ENG4700 - Engineering technology for biomedical imaging and sensing - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Chris Davies


Dr Stephen Dubsky
Dr Victor Cadarso

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


Completion of 90 credit points


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. 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 sensing device.


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

  1. Describe the underlying principles of operation of various technologies for imaging and sensing of biological systems in a medical and scientific research context.
  2. Describe practical implementations and characteristics of various imaging and sensing technologies in a medical and scientific research context.
  3. Decide the suitability of various imaging and sensing technologies for a specific application.
  4. Generate clear, concise and high quality documentation and reports for communication of complex integrated ideas.
  5. Design and justify implementations of cutting-edge sensing technology considering technical, user and commercial requirements and limitations.
  6. Plan and negotiate with peers to achieve an optimal outcome in an extended and multi-faceted project.


Continuous assessment: 70%

Examination (2 hours): 30%

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

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. A unit requires on average three to five hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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