BME 150 Biotransport Phenomena (2017-2018)

BME 150 Biotransport Phenomena

(Required for BME and BMEP.)
Catalog Data:

BME 150 Biotransport Phenomena (Credit Units: 4) Fundamentals of heat and mass transfer, similarities in the respective rate equations. Emphasis on practical application of fundamental principles. Prerequisite: BME 60B and Math 3A and Math 3D. Biomedical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering: Premedical majors have first consideration for enrollment. Only one course from BME 150, CBEMS 125C may be taken for credit. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0470501979.

Recommended Textbook:
  • Vocabulary list (posted on website)
  • Appendix A from Transport Phenomena, Bird, Steward and Lightfoot, 1960 (1st ed.)
Anna Grosberg
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:
Prerequisites by Topic

Differential equations, basic programming skills (preferably in MATLAB) will be taught, but prior coursework will be very helpful

Lecture Topics:
  • MATLAB programming principles
  • Conservation principles
  • Heat transfer processes (diffusion and convection).
  • One-dimensional, steady state diffusion.
  • Two-dimensional, steady-state diffusion.
  • Transient diffusion.
  • Numerical methods to calculate diffusion fields
  • External flow.
  • Internal flow.
  • Diffusion mass transfer.
  • Physical properties of the body fluids and the cell membrane.
  • Diffusion with convection.
  • Conservation relations.
  • Physical and flow properties of blood
  • Fluid flow in circulation and tissues
  • Oxygen transport
  • Transport in the kidneys
  • Drug transport/pharmacokinetics
Class Schedule:

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

Computer Usage:

Microsoft Excel and MATLAB for calculating solutions to assigned homework problems and challenge-based project, word processing to generate reports, student-specified software for optional presentations

Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

Contributes toward the Biomedical Engineering Topics.

Design Content Description

Quantitative modeling of student-specified biotransport problem (100%).

Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion: 0%
Grading Criteria:
  • Midterm I: 25%
  • Midterm II: 25%
  • Final Exam: 49%
  • Course survey: 1%
  • 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: 3.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 1.0 credit units

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