Introduction to biomedical engineering

lgbio1112  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Introduction to biomedical engineering
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
45.0 h
Lefèvre Philippe;
No prerequisites
Main themes
Biomedical engineering is a pluridisciplinary field that finds its place at the interface between biomedical sciences and engineering sciences leading on to a multitude of applications. Thus, biomedical engineering is not only an important discipline subject to specific teachings in a constantly increasing number of universities, but also a domain quite difficult to apprehend at first glance.
Therefore the main objective of this course is to present to the students whose interests lay in biomedical engineering an introduction to the discipline. Concretely, this course covers an introduction to the main domains of biomedical engineering: (bio)-instrumentation, medical imaging, medical computer sciences, biological models, artificial organs, (bio)-materials, rehabilitation engineering, radiophysics, and clinical engineering.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 Regarding the learning outcomes of the program of "Master in Biomedical Engineering", this course contributes to the development and the acquisition of the following learning outcomes:
    AA1.1, AA1.2, AA1.3
More precisely, at the end of this course, students will be able to:
  • understand, through a series of examples, the notions of (bio)instrumentation, (bio)material, artificial organs, medical imaging, clinical engineering, modelling of biological systems, etc. '
  • later on, apply these concepts in order to solve elementary problems in the field of biomedical engineering

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
The different fields of application of engineering to biomedical sciences will be presented in the course, with many examples of practical implementations. Among them:
  • Biomedical engineering : a historical perspective
  • Ethics in the field of biomedical engineering
  • Biomechanics (mechanical properties of biomaterials and applications)
  • Rehabilitation
  • Biomaterials
  • Tissue engineering
  • Bioinstrumentation
  • Biosensors
  • Biomedical signals processing
  • Mathematical modeling of physiological systems
  • Bioinformatics and genomics
  • Medical imaging
Teaching methods
The course is made of lectures given by the teachers.
Evaluation methods
Students will be individually evaluated (written and/or oral examination) on the learning outcomes detailed above.
Les documents du cours sont disponibles sur iCampus.
"Introduction to Biomedical Engineering", Elsevier, disponible à la BST
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Physics

Minor in Engineering Sciences : biomedical (only available for reenrolment)

Minor in Biomedical Engineering

Specialization track in Biomedical Engineering