Biomedical Engineering



Lindsay FitzpatrickBioSci



Course Description

This course will provide students with a fundamental understanding of cell biology, human physiology and the application of engineering principles (momentum and mass transfer, mechanics, materials) for the solution of medical problems. Topics include: Cell Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Transport Phenomena in the Body, Biomechanics, Materials in Medicine, and Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering. (0/12/0/30/0)

Objectives and Outcomes

The objective of this course is to introduce students to the fundamentals necessary to understand and appreciate the issues involved in engineering in the body and to provide a framework for upper level studies in the area.  

Specific course learning outcomes include:

  1. Describe the organization of cells, proteins and macromolecules into tissues and organs as well as the function of major organ systems within the body, including the cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, renal and immune systems.
  2. Analyze and solve problems involving transport phenomena in the body in the context of the design and application of biomedical devices for the treatment of injury and disease.
  3. Apply the principles of mechanics to competently analyze gross movement of the human body.
  4. Apply the principles of materials properties and engineering for the design and application of biomedical devices.
  5. Apply the principles of cell biology and engineering for the design and application of tissue engineering, bioreactors and regenerative medicine.

This course assesses the following attributes:

Knowledge base (CLO 1-5):

  • CHEE-KB-BIO-1. Applies knowledge of cellular and/or biological processes to engineering problems.
  • CHEE-KB-BIO-2. Applies foundations of science, materials science, and engineering in biological, physiological, pharmaceutical and/or environmental problems or processes.

Problem analysis (CLO 2-5):

  • CHEE-PA-2. Creates process for solving problem including qualitative approximations and assumptions to reach substantiated conclusions.

Relevance to the Program

CHEE 340 is a core course in the Biochemical Engineering (CHE2) option and a Chemical Process Engineering (CHE1) Group A technical elective. It builds upon aspects of core chemical engineering principles of thermodynamics, mass transport and fluid mechanics taught in 2nd and 3rd year (CHEE 210, 223, 330), and fundamental cell biology introduced in CHEE 229.

Course Structure and Activities

3 lecture hours + 1 tutorial hour per week. Please refer to SOLUS for times and locations


Recommended Textbook:

Principles of Biomedical Engineering, SV Madihally, Artech House, 2010. (Available at the Stauffer Library)

Other useful resources:

Biomaterials Science: An Introduction to Materials In Medicine, 3rd Edition. Ratner, Hoffman, Schoen, Lemons, 2013. (Available as an ebook through the University Library).

Transport Phenomena in Biological Systems, Second Edition. George A. Truskey, Fan Yuan, and David F. Katz, 2004. (Available at the Engineering & Science Library)

Principles of anatomy and physiology. Twelfth Edition. Gerard J. Tortora and Bryan H. Derrickson.  2009. (Available at the Bracken Health Science Library)

All course lecture slides, tutorials and problem sets will be posted on the course LMS.