In this program, courses must be selected with the approval of the student's supervisor. Elective graduate courses can be chosen from either university. All courses are 0.5 credit (one term's duration) with the exception of BIOM 5800 (BMG 6996), which is 0.0 credits, and BIOM 5909 (BMG 7999), which is 2.5 credits. Only a selection of courses listed is given in a particular academic year.

BIOM/BMG course offerings for the 2017−18 academic year.

(for information only. See Carleton and U.Ottawa for official schedule information)
Course Code TitleDaysTimesLocation
Fall 2017
BIOM5010BMG5112Introduction to Biomedical Engineering Mon11:30−14:30 CU
BIOM5101BMG5104Biological Signals Tue11:30−14:30 CU
BIOM5106BMG5109Advanced Topics in Medical Instrumentation − Robotic Surgery Wed14:30−17:30 UO
BIOM5312BMG5312Design of Orthopaedic Implants and Prostheses Tue/Thu13:00−14:30 CU
BIOM5403BMG5111Advanced Topics in Medical Informatics and Telemedicine − M-health, E-health and telemedicine Thu19:00-22:00 UO
BIOM5800BMG6996Biomedical Engineering Seminar Thu8:30−10:30 CU
PHYS5203 Medical Radiation Physics* Mon/Wed8:30−10:00 CU
Winter 2018
BIOM5100BMG5103Biomedical Instrumentation Mon/Wed10:00−11:30 CU
BIOM5200BMG5105Medical Image Processing Wed14:30−15:30 CU
BIOM5202BMG5107Applications in Biomedical Image Processing Mon/Wed18:00−19:30 CU
BIOM5300BMG5300Biological and Engineering Materials Tue14:30−17:30 UO
BIOM5301BMG5301Biomechanics of Skeletal System, Motion and Tissue Tue14:30−17:30 CU
BIOM5402BMG5304Interactive Networked Systems and Telemedicine Tue/Thu14:30−16:00 CU
BIOM5405BMG5305Pattern Classification and Experiment Design Mon/Wed13:00−14:30 CU
BIOM5809BMG6996Biomedical Engineering Seminar Tue11:30−13:30 CU
*Permission of instructor/department required

Please consult Carleton Central or the University of Ottawa Course Timetable for updated course offerings and class schedules, including courses that are not BIOM/BMG. BIOM/BMG course details are provided below.


Compulsory Courses

BIOM 5010 (BMG 5112)
Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
Research ethics and methods. Engineering systems approach to analysis and modelling of human anatomy and physiology. Introduction to topics including biomechanics, electrophysiology, and computational biology. Biomedical technologies. Impact of technology on society.

BIOM 5800 (BMG 6996)
Biomedical Engineering Seminar
This course is in the form of seminars presented by graduate students and other researchers in the area of Biomedical Engineering. To complete this course, a student must attend at least 10 seminars and make one presentation in the context of this seminar series.

BIOM 5909 (BMG 7999)
M.A.Sc. Thesis

Medical Instrumentation

Medical Instrumentation relates to physiological measurements for diagnostic, therapeutic, and monitoring applications. Medical instrumentation includes application areas such as cardiology, lung function, cerebral and muscular signals, surgery and anesthesiology, ultrasound, and specialized devices for infants and neonates. The area also includes the design of the medical devices for these applications, as well as the associated signal processing methods (e.g., noise/artifact mitigation).

Medical Instrumentation Courses

BIOM 5100 (BMG 5103)
Biomedical Instrumentation
The course covers instrumentation designed to measure physiological variables related to the function of the heart, lungs, kidney, nervous and musculo-skeletal system; imaging technologies; emergency, critical care, surgery and anaesthesia equipment. The concept of technology assessment is discussed. Also listed as SYSC 5302 (ELG 6320).

BIOM 5101 (BMG 5104)
Biological Signals
Modeling of neuromuscular biological signals, including subthreshold phenomena, active behaviour of cell membranes, and innervation processes. Measurement of biological signals, including electrode effects. Time domain, frequency domain, and adaptive filtering techniques for noise reduction.

BIOM 5106 (BMG 5109)
Advanced Topics in Medical Instrumentation
Recent and advanced topics in the field of medical instrumentation and its related areas.

