ELEC3802: Fundamentals of Biomedical Engineering (2014 - Semester 1)

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Unit: ELEC3802: Fundamentals of Biomedical Engineering (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior
Faculty/School: School of Electrical and Information Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr McEwan, Alistair
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit: http://www.eelab.usyd.edu.au/ELEC3802/syllabus
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit assumes a knowledge of basic principles in physics, mathematics, circuit theory and electronics. In particular, some understanding of the following is required: Thevenins and Nortons theorems, Fourier analysis, radiation, filtering, bipolar and field effect transistors, and operational amplifiers.

The following topics are covered. Biology of the heart, circulatory and respiratory systems, physiology of nerve and muscle cells, fundamental organization of the brain and spinal cord. Medical instrumentation. ElectrocardioGram and automated diagnosis. Heart pacemakers and defibrillators. The bionic ear. Apparatus for treatment of sleep disordered breathing(sleep apnoea).

This unit is descriptive and does not require detailed knowledge of electronics or mathematics, but does require an understanding of some key aspects of mathematical and electronic theory. The unit concentrates on some of the practical applications of biomedical engineering to patient diagnosis and treatment.
Assumed Knowledge: ELEC2004 OR ELEC2104. A knowledge of basic electrical engineering is required: Ohm`s law, Thevenin`s and Norton`s theorems, basic circuit theory involving linear resistors, capacitors and inductors, a basic knowledge of bipolar and field effect transistor theory, simplified theoretical mechanism of operation of transformers.
Lecturer/s: Dr Nickolls, Peter
Timetable: ELEC3802 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Project Work - in class 2.00 1 13
3 Independent Study 3.00 1 12
T&L Activities: Project Work - in class: Construction and analysis of a body organ model.

Analysis of biological sergical(ECG).

Physiology study of a body system (nerve).

Independent Study: Lecture and lab notes available on the web must be studied in advance for full understanding. Students need to do some preparation for tutorials and labs.

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Extensive design and analysis in labs. Design (Level 4)
Broad fundamentals knowledge of biology and bomedical engineering. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
Lectures and labs. Learn direct information and how to follow lab procedures. Information Seeking (Level 2)
Group work in labs with individual reports. Communication (Level 3)
Group work in labs and tutorials. Project Management and Team Skills (Level 3)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Design (Level 4)
1. Ability to conduct experiments using a clearly defined approach, to make measurements on various medical instrumentation, and derive a diagnosis.
2. Ability to implement appropriate quality control procedures in the development of biomedical engineering lab experiments by applying technical principles and methodologies developed throughout the course.
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
3. Proficiency in describing medical instrumentation including ECG, heart pacemakers and defibrillators, hearing aid and bionic ear and ventilators to the extent of the material presented.
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
4. Ability to demonstrate an understanding of fundamental concepts of biology including Anatomy, Physiology, Histology, Pathology.
5. Ability to demonstrate an understanding of basic circuit theory at a level suitable for use with medical instrumentation.
Information Seeking (Level 2)
6. Ability to identify information needs and use these as drivers to instigate inquiry and knowledge development by drawing on, and evaluating diverse sources of information to produce meaningful conclusions on the specific subject of biomedical engineering.
Communication (Level 3)
7. Proficiency in writing lab reports to convey complex and technical data in clear and concise terms, arguing persuasively the approach and results obtained in light of the problem or task assigned and the adopted methodology.
Professional Conduct (Level 2)
8. Ability to work in a team, assume diverse roles and responsibilities, show initiative and leadership, as well as receptiveness to various contributions and viewpoints to reach a multilateral consensus in the approach and results of lab experiments.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Final Exam No 70.00 Exam Period 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
2 Lab Skills No 15.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
3 Quizzes No 15.00 Multiple Weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
Assessment Description: Quizzes: Mid-semester quizzes to provide early feedback (3 per semester)

Lab Skills: Laboratory Assignments (3 report submissions)

Final Exam: Final Examination
Assessment Feedback: Quiz results and solutions, detailed feedback in lab sessions and from marked reports.
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD (High Distinction), D (Distinction), CR (Credit), P (Pass) and F (Fail) as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Online Course Content: http://www.eelab.usyd.edu.au/ELEC3802/syllabus
Note on Resources: No text required. Notes will be on the web.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction, Biology of nerves
Week 2 Biology of nerves, muscles, heart lungs
Week 3 Signal processing, amplifiers transistors
Week 4 Medical sensors, wheat stonebridge, phase locked loop
Week 5 ECG, recording signals from body
Week 6 Pacemakers
Week 7 Rate responsive, pacemakers
Week 8 Implantible defibrillators
Week 9 Bionic ear
Week 10 Bionic ear
Week 11 Ventilators
Week 12 Mechanician of sleep apneas
Week 13 Devices for treating sleep apneas
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Biomedical - Electrical Major 2013, 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical) / Law 2010, 2011, 2012
Electrical (Bioelectronics) 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Arts 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Commerce 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Medical Science 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Science 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Law 2011, 2012
Mechanical (Biomedical) 2010, 2011, 2012
Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical) / Arts 2011, 2012
Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical) / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012
Mechanical Engineering(Biomedical) / Medical Science 2010, 2011, 2012
Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical) / Project Management 2012
Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical) / Science 2011, 2012
Biomedical Engineering / Law 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Arts 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Commerce 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Medical Science 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Project Management 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Science 2013, 2014
Computer Engineering 2010
Electrical 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Computer) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Commerce 2012, 2013, 2014, 2011
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Power) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Telecommunications) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Software 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Telecommunications 2010
Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science) 2010, 2011, 2012
Information Technology (Computer Science)/Arts 2012
Computer Engineering / Commerce 2010
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Medical Science 2011, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Science 2012

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 4) Yes 6.75%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4) No 18.88%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) Yes 37.75%
Information Seeking (Level 2) Yes 18.88%
Communication (Level 3) Yes 15.88%
Professional Conduct (Level 2) No 1.88%
Project Management and Team Skills (Level 3) Yes 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.