Jan 28, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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BE 1005 - Introduction to Biomedical Engineering

2 lecture hours 2 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course introduces students to the biomedical engineering (BME) profession including its unique technical, regulatory and other characteristics. Students explore the operating principles, characteristics and engineering considerations of a variety of commonly used biomedical devices.  Career options in BME are described, as are strategies for choosing electives and gaining experience (through internships, research, etc.) in relation to these career options. Finally, students are introduced to computer-aided design and basic fabrication techniques in this course.  (prereq: none)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Identify biomedical devices associated with the major sub-areas of biomedical engineering.
  • Identify career options for biomedical engineers and how choices as a biomedical engineering student may influence one’s options upon graduation.
  • Identify different types of engineering considerations that go into the design of common biomedical devices.
  • Explain the importance of regulation of the biomedical device industry.
  • List different types of safety considerations for biomedical devices.
  • Create a basic part for a biomedical device using computer-aided design and basic fabrication techniques.

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • Introduction to biomedical engineering and its career options
  • The MSOE BME curriculum and its relation to career paths and areas of biomedical engineering
  • Human factors and safety in biomedical engineering devices
  • Introduction to medical device regulation and standards
  • Survey of the engineering behind common biomedical devices
  • Introduction to computer-aided design

Laboratory Topics
  • Fundamentals of electrical circuits
  • Computer-aided design
  • Fabrication techniques for prototype development

Dr. Jeffrey LaMack

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