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Biomedical Engineering Capstone Project (BMEN90018)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 25On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeBMEN90018
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Semester 1
Year Long
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

AIMS

This subject involves undertaking a major research or advanced innovative design project requiring an independent investigation and the preparation of reports on an approved topic. Students will present their findings in a conference presentation format, held at the end of the project cycle in the latter half of semester two.

The emphasis of the project can be associated with either:

  • Explorative approach, where students will pursue outcomes associated with new knowledge or understanding within the biomedical engineering or science disciplines, often as an adjunct to existing academic research initiatives.
  • A well-defined innovative project, usually based on a research and development required by an external industrial client. Students will be tutored in the synthesis of practical solutions to complex technical problems within a structured working environment, as if they were research and development professional engineers.

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

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs)

Having completed this unit the student should be able to:

1. Search, analyse and document engineering science and other relevant literature in order to determine the need for further research in a chosen area;
2. Devise a methodology of investigation to improve knowledge or understanding of a chosen topic;
3. Collect and analyse a range of data (both qualitative and quantitative) to improve our collective understanding of a chosen topic;
4. Write a project report that follows good engineering science practice;
5. Present an oral presentation of the findings of an investigation to an audience of peers or lay people.

 

 

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 function effectively as an individual and as a member of a collaborative research team.
  • Understanding of the principles of research.
  • Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning.
  • Openness to new ideas and unconventional critiques of received wisdom.

Eligibility and requirements

Prerequisites

ONE OF

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
BMEN90026 Clinical Trials and Regulations
Semester 1
12.5

BMEN90020 Biomedical Design and Regulation

(BMEN90026 Clinical Trials and Regulation may be taken concurrently with BMEN90018)

AND

At least four level 9 Biomedical Engineering (BMEN) subjects

  • BMEN90018 Semester 1 and BMEN90018 Semester 2 can only be taken in the final semester of enrolment.
  • BMEN90018 Year-Long can only be taken in the final 2 semesters of enrolment.

Corequisites

None

Non-allowed subjects

433-464 Project Work

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
BMEN90025 2019
BMEN40001 2019
BMEN40002 2019
ELEN40001 2019
MCEN40020 2019
COMP40013 2019

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home

Assessment

DescriptionTimingPercentage
  • A literature review of 3,000 words per student, excluding appendices or supporting material that can include diagrams or tables, requiring approximately 100 hours of work.Due at end of week 7 of first semester.
  • 3000 words
Week 710%
  • A Final Report (5,000 words). Due in week 12 of the final semester.
  • 5000 words
Week 1260%
  • A technical oral examination of no more than one half hour duration per student. Technical oral examination includes a formal presentation of 15 minutes per student followed by questions from an academic supervisor and academic examiner. Due in week 12 of the final semester.
  • 30 minutes
Week 1215%
  • A lay person oral examination of 15 minutes duration. Due in week 12 of the final semester.
  • 15 minutes
Week 125%
  • Static display materials (e.g. poster, computer demonstration, prototype), requiring 30-35 hours of work. Due in week 12 of the final semester.
  • 35 hours
Week 1210%

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    CoordinatorsDavid Ackland and Daniel Heath
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours2 x one hour lectures and up to 24 hours of meetings with supervisors
    Total time commitment400 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

    Dr David Ackland

    dackland@unimelb.edu.au

    Dr Daniel Heath

    daniel.heath@unimelb.edu.au

  • Year Long
    CoordinatorsDavid Ackland and Daniel Heath
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours2 x one hour lectures and up to 24 hours of meetings with supervisors
    Total time commitment400 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 May 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Year Long contact information

    Dr David Ackland

    dackland@unimelb.edu.au

    Dr Daniel Heath

    daniel.heath@unimelb.edu.au

  • Semester 2
    CoordinatorsDavid Ackland and Daniel Heath
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours2 x one hour lectures and up to 24 hours of meetings with supervisors
    Total time commitment400 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

    Dr David Ackland

    dackland@unimelb.edu.au

    Dr Daniel Health

    daniel.heath@unimelb.edu.au

Time commitment details

400 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    None

    Recommended texts and other resources

    None

  • Subject notes

    LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODS

    The subject is delivered through two one-hour lectures, and weekly meetings with academic project supervisors.

    CAREERS / INDUSTRY LINKS

    Exposure to biomedical engineering in industry, hospitals and research laboratories through collaborative projects with external co-supervision arrangements.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 19 July 2019