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Clinical Trials and Regulations (BMEN90026)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeBMEN90026
Semester 1
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This subject teaches fundamentals of probability and statistics, clinical trial processes and regulations of therapeutic goods and specialised health care environments to Master of Engineering (Biomedical) students.


Foundations of probability: independence, conditional probability, Bayes’ rule; Random variables: cumulative distributions, probability mass and probability density functions, expectation and variance, functions of a random variable, important distributions and their properties and uses; Sums, inequalities and limit theorems: Basic statistical concepts: confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, significance levels, correlation, analysis of variance; Decision testing: maximum likelihood, maximum a posteriori, minimum cost and Neyman-Pearson rules, basic minimum mean-square error estimation, regression.

Risk management and international and Australian regulatory guidelines for electrical, chemical, biological and administrative health care processes, in particular medical devices: regulations, classifications and standards; familiarisation with specialised clinical/laboratory environmental control and containment guidelines; ethical standards and sponsor responsibilities.

Clinical trials: Design and analysis of experiments; Clinical trials and ethical consent; Principles of drug development: Global regulation and harmonisation of format of processes, decisions and good clinical practices; Institutional structures, product information and guidelines: clinical trials notification schemes, human ethics, chemical, synthesis and property drug information, and drug guidelines; Drug regulation in Australia.

Intended learning outcomes

Having completed this subject it is expected that the student be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the axioms of probability, random variables, Bayes’ rule, and the ability to calculate and interpret probabilities, probability densities, means, variances and covariances
  2. Demonstrate the ability to fit probability models to data by both estimating and testing hypotheses about model parameters
  3. Apply standard statistical procedures using a statistical computing package
  4. Describe the appropriate standards used in the design and maintenance of biomedical devices and the appropriate schedules in the distribution of therapeutic agents
  5. Describe the regulations that are required to place a new medical device or a therapeutic agent into a clinical trial and then market
  6. Describe important processes of experimental design in pre-clinical and clinical trials
  7. Describe the therapeutic device/agents post-market evaluation and incident reporting schemes
  8. Discuss the ethics, standards and regulations applicable to the development of therapeutic devices and/or agents in Australia and overseas.

Generic skills

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

  • Understanding of social, cultural, global, and environmental responsibilities and the need to employ principles of sustainable development
  • Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large
  • Ability to manage information and documentation
  • 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.

Last updated: 11 November 2018