BME 220 Quantitative Physiology: Sensory Motor Systems (2013-2014)

BME 220 Quantitative Physiology: Sensory Motor Systems

(Not required for any major.)
Catalog Data:

BME 220 Quantitative Physiology: Sensory Motor Systems (Credit Units: 4) A quantitative and systems approach to understanding physiological systems. Systems covered include the nervous and musculoskeletal systems. Graduate only. Concurrent with BME 120. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-3540296034.

Recommended Textbook:

Supplemental readings will also be placed at the Engineering Copy Center.

Web page:

Course Web Page from 2007:

Course Web Page from 2006: (contains solutions to previous problem sets, PBL’s, and exams)

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

1. Develop an understanding of the fundamental components of the nervous and musculoskeletal systems

2. Learn to solve integrative problems focused on sensation and the regulation of movement in humans

3. Use mathematical techniques to characterize and understand biological system performance

4. Work together in multi-disciplinary teams to solve open-ended problems in nervous and musculoskeletal systems

Prerequisites by Topic

Elementary Differential Equations (Mathematics 3D)

Lecture Topics:
  • Muscle (mechanics and modeling)
  • Bone (material properties and skeletal forces)
  • Neurons (as cables and computers)
  • Sensory Systems (emphasis on auditory system)
  • Biomechanical modeling of movement control and surgery
  • Functional electrical stimulation systems
  • Orthopaedic implants
  • 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:

Required for PBL reports and simulations of neural circuits

Laboratory Projects:

One computer laboratory on the modeling of neural circuits.

Professional Component


Design Content Description


Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework (4 sets): 10%
  • PBL reports (3) 30%
  • Midterm: 30%
  • Final: 30%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

January 14, 2013
Senate Approved:
November 16, 2007
Approved Effective:
2008 Fall Qtr