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

Describe the fundamental relationships between the DC and AC properties of components and a wide variety of circuits within which they are connected. Explain and apply Newton’s First, Second, and Third Laws. Identify the physical principles required to solve mechanics problems. Describe the fundamentals of electromagnetism. Describe the key elements of a digital computer and explain how digital logic relates to them. Predict the performance of an electrical circuit. Describe equations of motion, conservation of energy and momentum. Analyse the functions of some simple digital systems. Complete a modest range of digital design problems. Appreciate the representation of mathematical relationships. Know how to select the most appropriate mathematical technique for problem solving. Undertake circuit design at an elementary level. Solve equations of motion using mathematical tools. Write simple C programmes for microcontrollers. Translate mathematics concepts into computational solutions. To create MATLAB scripts. Break a physical system down to equations.

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: 18 hours
Study groups: 9 hours
Labs: 6 hours (Mres only)


●  Mastery exam: ; 40% weighting
    Rubrics: Final exam = 1.5h. 50% weighting. 4 questions. All questions are compulsory. A formula sheet will be provided.
    No type of previous exam answers or solutions will be available

●  Progress test: Progress test; 10% weighting; Computer based, multiple-choice

Feedback : No CWK. Immediate feedback during the labs and through the study groups.

Reading list