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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - BME6630

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2006-05-05
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1772 2006-03-22
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Chemical Engineering EN 210700000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    William Lee 9742136

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    BME 6630 Research Methods in Biomechanics

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    1-3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Res Meth Biomech
    Course Online? Percentage Online


    Graduate standing in engineering or CI


    Course Description

    Research methods in biomechanics, including materials testing, gait analysis, modeling techniques, and related issues. Open to majors and nonmajors. May be repeated for credit as the subject varies up to six total credits.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Biomechanics is one of the areas of strength of the biomedical engineering program. With more students conducting research in the area, it is important to incorporate existing and emerging research techniques into the curriculum. Most of these procedure

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    This would be an elective course, mainly in the area of biomedical engineering but open to all majors. "Biomechanics" is a subject area to biomedical engineering, specific areas in biology and biophysics, and physical education. Also, a graduate certificate in biomechanics will soon be proposed (interdisciplinary); this course would be a part of the course selections.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    This course has been offered twice under ECH 6931 (Selected Topics).

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    The instructor should have a minimum of an M.S. in some discipline of engineering (biomedical, mechanical, etc.) or related scientific discipline. The instructor should have demonstrated expertise in the experimental procedures covered in the course.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    1) Expose the student to current and emerging research methods employed in the area of biomechanics (specific methods would vary as the course subject varies)

    2) Instruct the student in the relevant underlying principles, calibration, operation, validation, and data limitations of the method(s).

    3) Provide application examples of the research methodologies.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Students should be able to understand the relevant operating principles of the method. Students should be aware of the limitations of the method. Students should be able to run the method, including calibration. Students should be able to interpret the results, including data validation issues.

    C. Major Topics

    Topics will vary as the method varies. Examples include measuring stress-strain curves, gait and movement analysis, 3-D modeling, cyclic fatigue analysis, and microscopic examination.

    D. Textbooks

    Typically the subject will be treated by extensive handouts and web-based references.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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