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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - BME5100
Tracking Number - 5343

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Current Status: SCNS Liaison Notified of Graduate Council Approval - 2016-06-15
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Elective for Biomed Eng. To GC. Course Desc too long. Emailed 4/13/16. Updated 5/4/16. GC Approved To USF Sys 5/18/16; to SCNS after 5/25/16. Pre-req needs prefixes. Emailed 6/15/16 pending

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: 9740692
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: BME
  9. Number: 5100
  10. Full Title: Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
  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): Intro to Biomedical Engineerin
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: Calculus I, Chemistry I
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: This course is designed to introduce students from engineering and other disciplines to a range of topics in biomedical engineering. The course will cover engineering tools and techniques applied to medicine and biology.

  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 past few times this course was offered at the 4000 level and had enrollment of 50 or more.

    This 5000 level version is targeted at graduate students who want to take it as an elective.

  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  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 related field is desired.
  29. Objectives: The course is designed to expose the student to various introductory aspects of biomedical engineering. Students should be able to know the scope and breadth of the discipline and will get information about the various topics that are covered in biomedical engineering programs.
  30. Learning Outcomes: Students will understand the basics of systems biology, prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell biology, and molecular bioengineering concepts.

    2. Students will have knowledge of the basic moral/ethical issues that face biomedical engineers.

    3. Students will know the basic anatomical and physiologic features of the mammalian and human body.

    4. Students will understand the basics of biomechanical motion and motor systems.

    5. Students will have knowledge of biomaterials and their basic uses.

    6. Students will have an understanding of tissue engineering and its role in the future of medicine/bioengineering.

    7. Students will have an understanding of neuroengineering, biomedical sensors and instrumentation.

    8. Students will be familiar with medical imaging, including the ultrasound, X-ray, CT, MRI, and PET imaging techniques; as well as bio-optics.

    9. Students will have a general understanding of patents and technology transfer.

    10. Students will gain a basic appreciation for cardiovascular, renal and respiratory systems and physiology.

  31. Major Topics: Week 1, Aug. 25. Course Description, Syllabus and Biology Review: A crash course/review on systems, cellular and molecular biology; and an overview of breakthroughs in the field of biomedical engineering

    Week 2, Sept. 1. Mammalian Physiology: Systems and Whole body considerations Overview of material and energy balances in mammals and humans; thermoregulation; whole body metabolic measurements; basic anatomy.

    Week 3, Sept. 8. Fundamentals of Neuroengineering: Basics of nerves (focusing on the brain, sensory and motor systems), action potentials; EEG; Neural control and interactions with other physiological systems; physiological modeling.

    Thursday - Student Presentations Begin

    Week 4, Sept. 15. Neuroengineering- Biomedical Sensors & Sensory Systems: “Sensor” aspects: neuroscience and environmental sensing; visual and auditory sensors, overview of other sensory systems; artificial ear.

    Tuesday/Thursday - Student Presentations

    Week 5, Sept. 22. Physiology and Metabolism: Cellular level - transport through cell membranes; Basic cellular structure; movement of materials into/out of cells; kidneys and artificial kidney design. Fluid aspects - blood and the circulatory system; Blood characteristics; blood flow.

    Lecturer: Tanika Williamson, M.S. Tuesday - Student Presentation

    Week 6, Sept. 29. Biomechanics: Materials science review; soft tissue composition and biomechanics (including skin, tendons, ligaments, muscles, etc.); soft tissue implants; hard tissue composition; hard tissue implants; prosthetics. Tuesday - Student Presentation

    Week 7, Oct. 6. Biomaterials: Material aspects: biomaterials and biocompatibility; Basic biomaterials (ceramics, metals, polymers, etc.) biocompatibility; blood compatible materials. Tuesday/Thursday - Student Presentations

    Week 8, Oct. 13. Immunology for Bioengineers: Guest Lecturer, Dr. Ken Ugen, Dept. of Molecular Medicine, USF College of Medicine.

    No student presentations.

    Week 9, Oct. 20. Tissue Engineering: Guest Lecturer, Nicole Febles, MS, Dept. of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering, USF College of Engineering.

    Tuesday - Student Presentation

    Week 10, Oct. 27: Tuesday – Mid-Term Exam, No student presentation

    Thursday - Medical Imaging: Radiation Imaging, CT, MRI, and PET. Student presentation

    Week 11, Nov. 3. Bioinstrumentation: Amplifiers, Mass spectrometry, 2-D Gels, bio-signals and signal acquisition and averaging, biomedical devices.

    Tuesday/Thursday - Student Presentations.

    Week 12, Nov. 10. Biomedical Images & Bioinformatics: Overview of: biomedical imaging and radiology, bioinformatics, biostatistics; high-throughput investigational and data display techniques; genomics.

    Tuesday/Thursday - Student presentations

    Week 13, Nov. 17. Patents, Clinical Engineering and Ethics: Technology transfer; Health care system aspects: clinical engineering; Overview of ethics and “health care systems”.

    Tuesday/Thursday - Student presentations

    Week 14, Nov. 24.

    Tuesday: BME Hot topics; Student Presentation

    Thursday – Happy Thanksgiving Holiday.

    Week 15, Dec. 1. Tuesday: Biomedical Optical Engineering: Lasers, Light propagation, Photo thermal therapeutics, Fiber optics and waveguides. Thursday: Special Review Session & Extra Credit Game, Q&A. Student presentations.

  32. Textbooks: None. All course materials will be available as handouts or on Canvas, under these Headings, which are updated each week:
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Will be updated each year and put on Canvas
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Final grades will be based on the following: 15% Quizzes, 15% Homework, 15% oral presentation/class participation, 25% Mid-Term Exam, 30% Final exam

    Grading Scale: 97+ A+; 94 to 96 A; 90 to 93 A-;

    87 to 89 B+; 84 to 86 B; 80 to 83 B-;

    77 to 79 C+; 74 to 76 C; 70 to 73 C-;

    67 to 69 D+; 64 to 66 D; 61 to 63 D-; 60 and below F

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: There will be weekly homework assignments, One course project, one mid-term and a final examination.
  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: Undergraduate and graduate programs in engineering
  39. Course Concurrence Information: The course would be a suitable elective for other graduate programs in engineering and science.

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