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Introduction to Bioengineering

Module ME25666

This Module is offered by Institute of Biological Imaging.

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Basic Information

ME25666 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Catalogue of non-physics elective courses
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
180 h 60 h 6 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


• Introduction to the basic structure and function of cells and tissues.
• How to measure from biological systems (Instrumentation / Sensors / Imaging)
• What information can be collected from biological systems (-omics, dynamics).
• How to analyze information measured from biological systems.
• How to model biological systems (In silico approaches: Computational design)
• How to create and alter cell function (Cell Engineering / Synthetic Biology)
• How to create tissues and solitary organs (Tissue Engineering / 3D printing)
• Microfluidics and Organoids / Biochips as the biology workbench of the future

Learning Outcome

After successful completion of the module students are able to understand i) the basic principles of molecular biology and physiology relevant to bioengineering (BE) and biomedical engineering (BME). ii) They know what information can be extracted from biological systems with sensor, imaging and -omics methods and iii) how this information can be processed using in silico approaches. iv) This knowledge allows them to understand of how Bio(medical) engineering questions are addressed today on the level of genes, cells and whole artificial organs.

Further, completion of the module will allow the students to assess the knowledge gained in their respective engineering discipline in respect to BE and BME. E.g. “how approaches they learned to conceptualize logic-gated circuits are similar in reengineering signaling networks in a cell”. This understanding of how concepts in the respective engineering disciplines are similar to concepts in BE and BME and where they differ eventually enables the student to apply their engineering knowledge to address problems in biological and biomedical discovery and clinical need. Further, this understanding of the relationships between the disciplines course also serve as a guide on how to develop a concise career path as an engineer within Life Sciences and also points to the enormous invention and innovation potential of this exciting scientific junction, than can lead to significant scientific or entrepreneurship success.


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Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 2 Introduction to Bioengineering Ntziachristos, V. Stiel, A. Wed, 16:30–18:00
UE 2 Exercises for Introduction to Bioengineering Ntziachristos, V. Stiel, A. Thu, 15:00–16:30
and singular or moved dates

Learning and Teaching Methods

The module consists of 13 90 min lectures that will deliver the basic concepts of different aspects of Bio (medical) engineering and 13 90 min exercise sessions where basic principles and tools of bioengineering and biomedical engineering are explored in more detail. Within the exercise sessions, tours of bioengineering laboratories and explanations of critical current research topics are also given. Also included are seminars on entrepreneurship and scientific success case studies in this field. The lecture presents the basic principles of different BE / BME directions and each lecture is conceptualized with ample (15 min) time for questions and discussions within the plenum.


• Presentations
• recent publications


• Joseph D Bronzino: Biomedical Engineering Fundamentals
• Myer Kurtz: Standard Handbook of Biomedical Engineering and Design
• James Moore, George Zouridakis: Biomedical Technology and Devices Handbook
• Stefanos Zenios; Josh Makower; Paul Yock; Todd J. Brinton; Uday N. Kumar; Lyn Denend; Thomas M. Krummel: Biodesign
• Joseph D. Bronzio: Medical Devices and Systems

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

The exam consists of a 90 minutes exam ( to be taken without auxiliary tools). The exam will recapitulate the contents of the lecture (e.g. “what data is derived from proteomics studies…”) and further requires the students to make a translation of the acquired knowledge to their own filed of study (e.g. “cellular signaling network in many ways do resemble … found in electrical engineering”). The answers need to be given in own words as well as by ticking given multiple choice questions (the latter being max. 20% of the exam).

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

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