Biomedical Physics

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Biomedical Physics

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Biomedical Sciences, Physics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Professionals in the applied sciences require an understanding of the processes of making and recording measurements and an understanding of the physical principles that govern the behaviour of both the physical parameters being measured and the instrument being used to make the measurement.  The aim of this unit is to introduce you to the processes of making measurements and estimating, processing and interpreting the uncertainties involved with these measurements.  To enable you to understand the physical parameters being measured and also the limits of the measuring instrument; the physics of mechanics, heat, sound and light will be introduced and explained.

    Learning Outcomes
    Through the successful completion of this unit you will:

    1. demonstrate a basic, broad understanding of the key biophysical principles that underpin biomedical science.
    2. be able to apply and manipulate simple formula, and develop basic problem solving skills.
    3. be able to construct and interpret graphs and use scientific conventions for recording, communicating and reporting laboratory and project work.
    4. gain basic competency in the use of laboratory instruments and techniques.

    Mechanics of the human body 

    • Gravity, mass and weight.
    • Force and levers (torque and moment).
    • Young's modulus and strength calculations and material properties. 
    • Work and energy. 

    Physics of the human body

    • Fluid dynamics, Poiseuille's equation, (flow, viscosity, resistance to flow, pressure gradients), hydrostatic pressure and compliance. 
    • Surface tension.
    • Molecular movement, diffusion, Fick's law, osmolarity, osmosis and osmotic pressure in biological systems. 
    • Gas laws, atmospheric pressure, partial pressure, density and specific gravity, (including Boyle's law, Henry's law and Dalton's law).
    • Electrical potential, potential difference across cell membranes and equilibrium potential, (Nernst equation), conduction, current, resistance and electrophoresis.
    • Sounds waves, frequency and velocity.

    Imaging of the human body and radiation

    • Light, electron and confocal microscopy. 
    • Electromagnetic spectrum, light, divergent beams and lasers.
    • Atoms, radiation and radiotherapy.
    • Medical imaging, including radiography (x rays), Doppler, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging.

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