Introduction to modern computational modeling tools used in biomedical engineering. Analysis and visualization using engineering software as applied to problems of interest in biomedical engineering. Material balance modeling of biomedical systems.
As part of the continuous assessment and improvement process associated with accreditation of the Biomedical Engineering Program by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), faculty within the program have undertaken a comprehensive review and revision of the undergraduate curriculum and approved (September 28, 2016) several course changes. These changes, which are based upon input from senior course reviews and exit interviews, include modifications to the sequencing of coursework, course pre- and co-requisites, learning outcomes, and course descriptions.
Specifically for BMEN 211, the emphasis of the course has shifted from simulation to predict biomedical system behavior to utilization of computational tools for analysis of biomedical systems. This change was motivated by data indicating that simulation software was too advanced for freshmen students to fully appreciate its function, combined with the observation that students were not fully prepared in higher level classes to utilize basic computational tools such as Excel, MatLab, Mathcad, and programming languages. As a result, the content of BMEN 211 has been modified to focus upon these computational tools. This modification will be balanced in the curriculum overall by integrating modeling and simulation topics and software into design projects wihtin several upper level classes, where their utility can be better explored by students. The new BMEN 211 course title, catalog description, and learning outcomes reflect the modified course content.
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