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MECH2901: Anatomy and Physiology for Engineers (2013 - Semester 2)

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Unit: MECH2901: Anatomy and Physiology for Engineers (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Intermediate
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: A/Prof Dunstan, Colin
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Cumberland
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study provides the underpinning knowledge needed in biomedical engineering designs. It is not a pre-requisite for any units of study. However, the anatomic and physiological functional knowledge gained in this subject will enhance prototype development of biomedical designs. Students should gain familiarity with anatomical and physiological terms and their meaning, understanding of the gross anatomy of the major systems in the human body and their importance in the design of biomedical devices and understanding of the major physiological principles which govern the operation of the human body.
Assumed Knowledge: A basic understanding of biology. Recommended: BIOL1003 (or equivalent)
Lecturer/s: Dr Chow, Chin Moi
A/Prof Dunstan, Colin
Dr Murphy, Ann
Timetable: MECH2901 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.50 1 13
2 Laboratory 2.00 1 6
3 Independent Study 8.00
T&L Activities: Lectures: 2.5 hours of lectures per week. 12 hours of laboratory work per semester.

Practical Work:

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
Be able to exercise critical judgment and adopt a problem solving approach when applying anatomic and physiologic knowledge to engineering principles in biomedical designs.Students will write on a topic, and make an attempt to device a piece of medical equipment related to the specific topic. Design (Level 2)
Be able to apply knowledge in anatomic and physiologic functions to biomedical designs. Be able to handle various biomedical equipment in their practical classes and adapt to handling cadaver specime Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 2)
Develop a body of knowledge in the fields of anatomy and physiology. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 2)
Be able to identify, access, organize and apply knowledge gained. Information Seeking (Level 3)
Students will make an oral presentation on a topic Communication (Level 2)
The ability to work with others (students will work in pairs in one assignment task and in anatomy practicals) Professional Conduct (Level 2)

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.

Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 2)
1. Determine how a biomedical engineering device affects the normal anatomy and function of the body.
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 2)
2. Identify the gross anatomical features of the human body
3. Describe the normal function of the major body systems (nervous, circulatory, respiratory, musculoskeletal, and renal)
4. Determine how these functions relate to cellular function
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Mid-Sem Exam No 20.00 Week 8 2, 3, 4,
2 Assignment Yes 20.00 Week 5 1, 2, 3, 4,
3 Final Exam No 60.00 Exam Period 2, 3, 4,
Assessment Description: Mid-semester exam (20%), Assignments and reports (20%), final exam (60%).
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 . 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.
Special Conditions to Pass UoS All assessments must be completed.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Introductory Anatomy, Bone tissue
Week 2 Joints
Week 3 Muscle tissue and muscles
Week 4 Muscle tissue and muscles
Week 5 Neural Tissue
Assessment Due: Assignment
Week 6 Anatomy of the Heart and Blood Vessels
Week 7 Respiratory anatomy, Respiratory Histology, Renal anatomy
Week 8 CVS Physiology
Mid-Semester Exam
Assessment Due: Mid-Sem Exam
Week 9 CVS Physiology
Respiratory Physiology
Week 10 No lectures - public holiday
Week 11 Respiratory Physiology, Oral Presentations
Week 12 Sleep Physiology
Week 13 Renal Physiology
Renal Anatomy
STUVAC (Week 14) Free for independent study
Exam Period Final exam
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 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
Biomedical - Chemical and Biomolecular Major 2013, 2014
Biomedical - Electrical Major 2013, 2014
Biomedical - Information Technology Major 2013, 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical) / Law 2010, 2011, 2012
Biomedical - Mechanical Major 2013, 2014
Biomedical - Mechatronics Major 2013, 2014
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

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Project Management and Team Skills (Level 2) No 0%
Design (Level 2) Yes 0%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 2) Yes 5%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 2) Yes 94.99%
Information Seeking (Level 3) Yes 0%
Communication (Level 2) Yes 0%
Professional Conduct (Level 2) 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.