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Biomedical Engineering Skills 2 ENG2012

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The course consists of three components: a Design and Manufacturing skills component comprising manufacturing and workshop practice and Computer Aided Drawing/Design (CAD); a Matlab assessment and a Biomedical Engineering Group Design Project. The Design and Manufacturing skills component, the course syllabus contains the principal components of CAD and CAD libraries, layers, tools and presentation, and the use of detailed engineering drawings for design.


Various lectures and classes timetabled throughout both semesters

Requirements of Entry





40% Written Assignment: Matlab Assignment (20%) and CAD Assignment (20%)

40% Project Output (Other than dissertation): Matlab coursework (20%) and CAD (20%)

20% Report: Individual Design Project Report

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 


It is not possible to offer reassessment in group project work in this course. Students failing to complete the group project work, without good cause, will receive a Credit Refused (CR) grade and will be required to re-attend the course the following year.

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ provide introductory training in the use of Matlab;

■ provide training in the use of CAD and industrially relevant CAD software;

■ provide training in engineering drawing and design presentation;

■ indicate the use of CAD to provide manufacturing information for design;

■ provide students with practical experience in measurement and analysis;

■ provide a basic introductory course on workshop practice;

■ provide the experience of working on a project in a group environment;

■ provide the opportunity for report preparation and the development of oral presentation skills;

■ encourage the discipline required for accurate record keeping;

■ allow the student to perform an in depth investigation of a design problem relevant to the contemporary Biomedical Engineer;

■ encourage independent thought and the application of analytical skills to an unfamiliar area;

■ teach basic research techniques.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ demonstrate an ability to work/program with Matlab;

■ demonstrate an ability to work with CAD;

■ use CAD libraries, tools and layers;

■ present detailed components, assemblies and projections using CAD;

■ demonstrate an understanding and awareness of engineering workshop manufacturing techniques and requirements;

■ demonstrate an understanding of the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act;

■ record that they have completed 30hrs of workshop practice, comprising sheet metal work, measurement, machining and the use of CNC;

■ work successfully with his/her colleagues;

■ demonstrate good communication skills;

■ produce a well prepared report;

■ deliver an effective oral presentation;

■ keep an accurate record of their work in a log book;

■ show initiative during the investigation of a biomedical design problem;

■ demonstrate intelligent application of the analytical skills expected of a Second Year student of Biomedical Engineering;

■ use basic project techniques.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components of the course's summative assessment.


Students must attend the timetabled laboratory classes.