ENSC3023 Biomedical Engineering

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Biomedical specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • Level 3 elective
Content
Biomedical engineers develop materials, processes and devices that help prevent or treat disease or rehabilitate patients. This unit covers the three fundamentals of bioengineering: (a) biomaterials—artificial materials that can be placed into the body (e.g. implants, artificial valves, etc.); (b) biomechanics—study of the structure and function of human biological systems through engineering mechanics, and investigation of hard (e.g. bone), mixed (e.g. musculoskeletal) and soft (e.g. cardiovascular) tissue systems; (c) biomedical imaging—how imaging is applied to the diagnoses or treatment of disease.

Students gain an insight into how engineering and the body interact and the methods by which engineering can be used to help characterise, monitor, diagnose illness and disease, and repair the human body.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) differentiate between different types of biomaterials for different applications and describe contemporary manufacturing methods for biomedical applications, such as regenerative medicine; (2) understand how biomechanics and biology interact ; (3) explain the fundamentals of tissue optics and their application to medicine, including the challenges in developing optical imaging probes; (4) understand the regulatory requirements involved when bringing a medical device to market and be able to assess the market; (5) use medical engineering software to analyse medical images and plan the use of an implantable medical device for cardiovascular surgery; and (6) write concise reports using appropriate discourse conventions.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) group project; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Barry Doyle
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
(ENSC1002 Material Behaviour from Atoms to Bridges or ENSC1004 Engineering Materials) and (ENSC2001 Motion or ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics) and (PHYL2002 Physiology of Cells or equivalent)
Advisable prior study:
CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation
Incompatibility:
GENG4408 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; practical classes/activities: 2 hours per week
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