Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
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Professor Kristian Helmerson, Professor Helena Parkington
The behaviour of human and biomedical systems are understood in terms of underlying physical principles. Forces involved in human movement and body systems including muscles and joints. Energy and heat flow and metabolism, pressure, osmosis, diffusion and respiration, fluid flow in the cardiovascular system. Electrical charges, current, potential and capacitance in simple circuits, EEG, ECG, cells and nerve conduction. Sound and ultrasound, human hearing, refraction and lenses, the human eye, optical and electron microscopes. X-rays and radiation, biological effects and damage, radiation therapy and medical imaging.
Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to apply concepts of physics and introductory physiology as they relate to biomedical sciences in the following areas:
Students will develop basic practical skills in problem solving, experimental methods and uncertainties, analysis of data and written scientific communication.
Written examination (3 hours) (50%)
Practical work (25%)
Assignments (3 items consisting of set questions, online quizzes and a fact sheet A4 poster) (25%)
A pass in the final examination must be obtained to pass the unit.
3 lectures and 3 hours laboratory and problem solving per week.
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Must be enrolled in one of the following:
+ Bachelor of Biomedical Science (including double degree programs)
+ Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Scholar Program)
+ Bachelor of Biomedical Science Advanced with Honours
+ Bachelor of Emergency Health (Paramedic)
+ Bachelor of Radiation Sciences