  • PLO5: Communicate respectfully and effectively with diverse audiences, employing a range of communication methods, practising professional and ethical conduct.
  • PLO6: Develop and demonstrate the capacity for autonomy, agility and reflection of own learning, career and professional development and conduct.  
  • PLO7: Collaborate and contribute as an effective team member in diverse, multi-level, multi-disciplinary teams, with commitment to Indigenous and globally inclusive perspectives and participation.   

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Explain how wearable tech devices in healthcare are designed and regulated.
  2. Identify and explain the importance of designing wearable technology to take into account the mechanics of the human body and the user/wearer’s needs.
  3. Apply a range of different components, materials, sensors and software to the design of wearables.
  4. Consider the impact and challenges associated with data collection and information exchange between networked wearable tech devices.
  5. Identify and reflect on the ethical, regulatory and accessibility challenges of wearables.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectorials, tutorials, practicals, laboratories, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both.

Class activities will promote your ability to propose, investigate, plan, analyse, and to develop skills in designing and realising innovative solution using the components and software that make wearable technologies possible.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the RMIT Student website.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment tasks are directly aligned with each Course Learning Outcome.  They are as follows:

Assessment 1: Laboratory assessment
Weighting: 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 3 & 4.

Assessment 2: Individual assignment
Weighting: 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 4 and 5.

Assessment 3: Final design project
Weighting: 50%
This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3 and 4.


If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.