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ES173 Biomedical Engineering

spr.jpg 15_cats.jpgModule Leader: Prof C.J.James

Co-Lecturer: Dr L. Pecchia


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Module Information

Applicability

2015/16 -

Scope

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.

Core Optional
 

Automotive Engineering

Civil Engineering

Electronic Engineering

Engineering Business Management

Engineering

Manufacturing and Mechanical

Mechanical


Aims

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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Syllabus

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.




Teaching Methods

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.


Laboratories/Workshops

  • 2 hours on Presentation Design, and
  • 6 hours of Student Group Presentations.

Assessment

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%