ECE4087 - Medical technology innovation - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering


Assoc Professor Nemai Karmakar

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit provides an introduction to the process of design and innovation with particular reference to medical technology. The design, development and manufacture of medical technology are covered, taking into consideration safety and effectiveness issues, regulatory and legal issues, the patient equipment interface and the hospital or medical environment in which the equipment is to be used. This will be achieved through case studies and development of a business plan.


At the successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Describe the process of medical technology innovation in the context of Australian case studies.
  2. Propose a conceptual design for a new device using medical technology considering a wide range of parameters including technical feasibility, patient/doctor acceptance, manufacturability, financial viability, and safety.
  3. Formulate a business plan for new technology innovation.


Continuous assessment: 50%

Examination: (2 hours) 50%

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.

Workload requirements

3 hours lectures, 3 hours laboratory and practice classes and 6 hours of private study per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


ECE4807, ECE5087, ECE5807