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41161 Biomedical Industry Frameworks

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UTS: Engineering: Biomedical Engineering
Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

Description

This subject introduces students to the various frameworks, procedures and regulations that are commonplace within the biotech/medical device industry. Students learn to identify standard mechanisms associated with quality systems, regulatory affairs, design processes and risk analyses essential to operating within the industry. Further, they gain skills to apply the relevant tools within each of these areas. Students gain an understanding of regulatory environments both within Australia and overseas. This subject provides a foundation for students to enter the regulated environment of biotech businesses and to operate from an informed position within them.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

1. Analyse the biomedical industry regulations to understand the various aspects of health related systems and products.
2. Identify standard mechanisms associated with quality systems.
3. Evaluate regulatory affairs, design processes and risk analysis
4. Analyse regulatory environments both within Australia and overseas.
5. Present findings to a variety of audiences including stakeholders.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the development of the following faculty Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) and Engineers Australia (EA) Stage 1 competencies:

  • Establish priorities and goals, which is linked to EA Stage 1 Competencies: 2.3, 3.5 (A.2)
  • Apply systems thinking to understand complex system behaviour including interactions between components and with other systems (social, cultural, legislative, environmental, business etc.), which is linked to EA Stage 1 Competency: 1.5 (A.5)
  • Identify and apply relevant problem-solving methodologies, which is linked to EA Stage 1 Competencies: 1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 (B.1)
  • Design components, systems and/or processes to meet required specifications, which is linked to EA Stage 1 Competencies: 1.3, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 (B.2)
  • Implement and test solutions, which is linked to EA Stage 1 Competencies: 2.2, 2.3 (B.5)
  • Demonstrate research skills, which is linked to EA Stage 1 Competencies: 1.4, 2.1, 3.4 (B.6)
  • Self-management - Graduates must have capabilities for self-organisation, self-review, personal development and lifelong learning (D.0)
  • Communicate effectively in ways appropriate to the discipline, audience and purpose, which is linked to EA Stage 1 Competency: 3.2 (E.1)
  • Work as an effective member or leader of diverse teams within a multilevel, multidisciplinary and multicultural setting, which is linked to EA Stage 1 Competencies: 2.4, 3.2, 3.6 (E.2)

Teaching and learning strategies

Workshop class sessions including interactive class discussions and collaborative activities.
Readings on core topics and assignments.
Case studies.
Students will be able to work in teams and will receive feedback about the progress of their work. Summative and informative feedback will be provided for each assessment task.

Content (topics)

  1. Industry Overview – regulated industries, local & international biotech industry, product types and latest innovations, industry trends
  2. The Design & Development Process – phases of the process, their purpose and intent
  3. Regulatory Affairs & its role in the business – regional bodies, essential principles, requirements for products, gaining approval
  4. Quality Management Systems (QMS) – standards, device control files, quality systems, customer facing systems
  5. Risk Management – definition and importance, standard tools, adverse events
  6. Intellectual Property (IP) – importance, considerations, patents
  7. Ethics – clinical trials, animal testing, gaining customer feedback

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Pitch

Intent:

Students to pitch their topic for the project – provides the opportunity to consider the customer needs first rather than the technology solution. Pitching a new MedTech idea, concisely. Defining a MedTech market need, customer, and conducting initial market research.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

5

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes (CILOs):

B.1, E.1 and E.2

Type: Presentation
Groupwork: Group, group assessed
Weight: 5%
Length:

Time limit = 4 minutes (+ 1 minute Q&A)

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
5 B.1
E.1
E.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Design for User Case Study

Intent:

Provides specific case study of “design for user” in medical device technology.
Understanding design for the user, and how it may be considered within new medical technology developments.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

2, 3 and 4

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes (CILOs):

B.5 and B.6

Type: Case study
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 20%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
2 B.5
3 B.6
4
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 3: Final presentation

Intent:

Provides a complete end-to-end MedTech device development portfolio, from conception of the idea to implementation to market. Group presentation of group work and findings.
To provide an overview of the end-to-end process required to deliver a new MedTech device to market.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1, 2, 4 and 5

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes (CILOs):

A.2, A.5, B.1, E.1 and E.2

Type: Presentation
Groupwork: Group, group assessed
Weight: 25%
Length:

Time limit = 8 minutes (+ Q&A)

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
1 A.2
2 A.5
4 B.1
5 E.1
E.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 4: Final report

Intent:

Provides a complete end-to-end MedTech device development portfolio, from conception of idea to implementation to market. Individual report is based on group-project topic. To provide an overview of the end-to-end process required to deliver a new MedTech device to market.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1, 2, 3 and 4

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes (CILOs):

B.1, B.2 and D.0

Type: Report
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 50%
Length:

15 page limit, including FMEA (plus references & cover sheet).

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
1 B.1
2 B.2
3 D.0
4
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Minimum requirements

In order to pass the subject, a student must achieve an overall mark of 50% or more.