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Biosystems Design (BMEN30008)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeBMEN30008
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


This subject involves undertaking biosystems design group projects from concept to reporting and communicating the design proposal through to possible development, and so will provide an integrated capstone experience for the Bioengineering major.

The emphasis of each of the projects is associated with a well-defined project description that may be based on a task required by an academic or external, industry-based client. The topics covered will include design processes, formulation of the problem, conceptual designs, partitioning of design activities, analysis of system components, integration of design, quality and safety assessment, project management, and engineering professional attitudes.

The open-ended nature of the design task will result in students having exposure to historical, sociological and environmental factors in invention and innovation, professional ethics, regulatory and statutory requirements, legal and ethical responsibilities, and environmental considerations.


Topics include:

  • Design control processes -design and development planning, design input, design control, design output, design review, and design verification.
  • Theory of measurement – understanding and applying the limitations of measurement.
  • Amplifier circuits –design and construct basic op-amp circuits to the application of high precision instrumentation amps.
  • Data acquisition systems – programming and applying industry standard engineering software and hardware tools.
  • Sensors – adapting and implementing simple displacement and electrochemical sensors.
  • Physiological dynamics – understanding physiological dynamic parameters and applying parameter estimation techniques to acquire physiological signals.
  • Non-invasive physiological system – use of sensors, amplifiers, data acquisition systems and parameter estimation to design and construct a physiological system.

Intended learning outcomes


Upon completion of this subject students should be able to:

  1. apply fundamental concepts of engineering design through various stages of the design process, problem formulation and structuring, ideation, decision making and communication;
  2. demonstrate awareness of the integrative nature of engineering design through the experience of balancing a range of factors, including uncertainties relating to safety, regulatory, safety and economic requirements; and have observed the close interrelation between the properties of engineering materials and the design process;
  3. design simple engineering components for desired performance specifications;
  4. write a professional technical report and/or design specifications.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution.
  • Understanding of social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities and the need to employ principles of sustainable development.
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design and operational performance.
  • Proficiency in engineering design.
  • Ability to conduct an engineering project.
  • Understanding of the business environment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large.
  • Ability to manage information and documentation.
  • Capacity for creativity and innovation.
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities, and commitment to them.
  • Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, as a team leader or manager as well as an effective team member.
  • Capacity for lifelong learning and professional development.

Last updated: 10 August 2019