Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This unit examines biomedical engineering aspects of physiology, including cell structure and function, transport across cell membranes and receptor function together with the origin of biopotentials. In addition the functional, organisation and chemical composition of the human body, nerve conduction, muscle contraction and neuromuscular transmission are studied. Other topics include selected physiological systems (e.g. circulatory system and cardiac function, immune mechanisms, haematology, central nervous system, and respiratory system). Definitions and medical terminology as required for the practice of biomedical engineering are an important part of the course. Introductory aspects relating to foetal, neonatal, paediatric and obstetric physiology are included.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPaul Junor

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

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Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsIntroduction to biomedical engineeringPrescribedEnderle, J & Bronzino, J (ed)3RD EDN, ELSEVIER 2012
ReadingsHuman PhysiologyRecommendedVander, Sherman and Luciano 20018TH EDN
ReadingsMedical instrumentation application and design,RecommendedWebster, J. G. (ed.)4TH EDN, WILEY 2009.
ReadingsOther recommended reading will be advised during the course of the subjectRecommendedN/AN/A
ReadingsPhysiology at a glanceRecommendedWard, J., Linden, R.3RD EDN, WILEY 2013

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPaul Junor

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
Assignments (approx 1000 words)20
Exam (2 hours)60
Labs (approx 1000 words each)In order to pass the unit, students must obtain an overall pass grade, pass the examination and pass the practical work.20