Biomedical Image Processing

Biomedical Image Processing involves the acquisition and analysis of images in medicine and biotechnology, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), ultrasound, nuclear medicine, infrared sensor technology, and optical microscopy. These modalities generate a wealth of information that must be distilled, presented, and communicated in an efficient and timely manner. Statistical counting noise and systematic biases are always present and hinder the extraction of information from the signals. Challenges exist in image display and filtering, feature detection, pattern recognition, and in the interchange, manipulation, compression, short-term storage, and archiving of the images. Recent technical advances in this field include interchange standards such as DICOM, lossy and lossless compression standards, teleradiology, and Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS). Another useful tool for the radiologist is Computer Aided Diagnosis (CAD) in which computer analysis provides the equivalent of a “second reader” of the image, pointing out regions of interest.

Biomedical Image Processing Courses

BIOM 5200 (BMG 5105)
Biomedical Image Processing
Mathematical models of image formation based on the image modality and tissue properties. Linear models of image degradation and reconstruction. Inverse problems and regularization for image reconstruction. Image formation in Radiology, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound, Positron Emission Tomography, Electrical Impedance Tomography.

BIOM 5201 (BMG 5106)
Introduction to Medical Imaging Principles and Technology
Basic principles and technological implementation of x-ray, nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and other imaging modalities used in medicine. Contrast, resolution, storage requirements for digital images. Applications outside medicine, future trends. Prerequisite: Permission of the Physics department.

BIOM 5202 (BMG 5107)
Applications in Biomedical Image Processing
Image processing methods applied to biomedical images. Overview of medical imaging modalities. Image enhancement, segmentation, registration and fusion. Image quality metrics. Image formats. Application examples. Prerequisite(s): SYSC 5602 and BIOM 5200, or permission of the instructor.

BIOM 5203 (BMG 5108)
Advanced Topics in Biomedical Image Processing
Recent and advanced topics in the field of biomedical image processing and its related areas.

Biomechanics and Biomaterials

Biomechanics and Biomaterials involves the kinematics and kinetics relevant to human anatomy, such as human motion, including linear, angular, and nonlinear analyses, and fluid mechanics relating to human physiology (e.g. blood flow, air flow), including flow, resistance, and turbulence. Stresses and strains in biological tissues, determined experimentally or with computer simulations, help to understand relationships between structure, function, remodeling, and degradation of the tissues. Such analyses are important in diagnostics (e.g., gait analysis, fracture prediction) and for device evaluation (e.g. heart valve design or repair, implant performance prediction). Topics also include the design of prosthetic/orthotic devices and implants or the design of intelligent and robotic biomedical assistive and rehabilitation devices. Research is conducted in areas concerning mechanics, biocompatibility and bioactivity of material, human and tissue interaction with engineered devices, biorobotics, and control theory as applied to biomedical and assistive devices.

Biomechanics and Biomaterials Courses

BIOM 5300 (BMG 5300)
Biological and Engineering Materials
Properties of structural biological materials (bone, tendon, ligament, skin, cartilage, muscle, and blood vessels) from an engineering materials viewpoint. Selection of engineering materials as biomaterials. Introduction to biocompatibility. Histology of soft tissues. Viscoelasticity, mechanical properties and models of muscles, ligaments and tendons. Co-requisite: BIOM 5100/BMG 5100.

BIOM 5301 (BMG 5301)
Biomechanics of Skeletal System, Motion and Tissue
Analysis of human motion. Kinematics and kinetics of various activities. Engineering analysis and modeling techniques applied to human motion. Injury mechanics, treatment, prosthetic replacements. Fracture behaviour and healing processes.

BIOM 5302 (BMG 5302)
Biofluid Mechanics
Properties of blood. Blood flow models for vessels, circulation systems and the heart. Man-made blood vessels. Kidney flow and exchange. Modeling of perfused tissues and cells. Transport phenomena across membranes. Molecular and ionic transport. Other body fluids.

BIOM 5303 (BMG 5303)
Ergonomics and Design
Review of ergonomic issues encountered in engineering design, including biomechanical, physical and physiological issues. Strategies for human interaction with complex systems, such as aircraft cockpits, equipment control consoles, human-robotic interactions, and tele-operated equipment.

BIOM 5304 (BMG 5340)
Advanced Topics in Biomechanics and Biomaterials
Recent and advanced topics in the field of biomechanics and biomaterials and its related areas.

BIOM 5306 (BMG 5306)
Special Topics in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering: Biomechanics
Overview of human anatomy and physiology with emphasis on artificial organ and prosthetic device design requirement. Application of engineering principles to cells and tissues, biofluid mechanics, human body energetics, measurement techniques, mechanics of human body systems, with emphasis on the artificial heart. Also listed as MECH 5801 (MCG 5489I). Offered at the undergraduate level, with different requirements, as MAAE 4906, for which additional credit is precluded.

