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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - BME6410
Tracking Number - 5340

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2016-07-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Req Biomed Eng. Need Cat Fit. To GC. Emailed 2/12/16. GC apprd 4/13/16. Still need fit info. Apprd pending that info. Course is alt to GMS 6440. Prog Chg coming. GC Appd To Sys 5/18/16; to SCNS after 5/25/16. Apprd Eff 7/1/16 6409 as 6410

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2015-12-17
  2. Department: Chemical Engineering
  3. College: EN
  4. Budget Account Number: 2107-0000
  5. Contact Person: Babu Joseph
  6. Phone: 9740692
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: BME
  9. Number: 6410
  10. Full Title: Engineering Physiology
  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?: N
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Engineering Physiology
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: EGN 3433, PHY 2048, PHY 2049, ECH 4846 or equivalents or permission of instructor
  23. Corequisites: none
  24. Course Description: General physiology of nerve, muscle, heart, and lung tissue, along with quantitative models of physiological processes at cell, tissue, and/or system level

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for program/concentration/certificate change
  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? The course is a core graduate course for the M.S. and Ph.D. program in Biomedical Engineering. It is also an upper-level elective for the undergraduate Chemical & Biomedical Engineering program. The anticipated enrollment is 15-30 students.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 2 times
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Doctorate in Biomedical Engineering. Doctorate in other Engineering discipline may suffice as well if the instructor has significant physiological training.
  29. Objectives: The course objectives are to: i) give engineering students a basic understanding of how physiological systems work, ii) teach them how to describe system processes using engineering tools and analyses, and iii) inform them of physiological problems in need of engineering solution.
  30. Learning Outcomes: Students will demonstrate an: i) understanding of the major physiological processes involved in neuron, muscle, heart, and lung function from an engineering perspective, ii) understanding of biological and medical terminology, iii) ability to describe physiological functions at different levels (cells, tissues, systems) in quantitative terms, and iv) ability to analyze and interpret physiological data.
  31. Major Topics: Engineering aspects of Cell Physiology, Neural Physiology (vision, audition, and tactition), Skeletal and Smooth Muscle Physiology, Heart Physiology, Lung Physiology
  32. Textbooks: : Quantitative Human Physiology (Feher)
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Ionic Channels of Excitable Membranes (Hille), Handbook of Medical Physiology (Guyton & Hall), Principles of Physiology (Berne & Levy)
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Mastery of course material is evaluated with exams, homeworks, and a written report. Raw scores on these metrics are normalized to a 100-point scale based on class performance, weighted as specified below, and converted to a letter grade using the standard Tens system (A: 93+, A-: 90-93, B+: 87-90, etc.).

    Hwks: 10% Report: 15% Exam1: 25% Exam2: 25% Exam3: 25%

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: There are 8 homeworks assignments due every 2 weeks, 1 written report due at the end of the semester, and 3 exams. The homeworks involve a mixture of direct application of quantitative methods to the physiological system under current study and the analysis of models that simulate the physiological behavior of one or more system processes. The report involves evaluation of a journal article on any research topic covered in class that is of interest to the student. The exams involve questions that probe student recollection and understanding of the system under study (Exam 1: Cell Physiology, Exam 2: Neural and Muscle Physiology, Exam 3: Heart and Lung Physiology).
  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. Its the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: As per university policy
  38. Program This Course Supports: MS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering
  39. Course Concurrence Information: Other Engineering programs which have biomedical applications, Biophysics/mathematics.

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