Maricopa Community Colleges  ECE111   20066-99999 
Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 02/28/06
ECE111 20066-99999 LEC
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Bioengineering Systems
Introduction to biological concepts and application of engineering to biological and earth systems. Analysis of materials, structures, fluid mechanics, bioelectricity, and dynamics as applied to biological and environmental systems. Prerequisites: None.
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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:
ECE111   20066-99999 Bioengineering Systems
1. Describe processes of chemical synthesis. (I)
2. Apply principles of materials engineering to the analysis of biological materials. (II)
3. Apply principles of mechanical engineering to analyze and solve problems pertaining to the human skeletal and muscular systems, as well as plant, animal, and cellular structures. (III)
4. Apply principles of fluid mechanics to analyze fluid transport in the human body and to describe motion of living organisms in fluids. (IV, V)
5. Apply principles of electrical engineering to analyze and solve problems related to the nervous system and the heart. (VI)
6. Use principles of systems engineering to define aspects of the nervous system, the endocrine system, human behavior, population dynamics, and ecosystems. (VII, VIII, IX)
7. Describe issues related to the process of human development. (X)
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ECE111   20066-99999 Bioengineering Systems
    I. Chemical Synthesis
        A. Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and ribonucleic acid (RNA)
        B. Proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids
        C. Adenosine triphosphate (ATP)
          1. Glycolysis
          2. Kreb's Cycle
        D. Digestion
        E. Photosynthesis
      II. Biological Materials
          A. Composition
          B. Structural properties and uses
        III. Structures
            A. Membranes
            B. "Beams" (skeletal)
              1. Bones
              2. Cartilage
              3. Shells
              4. Exoskeletons
              5. Tubules
              6. Nanotubules
            C. "Motors and levers" (muscles)
            D. Hydrostatic systems
            E. Cellular structures 1 Cytoskeleton
              2. Adhesions
              3. Extracellular matrix
            F. Architecture of multicellular structures
              1. Plants
              2. Animals
          IV. Transport
              A. Types
                1. Diffusion
                2. Osmosis
                3. Active transport
                4. Bulk convection
              B. Transport in plants
              C. Cellular level motility
            V. Fluid Mechanics
                A. Circulatory system
                B. Respiration
                C. Filtration systems
                D. Life in moving fluids
                  1. Suspension feeding
                  2. Bacteria and protozoa
                  3. Cellular fluids
              VI. Bioelectricity
                  A. Nerves
                  B. Heart
                VII. Systems Engineering: Complexity and Adaptation
                    A. Taxonomy and evolution
                    B. Genes
                      1. Mutations
                      2. Genetic regulatory networks
                    C. Biological mandates
                      1. Homeostasis
                      2. Reproduction
                      3. Development
                    D. Communication systems
                      1. Nerves
                      2. Hormones
                    E. Immune system
                    F. Consciousness
                      1. Reflective consciousness
                      2. Behavior
                  VIII. Earth Systems Engineering
                      A. Population
                        1. Population dynamics
                        2. Population and community
                        3. Community stability
                      B. Ecosystems and biosphere
                      C. Energy flow
                      D. Biochemical cycles
                      E. Biomes
                    IX. The Dynamic, Nonlinear Nature of Nature
                        A. Emergence and self-sustaining systems
                        B. Equilibrium systems vs. far-from-equilibrium systems
                        C. Interacting temporal and spatial system dimensions (fractacality)
                      X. Human Development Issues
                          A. Human Development 1 Birth
                            2. Development
                            3. Growth
                            4. Aging
                            5. Pathology
                            6. Death
                          B. Apoptosis: planned death vs. extinction: unplanned death
                          C. Planned birth: Homo sapiens' sustainability challenge
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