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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - BME6420
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2005-05-27
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2005-04-06
  2. Department: Chemical Engineering
  3. College: EN
  4. Budget Account Number: 2107 000 00
  5. Contact Person: Bill Lee
  6. Phone: 9742136
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: BME
  9. Number: 6420
  10. Full Title: Human Sensory Processes
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Sensory Processes
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in engineering or CI
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: Biological and engineering aspects of the human sensory system (vision, hearing, taste, smell, touch, pain, etc.), including normal and impaired performance, engineering models, and prosthetic device design considerations.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: This course is part of the expanding curriculum in biomedical engineering (BME). BME students must increasingly be knowledgeable in the human sensory system for BME-related applications in artificial sensory system design, human factors/ergonomics issues
  26. 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 for the BME graduate program. USF research projects currently focus on artificial sensory systems (vision and smell), medical device aspects (for example, contact lenses), and human factors issues of sensory perception. The general area of artificial sensory systems is an emerging discipline within BME. While intended for BME students, students in other engineering disciplines (for example, electrical and computer science) and other human-oriented disciplines may also find the course to be very useful.
  27. 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.
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) The instructor should hold a PhD in biomedical engineering or related fields and otherwise be knowledgeable in the human sensory system.
  29. Objectives: This course will explore in depth the human sensory system, providing a treatment of all the modalities (vision, hearing, taste, smell, pain, tactile) and how such knowledge is important to the emerging engineering fields of artificial sensory systems, medical device design, etc. More specifically, this course will:

    1) Provide a basic understanding of the biology of the human sensory system

    2) Provide the fundamentals of (as relevant) the psychological/cognitive aspects of the processing of sensory information

    3) Discuss basic measurement procedures of normal and impaired sensory performance.

    4) Understand medical conditions of importance, including aging, genetic influences, pharmaceutical influences, and disease processes.

    5) Understand engineering models of both the biology and information processing aspects of the human sensory system.

    6) Understand current and emerging trends in prosthetic design, including medical devices, artificial sensory systems, and related issues.

    7) Understand the impact of sensory system information on related fields such as human factors, rehabilitation, workplace safety, and other related issues.

  30. Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1) understand the basics of the sensory nervous system

    2) understand the basic biology of the human sensory system

    3) understand "normal" and impaired performance of the human sensory system

    4) model the human sensory system, including information processing issues

    5) develop basic artificial system objectives and design requirements from the sensory viewpoint

    6) understand "human" influences (biases, previous knowledge, expectation, etc.) on information processing

    7) appreciate the importance of knowing all related aspects of a medical device design, including relevant biology, psychology, and engineering science

    8) locate and utilize relevant sources of informaton.

  31. Major Topics: 1) Basics of neuroscience (nerve types, nerve behavior, etc.)

    2) For each of the sensory modalities (vision, hearing, taste/smell, tactile, pain:

    a) basic biology

    b) medical conditions of interest

    c) measurement procedures

    d) cogntive processing of information

    e) engineering models

    f) prosthetic devices, medical device development

    g) impact on other fields (human factors, rehabilitation, etc.)

    The course is basically organized according to each modality.

  32. Textbooks: No textbook has been required for the course. Extensive handouts from a variety of sources have been used.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
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  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
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