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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.
- 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
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs)
Having completed this unit the student is expected to:
- describe the structure and function of cellular and cardiopulmonary systems.
- interpret various measures of dynamic responses of the cardiopulmonary system.
- Calculate vascular resistances using thermodilution techniques.
- Implement and evaluate a physiological model on a computer.
- Develop models for analysing physiological systems to determine physiological parameters.
- Design a monitoring system to monitor a specific physiological process.
- Describe the principles underlying various life support devices.
- Identify types of medical devices and their safety requirements.
- Identify clinical and biotechnological workplace areas with their specialised environmental requirements.
- Identify the type of methodology required to analyse different systems using clinical studies.
- 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: 18 December 2020