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Anatomy and Physiology for Engineers (BMEN90028)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeBMEN90028
Semester 2
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This subject introduces engineering students to human anatomy and physiology, with direct application of the knowledge to considerations for designing and manufacturing medical devices and equipment to assist in overcoming physical disabilities.


Topics include:

Anatomical terminology. The structure and appearance of cells and tissues. The appearance of bone and cartilage, the organisation of dense connective tissues. Skeletal muscle structure and function. Principles of excitable tissues. The structure and function of sensory systems, including the eye and vision and the ear and hearing. Principles of sensory motor control. Cardiac mechanics and cardiac biophysics. Multiscale modelling of physiological systems. Technologies, quantitative measurements and experimental techniques used to investigate the structure and function of different tissues, organs and organ systems.

Intended learning outcomes


Having completed this unit the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate correct usage of the terminology used to describe anatomical structures.
  2. Describe the organisation of cells and tissues.
  3. Describe the principles relating to the structure of connective tissues, skeletal muscle, bones and joints.
  4. Describe the principles of excitable tissues.
  5. Describe the structure and function of the human eye and ear and the mechanisms of vision and hearing.
  6. Describe the principles of sensorimotor control.
  7. Describe cardiac mechanics and cardiac biophysics.
  8. Develop quantitative descriptions of physiological properties and systems.
  9. Describe the application of technologies and techniques for investigating the structure and function of the body.
  10. Demonstrate communication skills (oral and written) to describe the structure and function of the human body.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • Ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large
  • Capacity for lifelong learning and professional development
  • Profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of scholarship.

Last updated: 30 July 2019