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Clinical Engineering (BMEN90003)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeBMEN90003
Semester 2
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This subject introduces students to the special requirements necessary for managing Medical Devices and Clinical/Biotechnological Environments. Topics covered include: detailed analysis of the cardiopulmonary system, including computer-aided modelling of the cardiovascular system and respiratory system; electrical devices that monitor/support these systems, international/national electrical/biological regulatory bodies and standards.


Topics include:

  • Management of Medical Devices – the regulations, classifications and standard of Medical Devices. In particular AS3200 series of standards and AS3551 standard.
  • Management of Clinical Areas – environmental control and electrical isolation in accordance to AS3000 and AS3003.
  • The Respiratory System – anatomy, physiology, mechanics of static and dynamics of breathing is monitored and modelled.
  • The Cardiovascular System – anatomy, physiology, mechanics of static and dynamics of blood pressure monitoring systems.
  • Electrophysiology – cellular physiology, electrical equivalent models, dipole models and Einthoven’s model of the Electrocardiogram.
  • These topics are complemented by exposure to Medical Devices in the Clinical Environment and use of software tools for modelling and parameter estimations in the Laboratory/Clinic.

Intended learning outcomes


Having completed this unit the student is expected to:

  1. describe the structure and function of cellular and cardiopulmonary systems.
  2. interpret various measures of dynamic responses of the cardiopulmonary system.
  3. Calculate vascular resistances using thermodilution techniques.
  4. Implement and evaluate a physiological model on a computer.
  5. Develop models for analysing physiological systems to determine physiological parameters.
  6. Design a monitoring system to monitor a specific physiological process.
  7. Describe the principles underlying various life support devices.
  8. Identify types of medical devices and their safety requirements.
  9. Identify clinical and biotechnological workplace areas with their specialised environmental requirements.
  10. Identify the type of methodology required to analyse different systems using clinical studies.

Generic skills

  • Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, not only with engineers but also with the community at large.
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution.
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance.
  • Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team leader.
  • Understanding of the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of the professional engineer, and the need for sustainable development.
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities and commitment to them.
  • Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity and for the ethics of scholarship.

Last updated: 15 January 2019