Co-Lecturer: Dr L. Pecchia
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This module is one of a suite of first year options designed to complement the engineering and business studies of Engineering Students with a broader view of the world in which they will work. The course will assume an ‘A-level’ knowledge of mathematics and Physics, but only a rudimentary knowledge of how the body works.
The principal aims of this module are to:
- provide engineers with a fundamental introductory understanding of the structure and function of the human body;
- provide an awareness and basic understanding of established and emerging biomedical technology for the measurement and modification of the structure and function of the human body;
- enable the participants to investigate and communicate ideas from pioneering areas in biomedical engineering research;
- provide an understanding of the biomedical engineering profession and the various roles of the biomedical engineer.
By the end of the module the student should be able to...
- Appreciate the large array of biomedical engineering fields.
- Understand basic functions of the human body.
- Understand the basic tenets of fundamental technologies in biomedical engineering including: biomedical imaging, biomechanics, biomedical signal processing.
- Understand trends in technological innovations in the cardiac, neural and rehabilitation fields.
- Understand biomedical engineering as a profession and ethical considerations.
Introduction to Biomedical Engineering and an overview of the human body – basic physiology and anatomy. The major organs and how they perform.
Biomechanics: Bones and muscles. The skeleton, and the operation of the muscular system. Statics, force loading, measurement of motion, forces and levers.
Cardiovascular systems: The heart, circulatory system, and respiration, including consideration of dimensions, flow rates and forces.
Medical Diagnostics and Medical Imaging: The role of technology in providing early diagnostics and remote monitoring. Clinical imaging technology, including MRI, PET, CT, and ultrasound.
DNA: How DNA carries the genetic code, DNA sequencing, and evolution. Nanotechnology.
Neural Engineering: The structure and function of the brain. Accessing information from the brain through bioelectric potentials: EEG & MEG. The use of neural implants such as deep brain stimulation & cochlear implants.
Biomedical Engineering as a profession: various roles of the biomedical engineer, career paths, the role of ethics in BME.
This module includes 20 hours of lectures, 4 hours of seminars, 2 hours of examples classes and 2 hours of Revision Classes
Guided independent learning: 116 hours.
- 2 hours on Presentation Design, and
- 6 hours of Student Group Presentations.
This module is 70% examined by a 3-hour paper:
Exam rubric information:
- 5 Compulsory Questions
and 30% from assessment including:
- Individual seminar report 10%
- Oral presentation 15%
- Individual logbook on group presentations 5%