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MEC3031 : Introduction to Biomedical Engineering

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Tom Joyce
  • Lecturer: Dr Oana Bretcanu
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


•       Introduce mechanical engineering techniques relevant to applications in biomedical engineering
•       Provide knowledge and understanding of key healthcare technologies and their impact.
•       Raise critical awareness of the ethical and regulatory aspects of biomedical engineering.
•       Introduce basic biology and physiology relevant to the biomedical engineering application

Outline Of Syllabus

•       Broad overview of biomedical engineering
•       Biology and physiology for mechanical engineers
•       Case study of a medical implant including clinical need, relevant local anatomy, assessment of previous
and current design solutions, medical implant regulation and assessment of current clinical issues

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials111:0011:00Viewing learning materials online
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities113:0033:00Guided critical reading activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00PiP. Tutorial - Weekly Q&A Sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study144:0044:00Independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Synchronous online. Induction lecture
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide the medium through which information and complex ideas can be delivered. The students will investigate a contemporary area of biomedical engineering in depth. This engineering solution will be assessed and critiqued by students through guided learning, prior to being assessed. Independent study supports the students' self-study in reading around the lecture material and the associated scientific literature.

Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person due to the prevailing C-19 circumstances. The tutorial Q&A sessions will become synchronous online.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination751A100Consists of 100 multiple-choice questions (MCQs).
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment1MWeekly online quizzes are offered to help reinforce material, practice calculation and guide student learning.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assessment will be by a multiple-choice question (MCQ) computer-based examination. This will test the students’ knowledge of the contemporary issue in biomedical engineering as well as their ability to undertake appropriate engineering calculations. If an in-person examination is not possible due to unforeseen universal circumstances (such as a pandemic), then either (a) an individual or paired assignment can be set regarding the contemporary issue in biomedical engineering studied or (b) the exam can go ahead as open-book under time limited conditions.

Reading Lists