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BMEG4003 Cardiovascular Biomechanics

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2OnlineOnline timetabled
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 the world's deaths. The underpinning principle which is 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' results in biological changes which affect structure.

This unit introduces students to the far-reaching field of cardiovascular biomechanics in health and disease, and provides students with new skills obtained through coursework, laboratories and assignments.
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; and (9) write concise reports using appropriate discourse conventions.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) project and (2) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Barry Doyle
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical Engineering specialisation or Chemical Engineering specialisation or Mechanical Engineering specialisation)
Advisable prior study:
PHYL2002 Physiology of Cells, ENSC3023 Introduction Biomedical Engineering
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; practical classes and lab classes: 2 hours per week
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