2019 Basic Bioengineering

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Mechanical Engineering
Yagi Tohru  Yoshida Takako  Tanaka Hiroto 
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Tue1-2(I121)  Thr1-2(I121)  
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Course description and aims

This course focuses on introduction of biological characteristics from mechanical engineering viewpoints.
Characteristics of biological sensor system and brain are also introduced in the lecture.

Student learning outcomes

Students will have the chance to tackle practical problems by applying knowledge acquired through this course.


Biological systems, Form, Movement, Sensory system, Brain

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Attendance is taken in every class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction of biological systems Homework related to basic biological systems
Class 2 Scaling 1: Branching rule of plant, basal metabolism law (elastic similarity model) Homework related to scaling
Class 3 Scaling 1: Basal metabolism law (Fractal model) Homework related to Fractal
Class 4 Branching theory of blood vessel Homework related to blood vessel
Class 5 Ratio of thickness to diameter of long bone Homework related to bone shape
Class 6 Remodeling of biological tissues Homework related to optimal design
Class 7 Specific factor in movement 1 Homework 1 related to specific factor
Class 8 Specific factor in movement 2 Homework 2 related to specific factor
Class 9 Musculoskeletal system Homework related to musculoskeletal system
Class 10 Visual sensation Homework related to visual sensation
Class 11 Auditory perception Homework related to gustatory sensation
Class 12 Gustatory sensation Homework related to gustatory sensation
Class 13 Haptics, proprioception, and multimodal perception 1 Homework 1 related to human sensor.
Class 14 Haptics, proprioception, and multimodal perception 2 Homework 2 related to human sensor.
Class 15 Brain and nerve Homework related to brain.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials are provided during class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students' course scores are based on mini tests in the lecture and the related homework.

Related courses

  • ZUB.Q203 : Classical Mechanics
  • SCE.C202 : Feedback Control
  • HCB.M461 : Laboratory Training on Human Brain Functions and Their Measurements
  • MEC.L431 : Human Brain Functions and Their Measurements

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites are necessary; however, the related mechanical courses are highly recommended to take.

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