Checking date: 19/12/2023

Course: 2023/2024

Medical Physiology I
Bachelor in Biomedical Engineering (Plan: 419 - Estudio: 257)

Coordinating teacher: SALINAS RODRIGUEZ, BEATRIZ

Department assigned to the subject: Bioengineering Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
It is preferable, although not required, to have completed: - Cell and molecular biology - Biochemistry - Biological systems
The subjects Medical Physiology I and Medical Physiology II are mainly focused in providing a sound background on human Anatomy and Physiology. It will also cover some aspects of Pathology and Pathophysiology, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and medical terminology. Whenever possible, the different topics will be explained trying to address an engineer's perspective and interests rather than providing a conventional medical or biological viewpoint. After this fascinating course, the student will certainly acquire the necessary knowledge to understand the key role of engineering in breakthrough advances in Physiology-based patient monitoring and treatment. The practical sessions will facilitate a better understanding of the bases of Physiology and a closer contact with the real world, using instrumentation and devices available in the University and in the Hospital Universitario de Getafe. Hospital Visits with experts in the different fields are planned in key hospital services deeply dependent on technology and engineering. Students are expected to acquire outstanding skills including - Basic knowledge of human anatomy and anatomical terminology. - In depth knowledge of human Physiology, with particular emphasis on quantitative descriptions of Physiological models, whenever appropriate. - Familiarity with some basic medical procedures. - Understanding of the (past and ongoing) key role of engineering in the advancement of Physiology and medical diagnosis and therapeutics. - Ability to communicate with physicians, understanding their jargon and needs, and to read clinical documents
Skills and learning outcomes
RA1: Acquire knowledge and understanding of the basic general fundamentals of engineering and biomedical sciences. RA4: Be able to use appropriate methods to carry out studies and solve problems in the biomedical field, commensurate with their level of knowledge. Research involves conducting literature searches, designing and carrying out experimental practices, interpreting data, selecting the best approach and communicating knowledge, ideas and solutions within their field of study. May require consultation of databases, safety standards and procedures. CB1: Students have demonstrated possession and understanding of knowledge in an area of study that builds on the foundation of general secondary education, and is usually at a level that, while relying on advanced textbooks, also includes some aspects that involve knowledge from the cutting edge of their field of study. CB2: Students are able to apply their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional manner and possess the competences usually demonstrated through the development and defence of arguments and problem solving within their field of study. CB3: Students have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (usually within their field of study) in order to make judgements which include reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues. CB4: Students should be able to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences. CG1: Adequate knowledge and skills to analyse and synthesise basic problems related to engineering and biomedical sciences, solve them and communicate them efficiently. CG2: Ability to design, draft and develop scientific-technical projects in the field of biomedical engineering. CG3: Knowledge of basic scientific and technical subjects that enables them to learn new methods and technologies, as well as providing them with great versatility to adapt to new situations. CG4: Ability to solve problems with initiative, decision-making, creativity, and to communicate and transmit knowledge, skills and abilities, understanding the ethical, social and professional responsibility of the biomedical engineer's activity. Capacity for leadership, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. CG5: Adequate knowledge of the field of work of the biomedical engineer in companies, health or biomedical research centres. CG7: Drafting, representing and interpreting scientific-technical documentation. CG8: Ability to solve mathematical, physical, chemical and biochemical problems that may arise in biomedical engineering. CG13: Knowledge of the fundamental principles of molecular, cellular, structural and biochemical biology applied to human beings. CG14: Acquire a global vision of the basic functioning of biological systems. Ability to model such systems using mathematical and computational tools. CG18: Ability to apply knowledge of human anatomy and physiology to the resolution of problems in medicine from the point of view of bioengineering. Ability to identify medical problems that can be treated by means of techniques encompassed in Biomedical Engineering. CG21: Ability to analyse complex and multidisciplinary problems from the global point of view of Biomedical Instrumentation. ECRT29: Acquire the knowledge of human anatomy and physiology necessary to be able to interact in interdisciplinary environments, to understand the basis for the use of diagnostic and therapeutic medical technologies, and to be able to approach the solution of problems in biomedicine from the engineering point of view. CT1: Ability to communicate knowledge orally and in writing to both specialised and non-specialised audiences.
Description of contents: programme
The program for the subjects Medical Physiology I and Medical Physiology II include the following modules: Medical Physiology I: - Introduction to the human body - Musculo-skeletal system - Brain and nervous system - Blood and coagulation - Immunity and lymphatic system - Respiratory system
Learning activities and methodology
Each section of the programme will be divided into lectures and practical sessions/seminars/hospital visits. Some practical sessions will take place at the Laboratories at the UC3M; some others will require visits to Hospital Universitario de Getafe (lab coat mandatory in both sites).
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Guyton & Hall. Textbook of medical physiology. Saunders Elsevier. 2011
  • Linda S. Costanzo. Physiology. Cases and problems. Lippincot Williams & Wilkins. 2012
  • Tortora & Derrickson. Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology. WILEY. 2009
  • Walter F. Boron . Medical Physiology. Elsevier 2016. 2016

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.