MEC5889 - Medical device technologies - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Professor Sunita Chauhan

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


Warning: This unit will contain some images of a medical nature that some people may find confronting.


The aim of this unit is to couple engineering techniques relevant to medical devices and systems with clinical and surgical demands. The unit will address the fundamentals of human body systems, and how this relates to the physical principles and design of typical medical and bio-mechatronic devices and their application in the clinic and surgery. A key focus will be the classification of medical devices in terms of safety and regulatory regimes in Australia and worldwide, including in relation to the development of new devices. Imaging devices and imaging modalities will be introduced, as will the coupling of imaging and surgical tools in the one device. Implantable devices for both diagnostic and therapeutic use and the advanced manufacturing of medical devices will be covered.


On successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. Relate knowledge of the fundamentals of anatomy and physiology related to 11 human systems and natural synovial joints to clinical application of medical devices and implants.
  2. Evaluate the effectiveness of medical imaging systems based on the imaging modality and the physical situation being imaged.
  3. Compare passive and active prosthetics according to the clinical needs.
  4. Analyse a surgical situation to specify the appropriate robotic surgical intervention.
  5. Classify medical devices according to safety and regulatory in Australia and in the worldwide context.
  6. Design and prototype a simple medical device.
  7. Engage in regular self-assessment and peer-assessment of individual and team performance as a primary means of tracking continuing professional development.


Continuous assessment: 50%

Examination (2 hours): 50%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component 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

2-3 hours lectures, 2-3 hours of labs and tutorial practice and 6-8 hours of private study per week.

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