PHYS 3008 Biomedical Physics

Credit Points 10

Description Students completing this unit will be able to apply the principles and practice of physics to advanced biomedical applications, to critically analyse data regarding, and solve problems involving the physics of living systems, and to work with a range of advanced instrumentation. This unit will provide advanced training in biomedical physics and prepare students for career pathways in medical and biomedical physics. The unit content includes concepts of diffusion and Brownian motion; applications of thermodynamics to biological systems and the origin of life; biomolecular self-assembly; nuclear magnetic resonance and magnetic resonance imaging; atomic force microscopy; molecular dynamics simulations; biophotonics; and nuclear and radiation physics in biomedical sciences.

School Science

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Pre-requisite(s) MATH 1014 AND
PHYS 1002

Restrictions Students must have passed 100cps of subjects.

Assumed Knowledge

Knowledge of Mathematics equivalent to Mathematics 1B is recommended, but not required.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Articulate and communicate how physics can be used to understand and manipulate biological systems, and the role and impact of biomedical physics in society.
  2. Solve complex problems in the physical sciences by applying critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  3. Propose innovative solutions to problems and challenges in biomedical systems by integrating knowledge of physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology and other areas of science.
  4. Conduct investigations in biomedical physics in a collaborative environment.

Subject Content

1.Diffusion and Thermodynamics of Biological Systems
Brownian motion, dissipation and driving forces, measurement techniques, osmotic pressure,biomolecular self-assembly, the origin and physics of life
Hodgkin and Huxley nerve conduction model
3.Medical Imaging (MRI)
Sources of contrast, image formation, diffusion-weighted imaging
Atomic force microscopy, biological rheology
Optics/coherent radiation, photodynamic therapy, fluorescence imaging
6.Nuclear Physics and Ionising Radiation in Biomedicine
PET MRI, MRI linac, radiation


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Numerical Problem Solving 2 hours 30 N Individual
Presentation 15 minutes 20 N Group
Applied Project 1500 words 20 N Individual
Viva Voce 20 minutes 30 N Individual

Teaching Periods