UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

BMEG4003 Cardiovascular Biomechanics

Credit 6 points
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AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2017UWA (Perth)Face to face2020
Content This unit is concerned with cardiovascular biomechanics which is the study of the function and the structure of the cardiovascular system using the methods of mechanics. This lies at the heart of all major cardiovascular diseases, which are responsible for about one-third of world's deaths. The underpinning principle which will be referred to several times in this unit is that the cardiovascular system adapts in order to normalise its mechanical environment. The cardiovascular system is able to do this because mechanical forces are sensed by tissues, and deviations from 'normal' result in biological changes which affect structure.

This unit will introduce students to the far-reaching field of cardiovascular biomechanics in health and disease, and provide students with new skills obtained through coursework, laboratories and assignments.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) describe the structure and function of the entire cardiovascular system; (2) evaluate the role of material behaviour in cardiovascular health and disease; (3) evaluate the role of blood, its components and movement in cardiovascular health and disease; (4) evaluate the mechanisms of the heart and their role in cardiovascular health and disease; (5) explain how the cardiovascular system responds to mechanical stimuli; (6) apply computational methods (fluid mechanics) to analyse haemodynamics and interpret results; (7) apply computational methods (solid mechanics) to analyse displacements, stresses and strains in the cardiovascular system and interpret results; (8) design and execute experiments that assess cardiovascular function and interpret results; (9) design medical devices to treat various forms of cardiovascular disease; and (10) write concise reports using appropriate discourse conventions.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) laboratories; (2) project; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Barry Doyle
Unit rules
Prerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical Engineering specialisation)
Advisable prior study: PHYL2002 Physiology of Cells, ENSC3023 Introduction Biomedical Engineering
Contact hours Lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials and lab classes 2 hours per week

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