BME 120 Sensory Motor Systems (2017-2018)

BME 120 Sensory Motor Systems

(Required for BME and BMEP. Selected Elective for MSE.)
Catalog Data:

BME 120 Sensory Motor Systems (Credit Units: 4) A quantitative and systems approach to understanding physiological systems. Systems covered include the nervous and musculoskeletal systems. Prerequisite: BME 60B or EECS 10 or EECS 12 or ENGRCEE 20 or ENGRMAE 10 and PHYSICS 7D and MATH 3D. Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering: Premedical, and Materials Science Engineering Majors have first consideration for enrollment. Concurrent with BME 220. (Design units: 2)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0123821638.

Recommended Textbook:

Physics of the Human Body (Biological and Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering) (1st Edition) ISBN: 978-3540296034

David J. Reinkensmeyer
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:
Prerequisites by Topic

Freshman-level differential equations

Lecture Topics:
  • Muscle
  • Neurons (as cables and computers)
  • Motor systems (emphasis on arm movement control)
  • Sensory systems (emphasis on auditory system)
  • Basic dynamics/mechanical circuits (spring, mass dashpot)
  • First and second order linear differential equations
  • Electrical circuits
  • Nonlinear equations and simulation
  • Ion transport
  • Signal processing – frequency analysis and filters
  • Control theory – feedforward, feedback, impedance control, Black’s formula
  • Biomechanical modeling of movement control and surgery
  • Functional electrical stimulation systems
  • Rehabilitation robotics
  • Biomimetic devices (e.g. robotic insects)
  • Neuroprostheses (e.g. cochlear implants)
  • Brain computer interfaces
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Students will use Microsoft Word and Excel to prepare Problem-Based Learning (PBL) reports and CAD tools to simulate neural circuits.

Laboratory Projects:

One Computer laboratory on the modeling of neural circuits.

Professional Component

Contributes toward Biomedical Engineering Topics and Major Design experience.

Design Content Description

Student will use PBL skills to analyze and design systems to simulate neural and musculoskeletal systems. (50%) Specific discussions on neural and musculoskeletal system analyses and designs. (40%)

Lectures: 90%
Laboratory Portion: 10%
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 8%
  • PBL reports: 36%
  • Midterm exam: 24%
  • Final exam: 32%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 2.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 2.0 credit units

December 21, 2016
Senate Approved:
November 14, 2016
Approved Effective:
2017 Fall Qtr