BIOM 5311 (BMG 5311)
Design of Medical Devices and Implants
Solutions to clinical problems through the use of implants and medical devices. Pathology of organ failure and bioengineering and clinical aspects of artificial organs. Examples: blood substitutes, oxygenators, cardiac support, vascular substitutes, pacemakers, ventricular assist devices, artificial hearts and heart valves.

BIOM 5312 (BMG 5312)
Design of Orthopaedic Implants and Prostheses
Anatomy of the musculo-skeletal system. Electromyography. Static and dynamic analysis of the human skeleton. Materials and manufacturing considerations for orthopaedic devices. Strength and failure theories. Implant fatigue, fracture and corrosion.

BIOM 5314 (BMG 5314)
Application of traditional control system principles to the human body. Functionality of sample actuators and sensors. Characterization of human body control loops with emphasis on system stability, robustness, and effect of adverse external disturbance.

BIOM 5315 (BMG 5315)
Interpretation of physical laws as applied to human motion, kinematics and dynamics of humanoid robots, modeling of biological sensors and actuators, artificial muscles, tele-manipulation, robot assisted surgery, and multi-fingered end-effectors. Design of mechatronic devices including rehabilitators, extenders, haptic devices, and minimally invasive surgery systems.

BIOM 5316 (BMG 5316)
Biotransport Processes
Application of chemical engineering principles to medicine and biology. Principles of mass transfer and fluid dynamics in topics such as hemodialysis, artificial kidney, diffusion in blood, mass transfer in the eye, drug distribution in the body, and advanced life support systems.

BIOM 5323 (BMG 5323)
Rehabilitation Engineering
Multidisciplinary approach to assistive-device design. Biomechanics applied to rehabilitation. Gait, neurological disorders, pathological gait, prosthetics, orthotics, seating, and mobility. Transducers, bio-instrumentation, EMG, FES. Augmentive communication and sensory aids. Human-assistive device interfaces, human-robot interfaces, computer-vision-guided rehabilitation aids, telerehabilitation.

BIOM 5330 (BMG 5330)
Electromagnetic Fields and Biological Systems
Review of Electromagnetic waves at radio and microwave frequencies. Electrical and magnetic properties of tissue. Impact of electromagnetic waves on tissue. Cellular effects.

Medical Informatics and Telemedicine

Medical Informatics and Telemedicine includes issues associated with computing technologies in the health care system, medical databases, bioinformatics, and telemedicine. Topics include how healthcare systems are organized and operate, fundamental biophysical measurements and sensors, and medical management technologies. Topics also include the collection, storage, and retrieval of medical data, including database design and maintenance, data mining, and automated clinical decision support systems. Bioinformatics and computational biology deal with the analysis of data arising from biology and biochemistry including genomic, proteomic, and cellular data. Telemedicine includes remote delivery of health care and teleoperation, which encompass many areas of engineering including wireless access, remote patient monitoring, distributed databases, mobile computing systems, and cloud storage/computing.

Medical Informatics and Telemedicine Courses

BIOM 5400 (BMG 5317)
Medical Computing
An introduction to information technology research used in the medically related fields such as biotechnology, cancer treatment, and biometric. Topics may include: medical imaging, telemedicine, telesurgery, DNA analysis, and medical information systems.

BIOM 5401 (BMG 5318)
Health Care Engineering
Health care system, technology management in health care in developed and developing countries; sensor technologies, safety considerations (EMI, etc); telemedicine applications; examples of research in biomedical engineering, bioethics, reliability, risk management and liability issues. Also listed as SYSC 5300 (ELG 6130).

BIOM 5402 (BMG 5304)
Interactive Networked Systems and Telemedicine
Telemanipulator; human motoring and sensory capabilities; typical interface devices; mathematical model of haptic interfaces; haptic rendering; stability and transparency; remote control schemes; time delay compensation; networking and real-time protocols, history and challenges of telemedicine; telemedicine applications: telesurgery, tele-monitoring, tele-diagnosis and tele-homecare.

BIOM 5403 (BMG 5403)
Advanced Topics in Medical Informatics and Telemedicine
Recent and advanced topics in medical informatics and telemedicine and its related areas.

BIOM 5405 (BMG 5305)
Pattern Classification and Experiment Design
Introduction to a variety of supervised and unsupervised pattern classification techniques with emphasis on correct application. Statistically rigorous experimental design and reporting of performance results. Case studies will be drawn from various fields including biomedical informatics.

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