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BIOM 5010 / BMG 5112 - Introduction to Biomedical Engineering

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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.


OCIBME and OCIECE graduate students.


Andy Adler
Office: Canal 6204
Phone: +1-613-520-2600 x 8785
Office Hours:  TBA

Times and Locations

Fall 2020     (Sept. 9 − Dec. 11)

Section  Activity  Day  Time  Location 
BIOM5010    LEC    Mon&Wed    10h05−11h25    Online:   

This course is an online course where there is a mixture of synchronous meetings (lectures, tutorials and labs) and asynchronous activities (pre-recorded lecture modules). Students need to be prepared to meet online via web conferencing tools at scheduled days and times. The specific dates and activities are described in this course outline. The asynchronous activities are intended to provide flexibility to students when the class is not meeting synchronously. Students are expected to remain up to date with the deadlines and due dates provided by the instructor. These courses require reliable high-speed Internet access and a computer.

Web conferencing sessions in this course may be recorded and made available only to those within the class. Sessions may be recorded to enable access to students with internet connectivity problems, who are based in different time zone, and/or who have conflicting commitments. If students wish not to be recorded, they need to leave your camera and microphone turned off. Please note that recordings are protected by copyright. The recordings are for your own educational use, but you are not permitted to publish to third party sites, such as social media sites and course materials sites.


There is no assigned text. Course material will be from class presentations and assigned readings.


Work  Value
Quizzes (Best 7 of 8)    20
Project    40
− Project proposal    − 2
− Three sentence    − 2
− One page summary    − 4
− Research Ethics Application    − 8
− Draft Presentation    − 8
− Presentation    −16
Midterm Exam    20
Final Exam    20

Policies relating to Grades and Marks

  • Late work Policy (without *excellent* excuse): 1) 20% if ≤ 7 days late, 2) 0 mark if > 7 days late.
  • If you have a question about a mark you have received, fill out, sign and submit this form.
  • Plagiarism: Plagiarism is the passing off of someone else's work as your own and is a serious academic offence. For the details of what constitutes plagiarism, the potential penalties and the procedures refer to the section on Instructional Offences in the Undergraduate Calendar.

    A student found to have plagiarized an assignment or an exam may be subject to one of several penalties including: expulsion; suspension from all studies at Carleton; suspension from full-time studies; and/or a reprimand; a refusal of permission to continue or to register in a specific degree program; academic probation; award of an FNS, Fail, or an ABS.

Academic Accomodations

You may need special arrangements to meet your academic obligations during the term. For an accommodation request the processes are as follows:
  • Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities: The Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities (PMC) provides services to students with Learning Disabilities (LD), psychiatric/mental health disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), chronic medical conditions, and impairments in mobility, hearing, and vision. If you have a disability requiring academic accommodations in this course, please contact PMC at 613-520-6608 or for a formal evaluation. If you are already registered with the PMC, contact your PMC coordinator to send your Letter of Accommodation at the beginning of the term, and no later than two weeks before the first in-class scheduled test or exam requiring accommodation. Please consult the PMC website for the deadline to request accommodations for the formally-scheduled exam (if applicable).
  • For Religious Obligations: Students requesting academic accommodations on the basis of religious obligation should make a formal, written request to their instructors for alternate dates and/or means of satisfying academic requirements. Such requests should be made during the first two weeks of class, or as soon as possible after the need for accommodation is known to exist, but no later than two weeks before the compulsory event. Accommodation is to be worked out directly and on an individual basis between the student and the instructor(s) involved. Instructors will make accommodations in a way that avoids academic disadvantage to the student. Students or instructors who have questions or want to confirm accommodation eligibility of a religious event or practice may refer to the Equity Services website for a list of holy days and Carleton's Academic Accommodation policies, or may contact an Equity Services Advisor in the Equity Services Department for assistance. For more details visit the
  • For Pregnancy: Pregnant students requiring academic accommodations are encouraged to contact an Equity Advisor in Equity Services to complete a letter of accommodation. The student must then make an appointment to discuss her needs with the instructor at least two weeks prior to the first academic event in which it is anticipated the accommodation will be required. For more details visit the Equity Services website.

Quizzes & Exams

  • Quizzes will be on Wednesday class for 30 minutes. First half of class will be a review.
  • Midterm and Final exam will be 80 minutes.
  • All quizzes and exams will be during class time.
  • Exams will have written an oral components.
  • For the oral components of an exam, students will schedule a video call for 10 minutes with the instructor.


By it's nature, an introductory course such as this one, can only cover a small fraction of biomedical engineering. In the project, you are asked to present an investigation into another aspect. By sharing these we hope to cover a broader view of the subject. You are encouraged to discuss with your supervisor or with me. Projects must:
−investigate an engineering contribution to a biomedical problem
−centre on a recent (≤10 years old) paper or set of papers. Papers must conduct experimental research.
−report on 1) the medical aspect, 2) the current state, and 3) the novel contribution
Activity Description   Due Date
Project Proposal Proposal is 1-2 pages (double spaced). Include 1) Medical Problem, 2) Engineering Solution, 3) Description of tests and subjects, and 4) References (specify which is the main paper). Sep. 21

Three sentences For the paper you have selected, in three sentences, clarify: 1) the medical problem, 2) the research objective, 3) the results and significance. Aim for clarity and try to avoid being too technical. Oct. 5

One page summary A critical summary. Include background, objective, methods, contribution, novelty, criticisms (if any). One page (12pt single spaced). Oct. 19

Research ethics application. Complete a Carleton or U.Ottawa or New REB form (draft) (Complete and print to pdf) research ethics application for the research you are considering, or a follow-on project (could be your thesis research).
Note: For the consent portion, you can simply add a line saying "I have read this form and I consent to be part of this study". Next add signature lines for the participant and researcher.
Nov. 2

Midterm report (Draft Presentation) Report is a draft of your presentation: draft slides, with a text explanation of what you plan to describe for each slide. Include a workplan of what extra material is required for the final presentation. Nov. 18

Presentation Presentations will be (≈10 minutes) in English. Marks are based on technical content (45%), clarity of presentation (45%), and ability to answer questions (10%). Dec. 14−16

Course Outline

Date   Activity   Quiz
Sep 9   Introduction to Biomedical Engineering.
Science and Scientific literature.

Sep 14   Medical Technology and Devices  

Sep 16, Sep 21
Sep 23, Sep 28
  Research Methods and Statistics:   Sep 16, Sep 23

Sep 30, Oct 5,
Oct 7, Oct 14
  Research Ethics   Sep 30, Oct 14

Oct 12   Thanksgiving - No Classes

Oct 19   Review, Presentation of 3-sentences  

Oct 21   Midterm Exam

Oct 26, Oct 28   Fall Break - No Classes

Nov  2, Nov  4
Nov  9, Nov 11
  Oxygen transport (heart and lungs)   Nov  4, Nov 11

Nov 16   Biomedical Engineering Practice  

Nov 18, Nov 23
Nov 25
  Cells and Electrophysiology   Nov 25

Nov 30, Dec 2   Biomechanics   Dec 2

Dec 7   Review  

Dec 9   Final Exam:

Dec. 14−16   Project Presentations

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