Biomedical engineering is the application of engineering principles to healthcare. In this minor, we will demonstrate how engineering can be used to understand how the human body works and how engineering can be used to diagnose, treat and manage a range of illnesses and conditions. It will cover a range of topics including:
• how control theory can be used to explain how the body maintains its core environment
• the physical principles behind the major senses of sight and hearing
• pressure, volume and flow in blood vessels and the brain
• how devices can be designed and build to measure indicators of the body’s physiology
• how engineering can be used to ease conditions arising from old age or injury
• biomaterials and biomechanics
• tissue engineering
• biomedical engineering design
The engineering will be applied to real-life problems and there will be a hospital visit.
Specific skills which students will learn include:
• being able to apply a variety of engineering principles to the human body.
• describing how the body works using engineering analogies.
• analysing and solving problems using realistic approximations and assumptions.
Module 1 (Year 2, Term 2) – Physics of the Human Body
- learn how the body maintains an optimal internal environment by comparing human autoregulation with other examples of control in science and engineering.
- examine thermoregulation of the human body in some detail and see examples of how relatively simple physical principles can be used to explain aspects of human physiology.
- learn about some of the underlying physical principles that underpin human sensing.
- learn about pressure, volume and flow in blood vessels and the brain.
Module 2 (Year 3, Term 1) – Physiological Monitoring
The module provides an understanding of the theory and practice of transducers and monitoring techniques in medicine and physiology and covers most of the commonly used methods in medical practice with the exception of those derived from imaging and radionuclide methods.
Module 3 (Year 3, Term 2) – Applications of Biomedical Engineering
This module illustrates how the foundation knowledge of bioengineering is used in the provision of clinical services. Topics include EEG/ECG/EMG, respiratory measurement, rehabilitation engineering and aspects relating to medical devices.
This minor cannot be chosen by those on the Biomedical Engineering Programme.
Dr Terence Leung
Dept Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering
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