• Offered by School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering, Biomedical Science
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Steve Lee
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2021
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Some students not meeting the prereq courses may still obtain admission to this course. Please contact the course convenor.

This course covers the physical concept behind the bio-signal transduction that leads to the acquisition of signals from a biological system. It will also provide a framework towards the understanding of interpretation of these signals into multi-dimensional data for imaging and analysis. The images or signal are then used for understanding biological systems and also diagnostics purposes. Key concept behind these techniques such as MRI, ultrasound, biophotonics, microscopy, EEG, and medical imaging processing will be taught in this course. There will be examples of qualitative performance in the context of molecular and clinical settings.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On successful completion of this course, students should have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. Develop background knowledge on the operation and function of different biomedical imaging instruments to measure signals from biological systems.
  2. Explain the fundamental principles of advanced imaging concepts in fluorescence and nanoscale imaging to study molecular dynamics in living cells.
  3. Identify the limitation of each imaging modalities and also how they complement each other. Select the appropriate imaging tools for each application.
  4. Analyse and compare imaging systems for different biological levels: organs, tissues, cells, and molecules, justifying the pros and cons of each technique.
  5. Critique the design factors that contribute to construction of advanced bioimaging systems with numerical calculations and physical concepts.
  6. Analyse and compare the performance of each of the imaging modalities using basic numerical methods to measure biological systems of different size scales from nanometers to millimeters.

Professional Skills Mapping:
Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies 

Indicative Assessment

  1. Quizzes (25%); 
  2. Presentation (15%); 
  3. Report (15%); 
  4. Final Exam (45%)

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed ENGN2217 or ENGN2218 or BIOL1004.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4410
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7698 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person N/A

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