BME 223 Critical Thinking in Cardiovascular Research (2014-2015)

BME 223 Critical Thinking in Cardiovascular Research

(Not required for any major.)
Catalog Data:

BME 223 Critical Thinking in Cardiovascular Research (Credit Units: 2) Interpretation and critical assessment cardiovascular research in basic science, application of engineering tools, and clinical cardiology and cardiovascular surgery. Open only to graduate students engaged in research. Graduate students only. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
Recommended Textbook:
Steven C. George
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of contemporary basic science, clinical cardiology and application of engineering tools for addressing problems in the cardiovascular field.

2. Read, synthesize and critically evaluate current developments in cardiovascular research.

3. Work in interdisciplinary teams and orally communicate their findings and evaluations of current cardiovascular research.

Prerequisites by Topic


Lecture Topics:
  • Reading, assessing and presenting scientific literature
  • Basic science of cardiovascular research
  • Genetic Markers of cardiac function and maturity
  • Microenvironmental effects on cardiomyocyte function
  • Developing in vitro cardiac tissue for assessment of pathology and drug efficacy
  • Clinical cardiovascular research
  • Diagnostics for heart disease
  • Clinical treatment of heart disease
  • Cardiac clinical trials
  • Engineering tools for cardiovascular research
  • Microfluidic platforms for creating and assessing 3D cardiac tissues
  • Assessing cardiac electrophysiology in engineered cardiac tissues
  • Noninvasive optical methods of assessing cardiomyocyte function
Class Schedule:

Meets for 2 hours of lecture each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:


Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component
Design Content Description
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Presentations: 40%
  • Writing Assignments: 40%
  • Participation: 20%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

April 21, 2014
Senate Approved:
April 25, 2014
Approved Effective:
2014 Fall Qtr