BME 1 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (2017-2018)

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. Biomedical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering: Premedical majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 1)

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

Recommended Textbook:

Class website

Jered Haun
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Define the discipline of Biomedical Engineering.

2. Describe the scope of research in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

3. Complete a problem based design project of interest.

4. Perform a literature search and present the findings.

5. Present sketches or graphics and explain design objectives, principles and expectations.

6. Discuss difficulties, feasibility, time required for completion and any possible ethical questions.

Prerequisites by Topic


Lecture Topics:
  • Module 1: Cancer Diagnostics
    • Group Project (1): written report on a type of cancer
  • Scientific literature searches and writing reports
  • Expert Perspective: How is cancer diagnosed?
  • Expert Perspective: BME technologies for cancer detection
  • Problem solving and engineering design
  • Module 2: Cardiovascular Engineering
    • Group Project (2): patent application on a device technology
  • Expert Perspective: Modeling
  • Intellectual property and patents
  • Expert Perspective: Development of commercial devices
  • Bioethics: Whence morality and ethics?
  • Module 3: Global Health Technologies
    • Group Project (3): Presentation on a point-of-care technology
  • Expert Perspective: BME cardiovascular technologies
  • Economics and Regulations
  • Expert Perspective: BME Devices and Entrepreneurship
  • Preparing and giving oral presentations
  • Expert Perspective: BME Point-of-care technologies
  • BME Undergraduate Presentations and Panel Discussion
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

This course is designed to provide a broad overview of the field of biomedical engineering, as well as to prepare students for the BME and BMEP programs here at the University of California Irvine. Content will be targeted towards incoming freshman and transfer students. General topics to be covered will include the history and current state of biomedical engineering, differences between the BME/BMEP programs, expectations for students at graduation, and potential career opportunities that could await afterwards. Students will also receive basic instruction in team-oriented work, background research and citation of scientific literature, scientific writing, giving oral presentations, problem solving, engineering design strategies, intellectual property rights, bioethics, and entrepreneurship. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion: 0%
Grading Criteria:
  • Group reports/presentations (3): 50%
  • Group process checks (3): 15%
  • Individual assignments (3): 15%
  • Speaker quizzes (6): 15%
  • Participation: 5%
  • Total: 100%
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 22, 2017
Senate Approved:
April 1, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr