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MEC3031 : Introduction to Biomedical Engineering

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Domenico Formica
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


• To introduce basic biology and physiology concepts relevant to biomedical engineering applications.
• To critically apply mechanical engineering techniques to biomedical engineering problems.
• To provide knowledge and understanding of key biomedical technologies and their impact.
• To raise critical awareness of the use of biomedical technologies and provide practical examples of their application.

Outline Of Syllabus

• Overview of biomedical engineering technologies and applications.
• Introduction to relevant biology and physiology for mechanical engineers.
• Case studies of relevant technologies in biomedical engineering, including relevant anatomy and physiology, analysis of design solutions and possible relevant biomedical applications.
• Examples of possible experimental applications of biomedical technologies, with demonstration of data acquisition and analysis in MATLAB

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Exam completion.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture42:008:00Lectures.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00Induction lecture.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials43:0012:00Review lecture materials.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical22:004:00Practical session for the acquisition of experimental data.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical52:3012:30Data analysis in MATLAB.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery111:0011:00Drop-in tutorials.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00Independent study for exam preparation and quizzes.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide the medium through which information and complex ideas can be delivered. The students will investigate biomedical engineering application in depth. The presented engineering solutions will be assessed and critiqued by students through guided learning, prior to being assessed. Practical sessions for experimental data acquisition and their elaboration in MATLAB will provide skills on experimental design and data analysis of biomedical signals. Independent study supports the students' self-study in reading around the lecture material and the associated scientific literature.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Digital Examination901A100Consists of 60 multiple-choice questions (MCQs).
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

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 issues in biomedical engineering as well as their ability to undertake appropriate engineering calculations.

Weekly online quizzes are offered to help reinforce material, practice calculation and guide student learning.

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