Faculty of Engineering

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
Organisational UnitDivision of Biological Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)A Fouras


Introduction to biomedical engineering from the perspective of engineering based technologies of sensing and imaging. Topics include: basis of light and radiation, principles of synchrotron operation, practical study at the Australian synchrotron, human physiology for engineers, principles of detection and sensing of signals, biomedically relevant properties and phenomena.

The unit begins with an intensive lecture series culminating in a mid-semester examination. During this time project teams are formed and project proposals are developed. Project work continues with groups and individuals combining projects, allocated resources, knowledge and skills to develop a biomedical imaging device. The unit culminates in a test of this biomedical device at the Australian synchrotron.


To instil:

  • understanding of the basic physics of light and radiation
  • working knowledge of synchrotrons
  • familiarity with the basic human physiological systems
  • an understanding of the physics and principles in the detection of radiation (including visible and X-ray light) and biomedical data

To develop:

  • project management skills in a technically complex environment
  • the ability to independently conduct study that supports knowledge and skills gained in coursework
  • the ability to apply knowledge and skills learned in coursework and independent study for the design of biomedical imaging and sensing devices


Mid-semester Exam: 20%, Project: 80%
Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

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Contact hours

Weeks 1-6: 4 hours lectures, 1 hour tutorials and 6 hours of private study
Weeks 7-12: 2 hours practical, 3 hours tutorials and 6 hours private study


Completion of 90 credit points