Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Principles of biomedical organisation and management are introduced. There is emphasis on the contemporary practice of clinical engineering, with involvement of senior practicing biomedical engineers. Biomedical safety issues and applicable international standards for electrical safety are highlighted. Biomedical engineering systems such as equipment for anaesthesia and intensive care, electro-surgery, implantable stimulators and dialysis systems are discussed. Included are topics on cardiac assist devices (pacemakers, defibrillators and cardioverters), central monitoring stations and ambulatory monitoring. An introduction is made to typical biomaterials and selected medical imaging modalities.

SchoolSchool Engineering&Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSong Wang

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites ELE2CIR or ELE2ANI or admission into SMELE - Master of Electronic Engineering. All other students require coordinator's approval.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsIntroduction to biomedical equipment technologyPrescribedCarr, J., Brown, J4TH EDN., PEARSON, 2001
ReadingsMedical instrumentation application and design,RecommendedWebster, J. G. (ed.)4TH EDN, WILEY, 2009.
ReadingsClinical Engineering: A Handbook for Clinical and Biomedical EngineersRecommendedTaktak, A (ed)ELSEVIER,2014
ReadingsApplied Clincal EngineeringRecommendedFeinberg, BPRENTICE HALL, 1986
ReadingsOther recommeded reading will be advisedRecommendedtbatba

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Summarize and explain the characteristics of biomedical engineering departmental organization, equipment and management.

Lectures in weeks 1,2,3. Labs 1
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking
Ethical Awareness

02. Understand and be able to identify biomedical engineering safety standards for equipment and hospitals.

Lectures 4,5,6. and lab 2
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving
Discipline-specific GCs

03. Understand the principles and applications of medical systems such as electrosurgery, defibrillation, implanted devices, dialysis, anaesthesia, monitoring and intensive care.

Lectures 7,8,9,10. Lab 2
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research
Critical Thinking
Discipline-specific GCs
Ethical Awareness

04. Understand the types, characteristics and applications of medical imaging techniques.

Lectures 11, 12,. Lab 2
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research
Discipline-specific GCs
Ethical Awareness
Critical Thinking

Subject options

Select to view your study options…

Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPaul Junor

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Exam (2 hours)40 01, 02, 03, 04
Three assignments (approx 2,000-words equivalent in total)30 01, 02, 03, 04
Two laboratory reports (approx. 2,000-words equivalent total)30 01, 02, 03, 04