ENME351-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024

Biomedical Engineering Design

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


This course will cover more in-depth engineering design methods than ENME301 and cover procedures that are not included in the engineering science subjects. The subject matter will have a biomedical design focus and will include additional content to cover bioethics and regulatory compliance. Overall students are brought to a level where they can undertake a substantial biomedical engineering design problem in a methodical manner, and can produce a professional quality design report.

This course is an elective for Mechanical Engineering students who are attempting the Biomedical Minor.

Learning Outcomes

  • Washington Accord (V4) Summary of Graduate Attributes attained in this course:
     WA1 – Engineering Knowledge
     WA2 – Problem Analysis
     WA3 – Design/Development of Solutions
     WA4 – Investigation
     WA5 – Tool Usage
     WA6 – The Engineer and the World
     WA7 – Ethics
     WA9 – Communication
     WA10 – Project Management and Finance
     WA11 – Lifelong Learning

  • Course topics with Learning Outcomes (and Washington Accord (WA) and UC Graduate Attributes) identified.

    1. Brainstorming & Concept Development
            1.1. Produce a conceptual and detailed design solution for an open-ended system that is only partially defined at the conceptual level (WA1, WA2, WA3, WA4, WA5) (EIE3, EIE5)
    2. Hand Analysis & Design Specs, Hand Sketching & Mock-ups, Prototyping & Scaling, Finite Element Analysis (FEA), and Engineering Drawings, Dimensioning, & Tolerancing
            2.1. Produce a professional design report including calculation set, and drawings (WA10)
    3. Soft Tissues, Fluid Environments, Incorporating Electronics, Fatigue Design, Welded & Bolted Joints
            3.1. Design components and structures using sections, bolted joints and welds, subjected to fatigue loading (WA1, WA2, WA3)
    4. Instrumentation & Sensors, Testing, Data Gathering, Pumps & Pressure Vessels
            4.1. Design pressure vessels by creating a conceptual solution to a problem and applying standards to complete the detailed design (WA2, WA3, WA4, WA8, WA12)
    5. Risk Management & Biostatistics, Biocompatibility & Safety, Regulatory Bodies, Use of Standards and Bioethics
            5.1. Understand what it means to work in the highly regulated medical device field, including regulatory compliance, bioethics, and biostatistics (WA12)
    v5.2. Understand design responsibilities regarding risk, reserve/safety factors, and ethical considerations (WA6, WA8)
    6. Machining, Design for Manufacturing, 3D Printing, Injection Moulding, Forming, and Good Manufacturing Practices (Just in Time, Lean, Six Sigma)
            6.1. Understand modern production management methods (WA11)
            6.2. Produce design solutions that accommodate functional constraints as well as manufacturability, production economics, aesthetics, and safety (WA3, WA4, WA6, WA11)
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.



Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 Ernest Rutherford 225
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00 Ernest Rutherford 225
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 446
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Debbie Munro


For detailed course, policy, regulatory and integrity information, please refer to the UC web site, or see relevant Course or Department LEARN pages, (which are available to enrolled students).

Additional Course Outline Information

Note on Limited Course Entry

• This course has a capacity of 40 students.  
Selection criteria is on 2nd Yr GPA, and at the discretion of the Department.
Students must declare the Minor and enrol in this course, by day 1 of Term 1 of 3rd Yr, to be considered.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,059.00

International fee $6,000.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Mechanical Engineering .

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