BME 221 Quantitative Physiology: Organ Transport Systems (2013-2014)

BME 221 Quantitative Physiology: Organ Transport Systems

(Not required for any major.)
Catalog Data:

BME 221 Quantitative Physiology: Organ Transport Systems (Credit Units: 4) A quantitative and systems approach to understanding physiological systems. Systems covered include the cardiopulmonary, circulatory, and renal systems. Graduate only. Concurrent with BME 121. (Design units: 0)

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

. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0073293684.

Recommended Textbook:


Steven C. George
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Describe the relevant anatomical features of the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems.

2. Describe quantitatively the physiological function of the cardiopulmonary, circulatory, and renal systems

Prerequisites by Topic

Elementary differential equations

Lecture Topics:
  • Cardiac anatomy
  • Mechanical analysis of heart chambers, pressure-flow relations
  • Electrophysiological analysis of conduction in heart
  • Circulatory anatomy
  • Pressure-flow relationships in arterial and venous trees
  • Blood and blood substitutes
  • Anatomy of the lungs
  • Gas exchange properties of the lungs, quantitative description
  • Mechanical properties of the lungs
  • Respiratory Control
Class Schedule:

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

Computer Usage:


Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component


Design Content Description


Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 10%
  • Problem-based written reports: 15%
  • Midterm: 25%
  • Final: 50%
  • 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

May 13, 2013
Senate Approved:
December 5, 2012
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr