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BP5001
Ionising and Non-ionising Radiation in Medicine
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Professor DJ Lurie

Pre-requisite(s): Undergraduate degree, normally in a Physical Science or Engineering subject.

Note(s): Restricted to students taking one of the four BMP PgT programmes.

Lectures and practicals covering:
Radiation physics, radiodiagnosis, nuclear medicine, radiotherapy, radiation protection, lasers and ultraviolet light in medicine, ophthalmic and audiological physics, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound in medicine.

60 one-hour lectures over half-session; 4 practical sessions over half-session.

1 two-hour written examination (50%); continuous assessment (50%).

BP5002
Computing and Engineering in Medicine
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr AR Allen

Pre-requisite(s): Undergraduate degree, normally in a Physical Science or Engineering subject.

Note(s): Restricted to students taking one of the four BMP PgT programmes.

Lectures and practicals covering:
Computing, software development, computing applications, digital electronics, mechanics, analogue electronics, medical electronics, orthopaedics, rehabilitation engineering.

55 one-hour lectures over half-session; 2 practical sessions over half-session; 4 software development sessions over half-session; 4 tutorials over half-session.

1 two-hour written examination (50%); continuous assessment (50%).

BP5003
Biomedical and Professional Topics in Healthcare Science
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Professor P Sharp

Pre-requisite(s): Undergraduate degree, normally in a Physical Science or Engineering subject.

Note(s): Restricted to students taking one of the four BMP PgT programmes.

Lectures covering:
Safety, statistics, professional topics, scientific methods, physiology and disease, cell biochemistry.

60 one-hour lectures over two half-sessions.

1 x 1.25 hour written examination (67%); continuous assessment (33%).

BP50BM
Biomedical Engineering (MSc)
CREDIT POINTS 180

Course Co-ordinator: Prof. David J. Lurie

Pre-requisite(s): A degree or equivalent qualification, at the prescribed standard, in an Engineering or Physical Science subject.

Lectures, tutorials and practical classes. Core lecture course (September to December), followed by specialisation in three "Deeper-Study" sub-topics (January to April), then MSc project (May to August).

Core lecture course: 15 1-hour lectures per week, plus tutorials and practicals.
Deeper-Studies: 9 1-hour lectures per week, plus tutorials and practicals.
Also self-directed learning.
Total of 1200 hours in taught element.

3 written examinations.
Continuous assessment (essays, practical reports, student presentations).
Project dissertation.
Project presentation.
Oral examination.

BP50MI
Medical Imaging (MSc)
CREDIT POINTS 180

Course Co-ordinator: Prof. David J. Lurie

Pre-requisite(s): A degree or equivalent qualification, at the prescribed standard, in a Science or Engineering subject.

Lectures, tutorials and practical classes. Core lecture course (September to December), followed by specialisation in three "Deeper-Study" sub-topics
(January to April), then MSc project (May to August).

Core lecture course: 15 1-hour lectures per week, plus tutorials and practicals.
Deeper-Studies: 9 1-hour lectures per week, plus tutorials and practicals.
Also self-directed learning.
Total of 1200 hours in taught element.

3 written examinations.
Continuous assessment (essays, practical reports, student presentations).
Project dissertation.
Project presentation.
Oral examination.

BP50MP
Medical Physics (MSc)
CREDIT POINTS 180

Course Co-ordinator: Prof. David J. Lurie

Pre-requisite(s): A degree or equivalent qualification, at the prescribed standard, in a Physical Science or Engineering subject.

Lectures, tutorials and practical classes. Core lecture course (September to December), followed by specialisation in three "Deeper-Study" sub-topics (January to April), then MSc project (May to August).

Core lecture course: 15 1-hour lectures per week, plus tutorials and practicals.
Deeper-Studies: 9 1-hour lectures per week, plus tutorials and practicals.
Also self-directed learning.
Total of 1200 hours in taught element.

3 written examinations.
Continuous assessment (essays, practical reports, student presentations).
Project dissertation.
Project presentation.
Oral examination.

BP50PC
Medical Physics Computing (MSc)
CREDIT POINTS 180

Course Co-ordinator: Prof. David J. Lurie

Pre-requisite(s): A degree or equivalent qualification, at the prescribed standard, in a Physical Science or Engineering subject.

Lectures, tutorials and practical classes. Core lecture course (September to December), followed by specialisation in three "Deeper-Study" sub-topics (January to April), then MSc project (May to August).

Core lecture course: 15 1-hour lectures per week, plus tutorials and practicals.
Deeper-Studies: 9 1-hour lectures per week, plus tutorials and practicals.
Also self-directed learning.
Total of 1200 hours in taught element.

