BME 1 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (2012-2013)

BME 1 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering

(Required for BME and BMEP.)
Catalog Data:

BME 1 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (Credit Units: 3) Introduction to the central topics of biomedical engineering. Offers a perspective on bioengineering as a discipline in a seminar format. Principles of problem definition, team design, engineering inventiveness, information access, communication, ethics, and social responsibility are emphasized. (Design units: 1)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0122386626 .

Recommended Textbook:
  • Research Articles from BME faculty. Class Notes
  • Charting the Milestones of Biomedical Engineering: EMBS History Booklet (weblink:
Tibor Juhasz
Relationship to Student Outcomes
This course relates to Student Outcomes: EAC d, EAC e, EAC f, EAC g, EAC j.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Define the discipline of Biomedical Engineering (EAC j)

2. Describe the scope of research in the Department of Biomedical Engineering (EAC j)

3. Complete a problem based design project of interest. (EAC d, EAC e)

4. Perform a literature search and present the findings. (EAC g, EAC j)

5. Present sketches or graphics and explain design objectives, principles and expectations. (EAC d, EAC g)

6. Discuss difficulties, feasibility, time required for completion and any possible ethical questions. (EAC f)

Prerequisites by Topic


Lecture Topics:
  • Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomedical Microsystems and nanotransducers
  • Biomedical computation
  • Biomedical photonics
  • Molecular, cellular, and tissue Engineering
  • On ethical issues, government and university regulation
  • On quality of products and research; reliability of products
  • Discussion of design problems
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Basic computer. Design graphics may be necessary.

Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

Contributes toward the Biomedical Engineering Topics and Major Design experience.

Design Content Description

The students will describe a biomedical engineering research project that they would like to carry out. This can be an invention of an instrument for scientific inquiries, or a device for clinical application or a gadget for home care, or any other item that would qualify as Biomedical Engineering. It can also be a study of a scientific or technological problem concerning a phenomenon of interest to biomedical engineering. (50%) Discussion of the phases of design (need, definition of the problem, synthesis, analysis, optimization, evaluation, presentation). Consideration of design solutions, concepts, concepts selection detailed design and design validation. Consideration of design tools (software, instrumentation, devices). Design parameters and error analysis under various initial and boundary conditions. (50%)

Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion: 0%
Grading Criteria:
Category Assignment %Engr. Sci. %Engr. Design %Total
Lectures Questions on Noteboard 9 9
Individual Lecture Report 15 15
Midterm 8 8
Final 8 8
Project Individual Task Report 5 10 15
Final Report 20 20 40
65% 30% 95%
Bonus Online Evaluations/ad hoc tasks 5%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 3.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 2.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 1.0 credit units

February 6, 2012
Senate Approved:
February 14, 2006
Approved Effective:
2006 Fall Qtr