Cardiovascular Physiology

Spring Quarter, 2013

Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30 pm – 4:50 pm, PFBH 161
April 2nd – June 6th, 2013

Course Objectives

The physiology of the cardiovascular system will be covered with an emphasis on cardiac development and stem cells and the application of quantitative measurement methods and systems engineering analyses of physiological dynamics and control.


Dr. Andrew McCulloch, Professor of Bioengineering
email: <amcculloch AT ucsd DOT edu>
Powell-Focht Bioengineering Hall, room 231
Office Hours: Monday 4:00-6:00 pm or by appointment
Dr. Mark Mercola, Professor of Bioengineering
email: <mmercola AT ucsd DOT edu>
Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, 10901 North Torrey Pines Road
Office Hours: By appointment

Graduate Student Instructors

NA, Bioengineering graduate student, email: <TBN AT ucsd DOT edu>





Graduate Student Instructor







  • Levy MN and Pappano AJ (2007) Cardiovascular Physiology, 9th Edition, Mosby (Philadelphia)

Schedule of Lectures


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Computer and network access may be needed for assignments in this course. All UCSD engineering students are eligible for computer accounts through Academic Computing Services. You can see what kind of account you have on-line using the Account Lookup Tool at It will also show you what class allocations you have for OCE compatible classes in your major. If you do not already have an account with UCSD, you can register for one from the web site. If you do not have one for Engineering, but you are an Engineering major, you can upgrade your current account to an OCE account.

Computing labs are available throughout the campus including room 161 in Powell-Focht Bioengineering Hall. For assistance with UCSD instructional computing facilities, do not come to the instructor or TAs as they are not managed by departmental personnel. You can email questions to . Student “Zebra” consultants are available to help in ACS labs on weekdays and evenings.





Term paper


Integrity of Scholarship

The Department of Bioengineering adheres to the UCSD Policy on Integrity of Scholarship. This Policy states that “Students are expected to complete the course in compliance with the instructor’s standards. No student shall engage in any activity that involves attempting to receive a grade by means other than honest effort …” Pertinent university policies are described in abbreviated form at The full descriptions of these polices, as well as others regarding exams, grading policies, etc, are given in full in the General Catalogue at: or as well as in the quarterly Schedule of Classes.

Students are not discouraged from discussing homework assignments among themselves or engaging in group study. However, individual homework assignments must be the sole work of the submitting student. Specific guidance will be given in the case of group projects. When submitted coursework incorporates material authored by a third party, the source should always be attributed according to the accepted standards of scholarly endeavor. Material taken from the internet or other forms of electronic media are subject to the same requirements of attribution applicable to printed reference sources or materials. Work suspected of being tainted by plagiarism will receive no credit. All cases of suspected academic dishonesty including collaboration, plagiarism and cheating as defined by UCSD regulations will be referred to the UCSD Academic Integrity Coordinator.

In cases of suspected academic dishonesty including cheating in an examination or altering graded work and resubmitting it, the student will be handed a copy of the student conduct code, and the case will be referred to the appropriate dean. The academic penalty for serious academic dishonesty will generally be a grade of F.

Department Seminars (BENG 281)

Fridays 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Y-C Fung Auditorium. The schedule of speakers is posted on the Bioengineering Department web pages.