3 written examinations.
Continuous assessment (essays, practical reports, student presentations).
Project dissertation.
Project presentation.
Oral examination.

BP51BM
Biomedical Engineering (PgDip)
CREDIT POINTS 120

Course Co-ordinator: Prof. David J. Lurie

Pre-requisite(s): A degree or equivalent qualification, at the prescribed standard, in an Engineering or Physical Science subject.

Lectures, tutorials and practical classes. Core lecture course (September to December), followed by specialisation in three "Deeper-Study" sub-topics (January to April).

Core lecture course: 15 1-hour lectures per week, plus tutorials and practicals.
Deeper-Studies: 9 1-hour lectures per week, plus tutorials and practicals.
Also self-directed learning.
Total of 1200 hours.

3 written examinations.
Continuous assessment (essays, practical reports, student presentations).
Oral examination.

BP51MI
Medical Imaging (PgDip)
CREDIT POINTS 120

Course Co-ordinator: Prof. David J. Lurie

Pre-requisite(s): A degree or equivalent qualification, at the prescribed standard, in a Science or Engineering subject.

Lectures, tutorials and practical classes. Core lecture course (September to December), followed by specialisation in three "Deeper-Study" sub-topics (January to April).

Core lecture course: 15 1-hour lectures per week, plus tutorials and practicals.
Deeper-Studies: 9 1-hour lectures per week, plus tutorials and practicals.
Also self-directed learning.
Total of 1200 hours.

3 written examinations.
Continuous assessment (essays, practical reports, student presentations).
Oral examination.

BP51MP
Medical Physics (PgDip)
CREDIT POINTS 120

Course Co-ordinator: Prof. David J. Lurie

Pre-requisite(s): A degree or equivalent qualification, at the prescribed standard, in a Physical Science or Engineering subject.

Lectures, tutorials and practical classes. Core lecture course (September to December), followed by specialisation in three "Deeper-Study" sub-topics (January to April).

Core lecture course: 15 1-hour lectures per week, plus tutorials and practicals.
Deeper-Studies: 9 1-hour lectures per week, plus tutorials and practicals.
Also self-directed learning.
Total of 1200 hours.

3 written examinations.
Continuous assessment (essays, practical reports, student presentations).
Oral examination.

BP51PC
Medical Physics Computing (PgDip)
CREDIT POINTS 120

Course Co-ordinator: Prof. David J. Lurie

Pre-requisite(s): A degree or equivalent qualification, at the prescribed standard, in a Physical Science or Engineering subject.

Lectures, tutorials and practical classes. Core lecture course (September to December), followed by specialisation in three "Deeper-Study" sub-topics (January to April).

Core lecture course: 15 1-hour lectures per week, plus tutorials and practicals.
Deeper-Studies: 9 1-hour lectures per week, plus tutorials and practicals.
Also self-directed learning.
Total of 1200 hours.

3 written examinations.
Continuous assessment (essays, practical reports, student presentations).
Oral examination.

BP5501
Radiotherapy and Radiation Physics
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Mr G Robertson

Pre-requisite(s): BP5001, BP5002

Note(s): Restricted to students taking one of the four BMP PgT programmes.

Lectures and tutorials covering all aspects of radiotherapy physics including radiobiology of radiotherapy treatment, charged particle therapy, disometry, treatment planning, brachytherapy, radiotherapy equipment, quality assurance, safety and radiation protection in radiotherapy. Clinical attachments/demonstrations in CT treatment planning, gynaecological brachytherapy, megavoltage beam data acquisition and linear accelerator QA.

36 one-hour lectures over half-session; 4 practicals/demonstrations.

1 one-hour written examination (67%); continuous assessment (33%).

BP5502
Nuclear Medicine & Positron Emission Tomography
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr H Gemmell

Pre-requisite(s): BP5001, BP5002

Note(s): Restricted to students taking one of the four BMP PgT programmes.

Covers the whole field of Nuclear Medicine, including PET. Starts with the physics of instrumentation from radiation detectors to gamma cameras, and PET images. Considers the use of this equipment in clinical practice and the measurement of performance for quality control. The interpretation of nuclear medicine images and their role in clinical practice is considered together with the application of data processing techniques.

36 one-hour lectures over half-session; 4 practicals/demonstrations.

1 one-hour written examination (67%); continuous assessment (33%).

BP5503
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Prof David Lurie

Pre-requisite(s): BP5001, BP5002

Note(s): Restricted to students taking one of the four BMP PgT programmes.

