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Last modified: 31 Jul 2023 11:19

Course Overview

Physiological and physicochemical phenomena in biological systems involve complex interactions between tissue, blood and nutrients such as glucose. This course will introduce the principles of biofluid and soft tissue mechanics, and mass transfer phenomena relevant to biological systems. Students will develop the ability to use mathematical modelling to analyse those phenomena, and gain insight into a range of therapies from the perspective of engineering.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Wenbo Zhan

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

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Course Description

This course provides insight into biological systems in terms of engineering principles. It is focused on mathematical modelling and its use in understanding and analysing biological systems and medical treatments. These may include treatments for cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

The course will cover a range of interlinked topics as indicated below. Case studies will be presented and will form the basis of practical problem-solving exercises.  Lectures on relevant research at the forefront of the field will also be included.

  • Biological fluid mechanics of the blood circulatory system and cerebrospinal fluid circulation
  • Transport phenomena in biological systems, including nutrients and drug delivery
  • Soft tissue mechanics of the central nervous system
  • Advanced mathematical models and their applications to the study of biological systems

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Alternative Assessment

Coursework essay (60%)

Coursework report (40%)


Resit failed component(s)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandDevelop the understanding of physiological and physicochemical phenomena in biological systems in terms of engineering principles
ProceduralApplyPerform mathematical modelling of biofluid and transport phenomena in biological systems
ReflectionEvaluateAssess the significances of modelling results to biological systems and medical treatments.
ReflectionEvaluateDiscuss the advantages and limitations of drug delivery systems and their developments.

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