Biomedical Engineering



Laurence YangDupuis Hall


Farhad Avazzadeh

Course Description

This course will provide students with a fundamental understanding of cell biology, human physiology and the application of engineering principles (momentum and mass transfer, mechanics, materials) for the solution of medical problems. Topics include: Cell Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Transport Phenomena in the Body, Biomechanics, Materials in Medicine, and Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering. (0/12/0/30/0)

Objectives and Outcomes

The objective of this course is to introduce students to the fundamentals necessary to understand and appreciate the issues involved in engineering in the body and to provide a framework for upper level studies in the area.

Specific course learning outcomes include:

CLO1 Describe the organization of cells, proteins and macromolecules into tissues and organs as well as the function of major organ systems within the body, including the cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, renal and immune systems. KB-ES (Biochemical)
CLO2 Analyze and solve problems involving transport phenomena in the body in the context of the design and application of biomedical devices for the treatment of injury and disease. KB-ES (Biochemical)
CLO3 Apply the principles of mechanics to competently analyze gross movement of the human body. KB-ES (Biochemical)
PA Solve
CLO4 Apply the principles of materials properties and engineering for the design and application of biomedical devices. KB-ES (Biochemical)
PA Solve
CLO5 Apply the principles of cell biology and engineering for the design and application of tissue engineering, bioreactors and regenerative medicine. KB-ES (Biochemical)
PA Solve

This course assesses the following program indicators:

Knowledge Base (KB)

  • KB-Engineering Science Apply mathematics, natural science and engineering science to engineering problems

Problem Analysis (PA)

  • PA-Formulate Develop appropriate frameworks for solving complex engineering problems.
  • PA-Solve Implement solutions for complex engineering problems.

Relevance to the Program

CHEE 340 is a core course in the Biochemical Engineering (CHE2) option and a Chemical Process Engineering (CHE1) Group A technical elective. It builds upon aspects of core chemical engineering principles of thermodynamics, mass transport and fluid mechanics taught in 2nd and 3rd year (CHEE 210, 223, 330), and fundamental cell biology introduced in CHEE 229.

Course Structure and Activities

3 lecture hours + 1 tutorial hour per week. Please refer to SOLUS for times and locations. This course will be delivered remotely.


Asynchronous learning: Lectures slides and video lectures will be posted in the course learning management system (LMS).

Synchronous sessions: to support the asynchronous material, remote live sessions will be held each week at scheduled lecture and tutorial times via web conferencing software (Zoom). These sessions will cover content from lectures and tutorials.

Tutorial problem sets will be posted, with the solutions posted the following week. These problem sets are not marked. Students are expected to undertake these problem sets to gain understanding of the course material.


Recommended Textbook

  • Principles of Biomedical Engineering, SV Madihally, Artech House, 2010. (Available at the Stauffer Library)

Additional Textbooks (Optional)

  • Biomaterials Science: An Introduction to Materials In Medicine, 3rd Edition. Ratner, Hoffman, Schoen, Lemons, 2013. (Available as an ebook through the University Library).
  • Transport Phenomena in Biological Systems, Second Edition. George A. Truskey, Fan Yuan, and David F. Katz, 2004. (Available at the Engineering & Science Library)
  • Principles of anatomy and physiology. Twelfth Edition. Gerard J. Tortora and Bryan H. Derrickson.  2009. (Available at the Bracken Health Science Library)

Other Material

All course lecture slides, tutorials and problem sets will be posted on the CHEE 340 OnQ pages.