Basic physics of NMR, relaxation phenomena, relaxation time measurement, contrast manipulation. Advanced MRI methods including fast imaging, chemical shift imaging, diffusion imaging, functional MRI. Flow imaging, MR angiography, cardiac gated imaging. Hardware for MRI. Radiofrequency coils, surface coils. Quality control, safety, installation, use of an MR imager in the clinical environment. In vivo NMR spectroscopy. Advanced MRI techniques.

36 one-hour lectures over half-session; 4 practicals/demonstrations.

1 one-hour written examination (67%); continuous assessment (33%).

BP5504
Medical Electronics and Instrumentation
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr H Seton

Pre-requisite(s): BP5001, BP5002

Note(s): Restricted to students taking one of the four BMP PgT programmes.

Topics will include active Filters, amplifiers for physiological signals, transducers, signal processing and recording, body impedance measurement, biomagnetic signals, automated signal analysis, renal dialysis equipment, electrical stimulation, anaesthetic gas analysers, pulse oximetry, management of equipment. Digital logic, microprocessors, peripherals and interfaces.

36 one-hour lectures over half-session; 4 practicals/demonstrations.

1 one-hour written examination (67%); continuous assessment (33%).

BP5505
Medical Image Processing Analysis
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: George Cameron

Pre-requisite(s): BP5001, BP5002

Note(s): Restricted to students taking one of the four BMP PgT programmes.

Topics covered include image formation, representation and display; image degradation and restoration; intensity and colour processing; spatial and spectral filtering; simple object and shape recognition; segmentation; compression and image registration and fusion.

36 one-hour lectures over half-session; 4 practicals/demonstrations.

1 one-hour written examination (67%); continuous assessment (33%).

BP5506
Diagnostic Radiology and Radiation Protection
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Lynsey McKay

Pre-requisite(s): BP5001, BP5002

Note(s): Restricted to students taking one of the four BMP PgT programmes.

X-rays as a diagnostic imaging tool. X-ray equipment design and use; image formation and factors affecting it. Radiation doses to patients and staff will also be investigated. We will then look at the legislative requirements and guidance for radiation protection in the hospital setting where a range of ionising radiations are used. The scientific basis for dose limits will be studied. Procedures for restricting doses to staff and patients including shielding calculations, emergency procedures and contingency planning will be considered. Issues associated with transporting radioactive materials.

36 one-hour lectures over half-session; 4 practicals/demonstrations.

1 one-hour written examination (67%); continuous assessment (33%).

BP5507
Biomedical Computing
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr AR Allen

Pre-requisite(s): BP5001, BP5002

Note(s): Restricted to students taking one of the four BMP PgT programmes.

Provides a technology and computing skills toolbox for use by medical physicists and bioengineers. Topics include tools and methods for data analysis and other scientific applications. Administration of Windows and Linux PCs in small networks. Computer Security: firewalls, viruses, cryptography, authentication. Networking technology, standards, and practical configuration. Wireless networking. Medical informatics communications standards (including DICOM). PACS. Distributed computing, PC clusters. Web authoring and development for scientific use, SML. Current topics and future trends in biomedical computing, such as Virtual Reality, wearable sensors, telemedicine and the developing world, web services.

36 one-hour lectures over half-session; 4 practicals/demonstrations.

1 one-hour written examination (67%); continuous assessment (33%).

BP5508
Non-Ionising EM Radiations and Ultrasound in Medicine
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr A Manivannan

Pre-requisite(s): BP5001, BP5002

Note(s): Restricted to students taking one of the four BMP PgT programmes.

Therapeutic and diagnostic applications of lasers, radiofrequency, microwave and ultraviolet radiation. Non-ionising radiation interactions with tissue. Biological effects. Classification of lasers. Dosimetric and safety requirements. Core knowledge of lasers. Principles of ultrasound wave propagation. Use for diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical purposes. Measurement and visualisation of ultrasonic fields. Composition and performance of a diagnostic system. Doppler effect for measurement and imaging of blood flow. Artefacts in diagnostic images. Biological effects of ultrasound. Safety regulations. Quality assurance. New techniques, including 3D.

36 one-hour lectures over half-session; 4 practicals/demonstrations.

1 one-hour written examination (67%); continuous assessment (33%).

BP5901
MSc Project for Programmes in Medical Physics, Medical Physics Computing, Medical Imaging, Biomedical Engineering
CREDIT POINTS 60

Course Co-ordinator: Professor DJ Lurie

Pre-requisite(s): BP5001, BP5002, BP5003, three of BP5501-BP5509.

Note(s): Restricted to students taking one of the four BMP PgT programmes.

Literature review and laboratory work.

11-week research project; project presentation; thesis not exceeding 15,000 words, oral examination.

Thesis (68%); Student Presentation (8%); Oral Examination (24%).