Fundamentals of Biomedical Engineering

Module aims

This course will provide basic principles of mathematics, computational thinking, basic electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and physics required for other courses in the intercalated Biomedical Engineering programme.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

• Define the terms used to describe engineering properties of materials and be able to use these terms to describe physically and numerically the response of engineering materials to applied loads.

• Identify and apply the appropriate physical principles required to solve a range of mechanics and electronics problems

• Use mathematical equations, including first and second order differential equations to model physical systems and solve mechanics and electronics problems

• Apply the principles and concepts of fluid mechanics, including conservation of mass and the Bernoulli equation, to solve simple fluid-flow problems.

• Write programming code for a range of purposes including controlling microprocesses and solving mathematical equations computationally

• Analyse and predict the performance and functions of simple digital systems and electrical circuits.

• Design solutions for a modest range of digital and electronic problems

Module syllabus

Fundamentals of mechanics, Behaviour of materials, Key electrical engineering concepts, Key mathematics for engineering


Basics in algebra, matrix & vector calculus, logarithms, functions, differentiation, integration, complex numbers

Teaching methods

Lectures: 36 hours
Study groups: 18 hours


Progress test, 30%

Main exam, 70%