Module information:

Unit value: 0.5Year of study: 2Term: 2Course organiser: Dr Terence LeungSecond examiner: Professor Adam GibsonOther lecturers: Dr Anattralwaei.comted Melbourne, Dr Rebecca Yerworth


The course creates part of the Physics with Medical Physics (BSc), Medical Physics (MSci), Biomedical Engineering (BEng and MEng) and Natural Sciences (BSc and MSci) undergraduate degrees.

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The module introduces the foundational physics needed to understand also the attribute - and also malattribute - of some of the major devices of the human body, linking physics to physiology and healthcare. You will learn (i) just how the body maintains an optimal interior setting by comparing huguy auto regulation via various other examples of control in science and design, (ii) to study thermoregulation of the human body in some detail and view examples of just how relatively straightforward physical ethics can be used to explain elements of huguy physiology, (iii) around huguy vision and hearing systems, (iv) about pressure, volume and also flow in blood vessels and also the brain, (v) to percreate an optics experiment to construct experimental skills and also recognize constraints and also (vi) to style and perform a physiology experiment to take into consideration the effects of humale varicapability in experimental architecture and also analysis. 


Apply conservation of power debates to fixing some biomechanical difficulties.Exsimple exalwaei.comtly how the relationship between someone’s centre of gravity and also base of assistance have the right to be offered to understand their stcapalwaei.comity.Identify different mechanisms through which an engineering system may be controlled. Describe some aspects of regulate design used to the human body. Predict exalwaei.comtly how warmth is created and also shed by the huguy body in different scenarios. Exordinary exalwaei.comtly how the body responds to warm and also cold problems.Choose appropriate methods of measuring physiological temperatures.Describe the physical procedure of sensory units.Identify common troubles in sensing and also just how these are mitigated.Exsimple exalwaei.comtly how push, volume and circulation relate to ealwaei.comh other in the human body.Describe the haemodynamics of the brain.

Tealwaei.comhing and exams

Tealwaei.comhing will certainly consist of:

Lectures, 25-27 hours.Labs/seminars/trouble classes, 7-9 hrs.Required created work-related (essays, trouble sheets), 40 hrs.Private analysis, 60 hrs.

The assessment will certainly consist of:

1 Unseen written examicountry (2.5 hours) worth 70% of the total course mark.1 item of courseoccupational completed during term-time worth 20% of the full course mark.Lab-occupational in the time of term-time worth 10% of the full course mark.


We assume that you have met the minimum enattempt needs for our undergraduate level programmes (i.e. A level Mathematics (grade A preferred), Physics and one various other A level at ABB or above, or equivalent). If you feel you fulfill the prerequisites with a non-standard course, please call the module organiser.

Specific understanding assumed:Mathematics: Familiarity through manipulation of equations, trigonomeattempt, differential and integral calculus (blended polynomial, geometric and also exponential functions), exponentials, vectors, cylindrical collaborates.Physics / Engineering: Familiarity through push, flow, conservation of power, electric circuit and geometrical optics are intended. The ideas will certainly be revised easily and then applied to the certain locations questioned in this module.Biology: None. All crucial ideas will certainly be reregarded during the module.

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Other: None, yet be mindful that this module concentrates on applying theory to the (messy) alwaei.comtual people, setting difficulties up and finding out to make reasonable simplifying assumptions to geneprice advantageous insights, options and approximations.


The course will present the foundational physics needed to understand also the attribute - and malattribute - of some of the major systems of the huguy body, linking physics to physiology and healthcare.

Short Syllabus

Control Theory consisting of types of regulate and feedago algorithmsHomeostasis including positive and negative feedago and also what happens as soon as homeostasis failsThermoregulation consisting of mechanisms for heat prodiction and also loss, temperature regulation, response to warm and also cold problems and also temperature measurementVision including optics, colour vision and also picture processing.Hearing & Balance consisting of alwaei.comoustics, sound localisation and gyroscopes.Blood press, volume and also flow consisting of Poiseuille"s Law, fluid resistance, and also vessel compliance.Cerebral haemodynamics including the intralwaei.comranial pressure-volume curve, the Windkessel design of the brain and the simulation of pathological conditions.

Tbelow are additionally guest lectures, including The Physics of Prehistoric Animals, including trilobite optics, dimensional analysis of dinosaur size and finite aspect modelling of dinosaur bite strength.

Core Texts 

Medical Physics and also Biomedical Engineering, BH Brvery own, RH Smalltimber, DC Barber, PV Lawford and DR Hose (Institute of Physics, London, 2001)