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Biomedical Engineering Design Project (BMEN90017)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 25On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeBMEN90017
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


This subject involves undertaking a major design project, requiring independent investigation in a team context to produce an advanced biomedical engineering design in a timely and professional manner. Examples of possible design problems include the development of a pacemaker and sensor, creation of new methods for delivering personalized medical treatments, and development of a novel device for interfacing with the brain. In addition to written reports, students will present their findings through oral presentations.


Topics include:

System-level device descriptions, component interface specifications, regulatory bodies and biomedical device approval processes, intellectual property, component specifications, biomaterials and biocompatibility, manufacturing specifications, economic analyses.

This subject has been integrated with the Skills Towards Employment Program (STEP) and contains activities that can assist in the completion of the Engineering Practice Hurdle (EPH).

Intended learning outcomes


Having completed this unit, the student should be able to:

  1. Work as part of an interdisciplinary team to complete a technical project;
  2. Develop a range of strategies and choose a preferred strategy that satisfies performance, safety, regulatory, economic and sustainability requirements;
  3. Undertake technical computations required to justify the design solution;
  4. Write a technical report and/or design specifications;
  5. Deliver oral presentations of their work;
  6. Assess the work of their peers.


Generic skills

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

  • 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 and multi-cultural teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member
  • Understanding of the principles of sustainable design and development
  • Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning
  • Openness to new ideas and unconventional critiques of received wisdom.

Last updated: 9 November 2018