Course outlines

*Special note for students commencing their degree in Semester 1, 2018 - Enrolment in classes opened on 12 October and classes have filledl up quickly. If you are a new student due to commence in S1-2018 please take time to complete your enrolment as quickly as possible. Even if you have received an offer to enrol, we cannot guarantee places will be available. For exchange students - please be aware that approval to take a biomed course does not guarantee you an enrolment place.

To enrol in a course in GSBmE you will need to know the course code and course name. This applies to enrollment in both  coursework and research project courses. Below you will find brief descriptions of all coursework courses and research thesis courses currently offered by GSBmE. Note that courses offered may change from time to time, so you should always check this page when considering changes to your program.

Abbreviations

UOC

Units of Credit

HpW

Class Contact Hours per Week

S1

Session 1

S2

Session 2

All courses are 12 weeks duration

Courses / Subjects


Course code  Name of course UoC HpW Semester offering

BIOM1010

Engineering in Medicine and Biology

6 4 S2

For timetable and contact information see Class Details

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This course introduces the field of biomedical engineering. Topics include:

  • a basic introduction to biological systems
  • the engineering approach to biological systems
  • the application of basic engineering concepts to solving biomedical problems, with examples from cutting-edge technologies such as the artificial heart, bionic eye, magnetic resonance imaging and tissue engineering.

Course code  Name of course UoC HpW Semester offering

BIOM2451

Biomechanics for Sports Scientists

6 5 S1

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Note: This course is NOT available to students enrolled in an Engineering program.

This course focuses on the basic principles of bio-mechanics and applies them to the analysis of human movement and the musculoskeletal system. Basic mechanics (statics, kinematics and dynamics) will be studied in two dimensions. Topics include:

  • the biomechanics of the human gait - walking and running
  • the mechanics of tissues in the musculoskeletal system
  • methods of assessing movement - quantitative and qualitative

Course code Name of course UoC HpW Semester offering

BIOM9027

Medical Imaging

6 3 Every 3rd semester, starting S1 2015

For timetable and contact information see Class Details

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Assumed Knowledge: Biological Signal Analysis or equivalent

 This course includes:

  • the fundamentals of producing a medical image
  • image collection techniques
  • image reconstruction algorithms
  • Image analysis methods

It also entails a detailed examination of the three areas of medical imaging and the clinical application of each area:

  • nuclear medicine and positron emission tomography
  • x-ray imaging and CT
  • magnetic resonance imaging

Course code  Name of course UoC HpW Semester offering

BIOM9311

Mass Transfer in Medicine

6 3 S1

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The focus of this course is mass transfer in the living organism and in extracorporeal medical devices. It includes:

  • principles of diffusion and convection
  • models of gas transfer in the lung
  • transfer of solutes at the capillary level
  • haemodialysis, haemofiltration, plasma filtration and blood oxygenators
  • transfer across the peritoneal membrane-dialysis or drug delivery
  • drug delivery across the skin

Course code  Name of course UoC HpW Semester offering

BIOM9332

Biocompatibility

6 3 S1

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Assumed knowledge: Not recommended for Stage 2 and 3 students

This course includes:

  • the interaction of biological fluids and cells with foreign surfaces
  • in vitro tests to assess biocompatibility and thrombogenicity
  • the current status of biocompatible materials as applied to extracorporeal systems
  • surgical implants and prosthetic devices

Course code  Name of course UoC HpW Semester offering

BIOM9333

Cellular and Tissue Engineering

6 3 S1

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BIOM9333 Cellular and Tissue Engineering outlines the concepts of cell-based products for the pharmaceutical and medical industries from both a theoretical and practical perspective.

This course will cover the basis of how proteins are produced by cells; recombinant technologies to produce proteins and biologics from bacterial, mammalian and viral systems; process design and optimisation needed for commercial production of biologicals; case studies of currently manufactured biological products; cell isolation including blood and progenitor cells; and translation of these technologies for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. A combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes and a site visit are included in this course.


Course code  Name of course UoC HpW Semester offering

BIOM9410

Regulatory Requirements for Biomedical Technology

6 4 S2

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The regulatory requirements of medical devices in Australia, Japan, North America and Europe will be reviewed in this course. The aims of this course are to:

  • give a broad overview the regulation of medical devices around the world and
  • relate these regulations to the development and marketing of a variety of medical devices

Course code  Name of course UoC HpW Semester offering

BIOM9420

Clinical Laboratory Science

6 3 S2

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Note: There is no assumed knowledge for this course.

