Cellular & Tissue Biomechanics

Subject 436-387 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Thirty-two hours of lectures, 12 hours of tutorials and 4 hours of laboratory work
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: 421-285 Bioengineering Systems Modelling 1 and 521-225 Intergrated Biomedical Science and 536-225 Intergrated Biomedical Science II
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Ms Carolyn Barrie
Subject Overview: This subject examines the mechanics of cells and tissues in a variety of contexts, including the fundamental mechanical behaviour of muscle cells through to whole body injury mechanics and forensic investigation. Various modes of tissue injury will be outlined, with a consideration given to the variability of responses between tissues and from person to person. Cell, tissue and whole body mechanics will be taught using a variety of case studies, ranging from situations leading to muscle strain and tears to impact mechanics in car crashes. With a focus on using mechanics to understand various forms of damage to cells, tissues, consideration will be given to forensic reconstruction of accidents, to body protection and safety.

Reference will be made to the legal context in which forensic engineering is carried out. Engineering mechanics and computational analysis will be interwoven throughout the case studies.

Objectives: -

One 2-hour examination (40%) and two labs (10%), 2 field trips (10%), four assignments of 1000 words each or equivalent (40%).

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Information Not Available

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

At the end of this subject a student should have an:

  • ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals;

  • in-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline;

  • ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution;

  • ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance;

  • ability to function effectively as an individual and in multidisciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with a capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team leader.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical) Biomechanics
Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical)Biocellular
Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical)Bioinformatics
Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical)Biosignals
Bachelor of Engineering (EngineeringManagement)Mechanical&Manufacturing
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical &Manufacturing)/Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering)

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