Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (ENGG1960)


The purpose of this unit of study is to introduce students to the fundamentals of their chosen discipline: biomedical engineering. This involves lectures on the the medical device technology and key industry players in the medical device industry, fundamental human biology, engineering mechanics as a background to the biomechanics of the human body, and the basics of biomedical design through engineering drawing. This will be achieved in three ways: 1. Introductory lectures on the Biomedical Engineering Industry. 2. Weekly lectures on the fundamentals of human biology and the key anatomical systems relevant to biomedical engineering to prepare students for MECH2901 Anatomy and Physiology for Engineers. 3. Weekly lectures and tutorial on engineering mechanics with a biomechanics and biomedical design focus to give students a good grounding in engineering mechanics which will serve as a fundamental knowledge for intermediate units in the field (Mechanical, Mechatronics majors) and to give all students a useful working grasp of engineering mechanics, the basis of biomechanics, as a pre-requisite for the senior core unit MECH4961 Biomechanics and Biomaterials (Chemical, IT, Electrical majors, and combined degree students). 4. Introductory lectures and computer tutorials on engineering drawing and design, which will serve as a fundamental knowledge for intermediate units in the field and to give students a useful working grasp of engineering drawing and design essential for all practising engineers (Chemical, IT, Electrical majors, and combined degree students) and as a pre-requisite for the senior core unit MECH3660 Manufacturing Engineering. Strand 1: Introduction to Biomedical Engineering. This strand will comprise 6 hours of lectures in weeks 1 and 2. The purpose is to develop for students an understanding of what Biomedical Engineering is, the range of medical devices and device manufacturers in the market today, an overview of biotechnology, and the key companies both local and multinational in the field. At the end of this component, students will have a clear understanding of what biomedical engineering is, current medical device technology on the market and the key manufacturers of these devices, and the biotechnology industry in terms of processes, products, and key companies involved. Strand 2: Introduction to Human Biology. This strand will comprise 13 hours of lectures as a weekly 1 hour lecture from week 1 to 13. It will provide an introduction to human anatomy and physiology. The first part of the strand involves a theoretical overview of cell and tissue structures. The second part of the strand gives a theoretical overview of specific relevant anatomical systems for biomedical engineers. Support and Movement: skeletal system and muscular system. Control Systems: nervous system. Regulation and Maintenance: cardiovascular system. Strand 3: Engineering Mechanics. This strand will comprise a weekly 2 hour lecture from week 3 to 13, and a 2 hour tutorial from weeks 3 to 13. The strand aims to provide students with an understanding of and competence in solving statics problems in engineering. Tutorial sessions will help students to improve their group work and problem solving skills, and gain competency in extracting a simplified version of a problem from a complex situation. Emphasis is placed on the ability to work in 3D as well as 2D, including the 2D and 3D visualization of structures and structural components, and the vectorial 2D and 3D representations of spatial points, forces and moments. Strand 4: Engineering design and drawing. This strand also involve 6 hours of lectures on Engineering Drawing in weeks 11-13 and CAD (computer-aided-design) supplemented by laboratories working on actual CAD designs.

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3 hr lectures per week, 2hrs tutorials per week.


Through semester assessments (65%), FInal Exam (35%)

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