BIOM9420 Clinical Laboratory Science has been designed to provide students with a taste of some of the many different aspects of clinical medicine where Biomedical Engineers are of fundamental importance for the development of instrumentation to diagnose and monitor diseases. 

The course is focused on the fundamental science that underlies some of the diagnostic tests and the students are encouraged to explore how Biomedical Engineers have taken these fundamentals and made them work within a diagnostic laboratory environment.

The course will cover the technologies, tests and operation of a variety of clinical laboratory testing systems (biochemistry, haematology and immunology) and how they apply to a particular organ or system. The students will also be exposed to the underlying principles involved in the measurement of certain physiological parameters from some of the complex organ systems including the urinary, cardiac and gastro-intestinal systems. An important component of the course is two practical sessions. The first focuses on the fundamentals of enzyme biochemistry and how this might be useful in generating a test for a particular disease and the second will build upon this knowledge to design, fabricate and test a diagnostic test strip for glucose.


Course code  Name of course UoC HpW Semester offering

BIOM9450

Clinical Information Systems

6 3 S2

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This course introduces medical informatics with a focus on healthcare information and communications technology, including:

  • evidence-based medicine and clinical decision support systems
  • physiological measurements and telehealth systems
  • medical coding and classification
  • standards for medical data interchange
  • aspects of database design, dynamic HTML and web services

Students will learn HTML, Structured Query Language (SQL) and PHP scripting and use these tools by way of tutorials and a major project.


Course code  Name of course UoC HpW Semester offering

BIOM9541

Mechanics of the Human Body

6 3 S2

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 This course covers in-depth methods used in the analysis of the biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system. It includes:

 methods to analyse body segment and joint kinematics

  • joint kinetics
  • work and power
  • muscle forces and associated energy cost
  • applications of biomechanics in clinical, occupational and recreational areas

 


Course code  Name of course UoC HpW Semester offering

BIOM9551

Biomechanics of Physical Rehabilitation

6 3 S1

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BIOM9551 Biomechanics of physical rehabilitation has been designed to provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding of the application of biomechanics in physical rehabilitation.

The course with cover important areas of rehabilitation and establish the biomechanical concepts and principles that underpin rehabilitation related activities.

The course will first cover the rehabilitation setting including typical conditions and goals of rehabilitation. The basic biomechanical capabilities and limitations for normal movement will be broadly covered. The course will then focus on important areas of rehabilitation including amputees, assistive devices, clinical gait analysis and functional electrical stimulation for a range of impairments. A combination of lectures, laboratory classes and a site visit are included in this course.


Course code  Name of course UoC HpW Semester offering

BIOM9561

Mechanical Properties of Biomaterials

6 3 S2

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This course covers the physical properties of materials having significance to biomedical engineering, including human tissues; skin; soft tissues; bone; metals; polymers and ceramics; as well as the effects of degradation and corrosion.


Course code  Name of course UoC HpW Semester offering

BIOM9621

Biological Signal Analysis

6 3 S1

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Note: Basic electronics and mathematics background required

 This course focuses on the use of digital computers to extract information from biological signals. It covers:

  • signal processing using filtering, averaging, curve-fitting and related techniques
  • analysis using model simulations, correlation, spectral analysis etc.

Course code  Name of course UoC HpW Semester offering

BIOM9640

Biomedical Instrumentation

6 3 S1

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This course is an introduction to physiological measurement of bioelectric phenomena and neurostimulation. Its aim is to give you an understanding of the physical principles that govern the measurement of a biological variable or system by a transducer, which converts the variable into an electrical signal.

By the end of the course you should understand various measurement devices and approaches including the underlying biological process that generates the quantity to be measured or controlled. The basic medical instrumentation used clinically to perform these functions is also examined.

The course has a focus on bioelectric phenomena, bioelectrodes, medical electronics and neurostimulation. It includes a revision of DC and AC circuit theory, hands-on practice in the use and testing of medical transducers and electromedical equipment commonly used in hospitals and research laboratories to make measurements of biomedical variables of clinical significance. 


Course code Name of course UoC HpW Semester offering

BIOM9650

Biosensors and Transducers

6 3 S2

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This course is an introduction to physiological measurement using biosensors and transducers. Its aim is to give you an understanding of the physical principles that govern the measurement of a biological variable or system by a transducer, which converts the variable into an electrical signal.

By the end of the course you should understand various measurement devices and approaches including the underlying biological process that generates the quantity to be measured or controlled. The basic biosensors and transducers used to measure pressure, flow, volume and biochemical sensing are examined along with aspects of imaging instrumentation. 


