GENG4408 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
- 6 points
|Semester 2||UWA (Perth)||Face to face|
- Biomedical engineers develop materials, processes and devices that help prevent or treat disease or rehabilitate patients. This unit covers the three fundamentals of bioengineering: (1) Biomaterials—artificial materials that can be placed into the body (e.g. implants, artificial valves, etc.); (2) Biomechanics—study of the structure and function of human biological systems through engineering mechanics, and investigate hard (e.g. bone), mixed (e.g. musculoskeletal) and soft (e.g. cardiovascular) tissue systems; (3) Biomedical imaging—how imaging is applied to the diagnoses or treatment of disease.
Students gain an insight into how engineering and the body interact and the methods by which engineering can be used to help characterise, monitor, diagnose illness and disease, and repair the human body.
- Students are able to (1) differentiate between the different types of biomaterials and be able to select the best for a given application; (2) understand reaction of the body to various biomaterials; (3) understand how the cardiovascular system works from a biomechanics perspective and be able to design and create new medical devices and therapies; (4) understand the biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system and be able to create new rehabilitation strategies and medical devices; (5) understand the fundamentals of tissue optics and their application to medicine, and have the capability to design an optical imaging system; and (6) understand the challenges in developing optical imaging probes, in particular, intravascular optical coherence tomography, and evaluate images acquired from these systems.
- Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) assignments; (2) group project; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Associate Professor Tim Sercombe
- Unit rules
- enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering
- Contact hours
- lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials/activities: 2 hours per week
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
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- Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.