University of Technology Sydney

41163 Fundamentals of Biomedical Engineering Studio B

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UTS: Engineering: Biomedical Engineering
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:

Undergraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

Requisite(s): 41160 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering

Description

This studio subject introduces students to the principles of biomedical engineering in the context of biology and medicine. It explores the development and use of 3D modelling for medical manufacturing, 3D printing and 3D Bioprinting. Students work in collaborative teams to solve real-life medical challenges in emerging health areas. These include the development of biomaterials and implementation of biomedical models; and proposing economically viable solutions to problems in various health sectors such as personalised medical products and hospitals devices. The studio focuses on understanding design concepts, taking ideas from ideation stages to prototyping. Students use industry standard design software, SOLIDWORKS to develop a working 3D model which are then manufactured or synthesised using, 3D printing or 3D Bioprinting. Students also learn techniques associated with growing and visualising human cells for applications in Bioprinting. These activities take place in the Protospace and Faculty's state-of-the-art HIVE laboratory. At the end of this subject, students have a fundamental understanding of the design process using SOLIDWORKS for generating 3D model and the use of 3D printing for biomedical applications.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

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

1. Use design skills (in software, business hardware) to generate solutions in biomaterials, health informatics and health economics
2. Apply technical techniques and tools to develop models in biomechanics
3. Analyse models, systems and materials to solve problems in health systems
4. Collaborate in teams to manage projects and communicate findings to diverse stakeholders

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

  • Design Oriented: FEIT graduates apply problem solving, design and decision-making methodologies to develop components, systems and processes to meet specified requirements. (C.1)
  • Technically Proficient: FEIT graduates apply abstraction, mathematics and discipline fundamentals, software, tools and techniques to evaluate, implement and operate systems. (D.1)
  • Collaborative and Communicative: FEIT graduates work as an effective member or leader of diverse teams, communicating effectively and operating within cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural contexts in the workplace. (E.1)

Teaching and learning strategies

The studio depends on teamwork, and developing individual skills in software, business and system development. Students will be able to work on their projects in the presence of teaching staff, and will have access to resources outside of class time, i.e., can work with their class mates. This flexibility will allow students to meet the projects’ deadlines. Students will be involved in either industry-oriented projects or practical projects that can be applied in real life. For the industry projects, representatives from the industry will describe problems that the projects attempt to solve and make visits in certain milestones. Students will receive feedback from the teaching staff about their proposed solutions and their progress.

Zoom and Microsoft Teams are used to support the face to face and online collaborative class activities. Aligning with the concept of collaborative classrooms, students are sometimes organised into randomised “table-groups” of 3-5 students each. At other times, students are at a table-group with their own group. Each group has a team channel in Microsoft Teams, which is used for some of the group activities for this semester.

Specific content is to be provided on Canvas each week, in line with the subject content and subject program, and following the existing teaching and learning strategies. Teaching staff can join the table-groups during the scheduled class periods to monitor progress, to give feedback, to lubricate discussion, and to enable appreciation of key concepts.

It is expected that all students participate in the set activities during the scheduled time-slot for their assigned collaborative class.

Content (topics)

  • Creative and innovation process
  • Design skills related to the problem addressed (software, business, hardware)
  • Develop/build a solution
  • Understand the process of synthesising biomaterials
  • Team communication and collaboration

Assessment

Assessment task 1: 3D Modelling of Biomedical Device

Intent:

To demonstrate

1) design/implementation of using Solidwork for a biomedical design and

2) ability to communicate these design ideas effectively with various stakeholders.

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):

C.1, D.1 and E.1

Type: Project
Groupwork: Group, group and individually assessed
Weight: 50%

Assessment task 2: Cell Microscopy and Image Analysis

Intent:

To demonstrate the biological perspective of biomedical engineering, the students will be tasked to conduct individual preparation of cell samples for microscopy imaging (5%) followed by cell image data analysis (5%) by industry used software. The students will be required to showcase their results in the form of a laboratory report on their findings of their cell and structure.

Objective(s):

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

2

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

D.1

Type: Laboratory/practical
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 10%

Assessment task 3: Project Presentation

Intent:

Demonstration of team and individual ability of design/implementation of a biomaterial or biomedical solution and demonstration of the ability to communicate effectively with peers and general audiences.

Objective(s):

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

1, 3 and 4

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

C.1 and E.1

Type: Project
Groupwork: Group, group and individually assessed
Weight: 40%

Minimum requirements

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