Course code Name of course UoC HpW Semester offering

BIOM9660

Implantable Bionics

6 5 S2

*NOTE: We are hopeful that BIOM9660 will run in S2-2018, but this has not been confirmed as yet.

For timetable and contact information see Class Details

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This course is an introduction to the engineering issues related to implantable bionics for therapeutic electrical stimulation of neural and muscle tissue. Its aim is to give you an understanding of the requirements (electrical, mechanical, chemical, etc.) of implantable neurostimulators.

During the course, in small groups students will design an illustrative example of a medical device (e.g. a cochlear implant) and conduct extensive practical tasks to reinforce the material presented in the lectures and tutorials.


Course code Name of course UoC HpW Semester offering

BIOM9701

Dynamics of the Cardiovascular System

6 3 S1

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Assumed knowledge: Basic physics and calculus. Familiarity with MATLAB desirable.
 

This course covers the structure of the heart, organisation of the mammalian vasculature, the mechanical, electrical and metabolic aspects of cardiac pumping, solid and fluid mechanics of blood vessels, the rheology of blood, as well as biomedical engineering applications in the cardiovascular system. 


Course code Name of course UoC HpW Semester offering

BIOM9711

Modelling Organs, Tissues and Devices

6 3 S1

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 Assumed knowledge: Calculus and differential equations. Familiarity with MATLAB desirable.

Computer modelling of complex physiological systems and their interaction with medical devices is becoming increasingly important in modern medical device design. This course provides a practical overview of computational modelling in bioengineering, focusing on a range of applications including:

  • electrical stimulation of neural and cardiac tissues
  • implantable drug delivery
  • cancer therapy
  • biomechanics
  • blood flow
  • 3D surface techniques for realistic modelling and visualisation of organs, tissues and devices.

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Research Project Courses

Please see the GSBME list of Research Thesis Topics for guidance on planning your thesis topic.  Enrolment in part B of your thesis project is dependent on a satisfactory performance in part A.  Students should not automatically enrol before receiving the result for part A.

Please refer to the Thesis Course Outline for further information including assessment criteria and what you are required to complete.

Undergraduate Research Thesis Courses

These codes are for students enrolled in the dual degree program with biomedical engineering. Find your relevant undergraduate discipline in the list below and you will see the corresponding thesis code to enrol in. Enrolment in Thesis B is dependent on a satisfactory performance in Thesis A.

Dual Degree with Biomedical Engineering Thesis A Code Thesis B Code
Bioinformatics BIOM5950 BIOM5951
Chemical Engineering BIOM5930 BIOM5932
Computer Engineering BIOM5950 BIOM5951
Electrical Engineering BIOM5910 BIOM5911
Materials Science Engineering BIOM5910 BIOM5911
Mechanical Engineering BIOM5001 BIOM5003
Mechatronic Engineering BIOM5001 BIOM5003
Software Engineering BIOM5950 BIOM5951
Telecommunications Engineering BIOM5910 BIOM5911

 

Postgraduate Research Thesis Courses

BIOM9914 Masters Research Project

For timetable and contact information see Class Details
UoC 12, HpW 0, S1 or S2

 Assumed knowledge: Candidates must contact the School for consent to enrol. BIOM9914 is only available to high achieving students with prior written school approval.

This is the course for the postgraduate masters research projects to be undertaken in one semester. It consists of 12 UOC. It allows coursework students to experience research training either within the School or with collaborating institutions.  Application is subject to academic performance and school approval.

This research work can also be conducted over 2 semesters by enrolling in two 6UOC courses - see information for courses  BIOM9020and 9021. Performance is assessed on the basis of a report in the format of either a thesis or a publication-ready research paper. Other assessment tasks may apply, so please discuss current requirements with the GSBME thesis coordinator Dr Robert Nordon.

 

BIOM9020 and BIOM9021 Masters Research Project

For timetable and contact information see Class Details
UoC 6 per semester, HpW 0, S1 or S2

Assumed knowledge: Candidates must contact the School for consent to enrol. BIOM9020 / BIOM9021 is only available to high achieving students with prior written school approval.

These courses form the postgraduate masters research project to be undertaken over two semesters. It allows coursework students to experience research training either within the School or with collaborating institutions. Candidates should complete the application form (as above) in consultation with a GSBME supervisor who will act as their supervisor. A second co-supervisor/assessor must also be nominated on this application. Application is subject to academic performance and school approval.

Performance is assessed on the basis of a report in the format of either a thesis or a publication-ready research paper. Other assessment tasks may apply, so please discuss current requirements with the GSBME thesis coordinator Dr Robert Nordon.