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Module

MEC3031 : Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (BEng)

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • 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 materials91:009:00Non-synchronous Online - Structured presentation of module material
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Timed Computer Based Assessment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion240:3012:00Revision for Computer Based Assessment
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study242:0048:00Review of lecture material
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study130:0030:00Reading around the subject and understanding background issues
Total100:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
MEC8054Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (MSc)
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Non synchronous sessions will introduce the teaching material which after introducing relevant biology for engineers, will mostly focus on an introduction to biomechanical engineering. The online sessions provide the medium through which information and complex ideas can be delivered. The teaching material delivered will cover current biomedical engineering research governance and, through a taught case study, analyse in detail a clinical situation where a biomedical engineering solution is available. The use of a case study will allow the students to investigate a contemporary area of biomedical engineering in depth. This engineering solution will be assessed and critiqued by students during discussions, prior to being examined. These discussions will help the students to understand the area of biomedical engineering as well as related concerns such as regulatory requirements. Private 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.

Students should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment1M369 weekly assessments of 4% each
Essay1M64N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment will be by essay and computer based assessment.

Reading Lists

Timetable