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BMEG5001 Advanced Topics in Biomedical Engineering

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Biomedical engineering principles are often put into practice through one of the following mechanisms: academic research, creation of a start-up company to commercialise a medical device or existing medical devices in hospitals and clinics. This unit allows students to apply core principles of biomedical engineering introduced throughout the undergraduate and masters programs to these areas. Specifically, the following content is covered in this unit: (a) students learn about cutting-edge biomedical engineering research ongoing in the Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences and have the opportunity to implement design approaches in specific projects; (b) students learn about commercialisation pathways for medical devices and upon completion of the unit understand each aspect in medical device development; and (c) students learn in detail how medical devices are currently used in hospital settings and about the processes in place for procurement, maintenance and safety.
Students are able to (1) consider the structural and functional differences between muscle, nervous, connective and epithelial tissues; and how these affect tissue regeneration approaches; (2) demonstrate familiarity with methods used to culture and evaluate cells in the laboratory; (3) consider cellular metabolism, growth and death in the 3D modelling of tissues; (4) apply tissue-specific considerations of structure and function to design scaffolds/structures to support cellular growth; (5) evaluate the roles played by engineers in hospital settings; and (6) understand the requirements for compliance with ISO14155:2020 and the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki when designing experimental devices for use in humans.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-semester tests (x 4) and (2) major assignment – laboratory report. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Erika Bosio
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical Engineering specialisation)
Advisable prior study:
BMEG4001 Biomedical Instrumentation; BMEG4002 Biomaterials; BMEG4003 Cardiovascular Biomechanics
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; activities: 2 hours per week
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