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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - BME6055
Tracking Number - 5342

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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: Elective for Biomed Eng. To GC. Outcomes not measureable; need rev. Emailed 4/13/16. Updated 5/4/16. GC Approved 5/4/16 To USF Sys 5/18/16; to SCNS after 5/25/16. SCNS Approved Eff 7/1/16. Nmbr 6140 approed as 6055

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: Dr. Babu Joseph
  6. Phone: 8740692
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: BME
  9. Number: 6055
  10. Full Title: Modern Biomedical Technologies
  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): Modern Biomedical Technologies
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: In this class students will learn about new possibilities brought by development of interfaces between human body and computers, creation of artificial body parts, deciphering of brain signals and design of new generation biomedical instruments.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Offered as enrichment course (not part of program/concentration/certificate)
  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 was offered as a Special Topics course in the past and enrollments varied from 20-40.
  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.) A PhD in Biomedical Engineering or closely related field is required.
  29. Objectives: Course Objectives:

    1. Give an overview of state-of-the-art Biomedical Technologies.

    2. Let students practice communicating complex technical material, both orally and in written form.

    3. Provide an opportunity to complete a small-scale original research project.

  30. Learning Outcomes: After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

    1. Discuss and evaluate new technologies used in biomedical applications

    2. Understand different types of biomedical imaging techniques and choose the best technique for a given application

    3. Distinguish between different types of microscopes used such as traditional optical, fluorescent and confocal types

    4. Understand the optical properties of the most widely used photonic structures-lenses, optical fibers, optical waveguides and lasers

    5. Understand how laser radiation is used for a broad range of therapeutic and surgical procedures

    6. Understand the biomedical and optical foundations of optogenetics

    7. Distinguish between imaging at the micro and nano levels

    8. Understand the design principles of a sensor in general and biosensor in particular

    9. Understand how micro and nano-scale biomedical devices are fabricated

    10. Become aware of recent developments in nanomedicine

    11. Understand how interfaces between human body and machine are designed

    12. Apply the concepts learned to emerging problems in biomedical engineering

  31. Major Topics: • Biomedical Imaging

    • Human-computer interfaces

    • Laser medicine

    • Microscopy (including super-resolution microscopy)

    • Drug delivery (including new non-traditional approaches)

    • Stem cells

    • Biomedical optics

    • Optogenetics

    • Biosensors

    • Biomedical robotics

    • 3D printing

    • Principles of successful scientific presentations using PowerPoint

    • Requirements for making good posters

  32. Textbooks: None
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Assigned individually depending on research project. For example, it can be reading on low level light therapy, or on 3D printing applied to biomedical technologies.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Category %

    Project 35%

    Homework 25%

    Exam 25%

    Quizzes 10%

    Participation 5%

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Quizzes

    • There are occasional quizzes starting week 2 on covered material.

    • Quiz can be at the beginning or at the end of the class.

    • Students are expected to take all quizzes individually.


    • There is one mid-term exam.

    Oral Presentations

    • Graduate students are expected to present to the class a 5 min overview of clinically related research or product of biomedical company/startup based on personal interactions with the people working on them. Undergraduate students can do it on any interesting biomedical topic approved by the instructor.

    • Students are expected to work on a project related to the area of Biomedical Technologies. They are expected to work in groups of three, and everyone in the group will receive the same grade for the project. If one of the group members by opinion of his or her group did not contribute to the project completely, he or she doesn’t receive any points. At the end of the semester (last two weeks of classes), students will make an oral presentation on the results of their work.

    • There will be a poster session held at the end of the course during the last class.

    Written Project Reports

    • Each student will submit an idea for a project as part of their homework assignment.

    • The final project report is due on the last day of the class (one report per team).

    • There can be intermediate update reports during the semester.


    • Active participation is expected in the classroom, which involves discussion, questions, and answers.


    • Homework is assigned throughout the semester and must be submitted to the instructor at the beginning of class on the day it is due. Late homework 20% deduction per day from the grade for that homework.

  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. It’s 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 USF policy
  38. Program This Course Supports: MS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering, BS in Chemical Engineering
  39. Course Concurrence Information: It could serve as an engineering elective for all branches of engineering

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