University of Technology Sydney

41167 Health Innovation Studio

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UTS: Engineering: Biomedical Engineering
Credit points: 12 cp

Subject level:

Undergraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

Requisite(s): 41163 Fundamentals of Biomedical Engineering Studio B AND 26101 Health Economics and Evaluation

Description

The overall aim of this studio is to provide a rich and attractive practice-based learning environment for biomedical engineering students to deeply learn and become professionally competent and innovative. To realise these aims the studio focuses on the methods of (reflective) innovative design practice, teamwork, mentoring and deep learning techniques including immersion in difficult problems in a complex environment. Innovative methods are used to tackle real challenges in advancing health and health care. The challenges are posed by key players in the healthcare sector including commercial and non-commercial parties. Students learn to apply health economics theory techniques and innovative design practice to create and evaluate potential solutions to healthcare challenges, quantify their value and convince key stakeholders. The subject allows students to move towards senior roles in teams and expects them to become accomplished in reflection and demonstrate creative problem-solving skills, with an emphasis on problem-framing and design.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

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

1. Collaborate with peers and other stakeholders in the design process
2. Apply design thinking to an array of health and healthcare challenges
3. Apply technical capability in creative and innovative development techniques and tools to address health and healthcare challenges
4. Present solution background, design, implementation, results and conclusions to a customer
5. Evaluate the value of an innovative solution using appropriate economic evaluation methods

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 hardware development. Students will be able to work on their projects in the presence of teaching staff, and will have access to the allocated studio outside of face-to-face time, i.e., can work with their class mates. This flexibility will allow students to meet the projects’ deadlines. Students will be involved in industry-oriented 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.

Content (topics)

  • creative and innovation process
  • analysing a challenge posed by a stakeholder in the healthcare field
  • design skills related to the problem addressed (software, business, hardware)
  • develop/build a solution
  • quantify the value of a healthcare solution
  • team communication and collaboration

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Health Innovation project - Early solution

Intent:

Demonstration of team and individual ability of design/implementation of an innovative health 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, 2, 3, 4 and 5

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: 25%

Assessment task 2: Reflective ability assessment

Intent:

Demonstration of ability to communicate effectively with peers and reflect on their learning.

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):

C.1

Type: Reflection
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 15%
Length:

An average of 200-word entry per top five moments over 10 weeks, plus other additional media as appropriate.

Assessment task 3: Process assessment

Intent:

The purpose of this task is to learn to make and record process decisions.

Objective(s):

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

4

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

E.1

Type: Laboratory/practical
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 15%

Assessment task 4: Product design and assessment

Intent:

The purpose of this task is to learn how to build solutions satisfying customer requirements and assess against those requirements.

Objective(s):

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

3 and 4

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

D.1 and E.1

Type: Laboratory/practical
Groupwork: Group, group assessed
Weight: 30%

Assessment task 5: Pitch of the solution to the customer

Intent:

Demonstrate effective communication skills enabling presentation of innovative solutions and ideas to a range of audiences.

Objective(s):

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

4

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

E.1

Type: Presentation
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 15%