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Medical biophysics (6 points)


Leader: Dr D Mills (Physics) and Assoc Prof R. Bywater (Physiology)

Clayton First semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: The behaviour of human and biomedical systems are understood in terms of underlying physical principles. Forces involved in human movement and body systems including muscles and joints. Energy and heat flow and metabolism, pressure, osmosis, diffusion and respiration, fluid flow in the cardiovascular system. Electrical charges, current, potential and capacitance in simple circuits, EEG, ECG, cells and nerve conduction. Sound and ultrasound, human hearing, refraction and lenses, the human eye, optical and electron microscopes. X-rays and radiation, biological effects and damage, radiation therapy and medical imaging.

Assessment: Written examination: 50% + Practical test 15% + Practical work: 10% + Reports and assignments 25%

Contact Hours: 3 lectures and an average of 1.5 hours laboratory and 1.5 hour tutorial session per week

Prohibitions: PHS1031

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