Singapore University of Social Sciences

Cardiovascular Bioengineering

Cardiovascular Bioengineering (BME352)


BME352 provides engineering students with basic understanding of cardiology concepts with applications in cardiac diagnostic imaging, cardiac device treatment and cardiac rehabilitation. It will also allow students to obtain advanced engineering knowledge, including theoretical modeling and mathematical simulation techniques, in diverse cardiac conditions. The course is suitable for students who want to pursue a career in cardiovascular research, biomedical engineering or related professions.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JAN
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.


  • Anatomy and physiology of heart
  • Cardiac pumping function and assessment
  • Cardiac mechanics
  • Arterial haemodynamics
  • Basic electrophysiology and introduction to pacemaker and defibrillator
  • Cardiac fitness and rehabilitation

Learning Outcome

  • Illustrate the macroscopic and microscopic structure of heart, the cardiac cycle, cardiac electrical activity, ECG vector calculation, excitation-contraction coupling and cardiac imaging modalities
  • Examine cardiac function as assessed by pressure-volume loops, cardiac function curves and appreciate the nature of fluid dynamics (Bernoulli relationship, Newton rule, resistance)
  • Appraise the field of cardiac mechanics including current research problems and clinical applications
  • Determine the activation, active force generation, ventricular-vascular coupling, aortic pressure determination, active elastance derivation and models of cardiac muscle behavior
  • Propose different cardiac monitoring devices (echocardiography, CT, MRI and SPECT) to assess ventricular function and dysfunction
  • Recommend and deliver cardiac rehabilitation
  • Assess cardiovascular imaging modalities such as echocardiography, CT, MRI and nuclear cardiac imaging
  • Demonstrate the required skills in cardiovascular bioengineering, imaging modalities and cardiac monitoring devices
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