Bioelectricity: A Quantitative Approach

In “Bioelectricity: A Quantitative Approach,” participants learn how to think about electrically active tissue in terms of individual mechanisms, and you will learn to analyze the mechanisms quantitatively as well as describe them qualitatively. The course uses many of the same examples used by Hodgkin and Huxley, who won the Nobel Prize for their experimental unraveling of the mechanisms of the nerve axon of the giant squid, and their creation of a mathematical model of membranes and propagation to understand its function. That work has been the foundational element of most subsequent understandings of electrically active tissue, whether in nerves, the brain or in muscle, including the heart.


  • First Duke MOOC offered online; subsequently offered a second time and then was redesigned into a two-MOOC sequence.
  • One of five MOOCs on Coursera recommended for credit equivalency by the American Council on Education.
  • Professor Roger Barr presented on the course at theĀ 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEEĀ Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society in 2014.t



  • Biomedical Engineering

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Launch Date:

  • September 2012

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