BI2SM17-Biomedical Systems Design and Project Management

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:5
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
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Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Prof Rachel McCrindle

Email: r.j.mccrindle@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
This module introduces students to the concepts, practice and management associated with undertaking a project during which a technological solution is created for a given problem situation. The module addresses the lifecycle activities associated with developing a system as well as the management activities required to ensure that the product is developed on time, within budget and is fit for purpose. A Team Based Learning (TBL) approach is adopted, whereby students work in teams to achieve common goals within the lecture/seminar periods. The module also incorporates case studies and examples to show the application of the concepts and principles to real-world systems related to biomedical engineering. A substantial group project is undertaken. Due to the Team Based Learning approach, attendance at all lectures and seminars is compulsory.

Aims:
This module will provide students with an understanding of the concepts, practice and management biomedical systems. Students gain experience of working in teams to design and develop a wearable system designed to solve an identified real-world health-related need.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module, students will be expected to be able to:
-Understand the context of systems engineering and the importance of systems engineering for bioengineering systems;
- Describe the systems life cycle and the activities associated with each phase of it (feasibility, requirements, design, implementation, testing, handover, maintenance and evolution);
- Describe the essential concepts of project planning, risk analysis, configuration management and testing;
- Understand the difference between plan-based and agile-based approaches to systems development;
- Understand how the systems lifecycle stages ‘come into play’ within a number of different process models;
- Appreciate the importance of systems engineering for bioengineering/biomedical engineering systems
- Apply system lifecycle activities and project management concepts to a given specification (linked to the assignment).

Additional outcomes:
The module also aims to encourage the development of the following skills:
- Working with others in a group project and understanding a team approach to projects;
- Understanding why planning is important in their own work;
- Appreciating the need for back-ups and contingency plans;
- Innovation and creative thinking
- Communication and documentation
- Critical evaluation of technical, team and individual performance

Outline content:
A series of lectures and workshops will be delivered by module staff and invited speakers on areas relevant to core skills. Lectures will be supported by guided discussion in tutorials/seminars, case studies, worked examples, guided independent study and a team project. Topics include:
Introduction
- Introduction to the module, team based learning,systems engineering and assignments
- Systems, processes, systems engineering and software engineering and their relevance and application to bioengineering

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
This module will take a problem-based learning approach. The lectures will introduce students the theories, concepts and underpinning principles specified in the indicative content. Students will be supervised in the practicals to apply the concepts and principles to a given problem context and develop a technical solution. The lectures, tutorials, and Lab-based practicals will enable students to inquiry the cutting-edge solutions, and critically apply the methods to design and document the resultant products. A Team Based Learning (TBL) approach is adopted, whereby students work in teams to achieve common goals within the lecture/seminar periods. Due to the Team Based Learning approach, attendance at all lectures and seminars is compulsory.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 18 18 4
Tutorials 10
Practicals classes and workshops 10
Guided independent study: 67 67 6
       
Total hours by term 95 95 10
       
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Project output other than dissertation 70
Set exercise 30

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

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Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    By examination

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 8 April 2019

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