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Module

MEC3031 : Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (BEng)

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Tom Joyce
  • Lecturer: Dr Oana Bretcanu
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

•       Introduce mechanical engineering techniques relevant to applications in biological systems.
•       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

Outline Of Syllabus

•       Broad overview of Biomedical Engineering
•       Biology and physiology for 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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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
Total100:00
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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination1201A100Consists of 100 multiple-choice questions (MCQs).
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 in-person examination is not possible due to unforeseen universal circumstances (such as a pandemic), then an individual or paired assignment can be set regarding the contemporary issue in biomedical engineering studied.

Reading Lists

Timetable