Available in 2018

Course handbook


Projects in BioInnovation and Design Part A is the first part of a multi-term sequence course offered over two semesters. Groups of students (3-5 per group) from different disciplines will work together on either an industry-initiated, or university-initiated project with an industry application, with a view to the development of a product with commercial potential. Student teams will be supervised by an inter-disciplinary tam of academics and industry stakeholders.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018

Multi-term sequence

This course is part of a multi-term sequence. Both Part A and Part B must be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence. Part A and Part B must be completed in consecutive terms. Students must complete Part A before completing Part B. Students must complete the sequence within a twelve month period. If students complete Part A but are unable to complete Part B within the timeframe, they must re-enrol in Part A.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Develop the ability to work as a key team member, to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and solve complex, multidisciplinary problems in biomedicine.

2. Develop knowledge of how biomedical products and technology are developed and brought to market.

3. Form industry linkages and develop basic business skills relevant for successful start-up business and entrepreneurs.

4. Develop analytical and communication skills to describe the potential for product development, entrepreneurship and innovation


The course will include the introductory elements of bioinnovation and entrepreneurship in the medical sciences including how to undertake a needs analysis for a specific technological solution, how to determine the size of need for that specific solution and its potential for financial return. In Part A, students will be also be involved in the early development and testing of a prototype technological solution. Regular mentoring by a team of supervisors will guide this process, together with the learnings from a seminar series delivered by invited speakers with entrepreneurial/industry/academic experience.

Assumed knowledge

Prior basic knowledge or relevant work experience in medicine, natural sciences, engineering or design/technology.

Assessment items

Proposal / Plan: Proposal Report

Participation: Attendance at Seminar series

Presentation: Oral Presentation

Participation: Participation

Contact hours


Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 20 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Students will work towards a literature review and presentation


Face to Face On Campus 5 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Students will spend time on their project