BME 180A Biomedical Engineering Design (2016-2017)

BME 180A Biomedical Engineering Design

(Required for BME.)
Catalog Data:

BME 180A Biomedical Engineering Design (Credit Units: 3) Design strategies, techniques, tools, and protocols commonly encountered in biomedical engineering; clinical experience at the UCI Medical Center and Beckman Laser Institute; industrial design experience in group projects with local biomedical companies; ethics, economic analysis, and FDA product approval. In-progress grading. Prerequisite: BME110C, BME111, BME120, BME121, BME140. BME 180A-B-C must be taken in the same academic year. Seniors only. Biomedical Engineering majors only. (Design units: 3)

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Lecture notes

Michelle Khine
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Demonstrate leadership and teamwork skills in a project team environment

2. List and define the various steps in bringing a biomedical product from concept to market

3. Identify the realistic constraints of the team project

4. Identify and assess challenges in each of the steps

5. Articulate the impacts of the project in a global, economic, environmental and societal context.

6. Design and conduct experiments to verify team projects requirements.

7. Use knowledge in mathematics, statistics, biological sciences, physical sciences, and engineering to solve the problems at the interface of engineering and biology whenever required.

8. Use the appropriate computer tools to design, model, simulate, and/or operate, the team projects.

9. Apply engineering principles and practices to meet the challenges.

10. Demonstrate oral communication skills in presenting team projects.

11. Establish initial contacts with major local BME companies.

12. Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary issues related to biomedical engineering.

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Understanding of quantitative and systematic physiology
  • Biomedical signals and systems
  • Analog and digital circuits in bioinstrumentation
Lecture Topics:
  • Introduction to biomedical engineering from bench to market
  • Fundamental product design tools
  • Computer-Aided Design (CAD) tools
  • Strategies and protocols in product development
  • Coordination and leadership in product development team
  • Design for quality, usability, manufacturability, reliability, and safety
  • Food and Drug Administration approval process and regulatory issues
  • Ethics and human factors in biomedical engineering
  • Licensing, patents, copyrights, and trade secrets
  • Market forecast and economic analysis
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Students will use the computer to develop essential skills in CAD for biomedical product design, solve homework problems, and prepare design reports. They will be trained in COMSOL, Cobalt, Matlab, and Microsoft Project utilizing the Computer Laboratory.

Laboratory Projects:

Students will work in teams to design a solution to a real world biomedical engineering problem:

  • Problem definition
  • Team building/allocation of work
  • Synthesis of concepts, design of solution
  • Analysis
  • Evaluation
Professional Component

Contributes toward the Biomedical Engineering Major design experience.

Design Content Description
  • Students will use learned skills to design systems and devices for biomedical engineering. (30%)
  • Specific discussions on system and device designs. (30%)
  • Team projects in design process flows. (40%)
Lectures: 60%
Laboratory Portion: 40%
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework assignments: 15%
  • Midterm project report: 20%
  • First quarter project report: 65%
  • 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: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 3.0 credit units

July 12, 2016
Senate Approved:
January 8, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr