Anatomy, Physiology and Kinesiology

Pioneering advancements in biomedical engineering begin with a strong understanding of how the human body works. Anatomy, Physiology and Kinesiology guides students through the structure and function of the human body’s systems and biomechanics. It is normal to take for granted human locomotion, balance, coordination and motor learning. However, whether due to disease or accident, these fundamental dimensions of human physical independence can be compromised. The field of physical medicine and rehabilitation focuses upon how to regain or provide substitutes for physical mobility and function. Developments in technology have accelerated both rehabilitation and prosthetic substitution that give people an opportunity to run, lift and play again.

This hands-on course focuses on the musculoskeletal, nervous and cardiopulmonary systems and investigates the fascinating connection among these systems. Students have the opportunity to undertake advanced dissection labs, including a sheep brain, the mammalian nervous system and pig dissection, focusing on body systems identification and improving dissection technique. Students use stereo dissection microscopes during dissections and create specimen slides using a hand-held Microtome. They also tackle engineering challenges that align with current advances in medical design and technology such as Bioness and exoskeleton technologies.

Fundamental questions students investigate during this course include:

  • How do the human nervous, musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary systems work together for maximal physical performance?

  • What is the mechanism that enables us to walk and run, and when disrupted how does technology and relearning help people regain their function?

  • What are some recent scientific discoveries that allow us to improve human physical performance? How are they used?

  • In what ways is the interdisciplinary teamwork among engineers, neuroscientists, chemists and clinical professionals leading to advancements in medical technology?

Students have the chance to test their diagnostic and therapeutic skills while performing simulation labs and examining clinical scenarios. This course also involves visits from guest specialists and a site visit to an area physical rehabilitation research facility where they will observe some of the latest technologies in action.

This is an excellent course for students interested in physiology/anatomy of the human body, medicine, rehabilitation sciences and biomechanics and bionics.