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, the new course BMEN 212 has been added in response to data gathered that indicate students would benefit from exposure to fundamental engineering concepts earlier in the curriculum. BMEN 212 incorporates key topics from statics and circuits and combines these into a single course, thus better preparing students for higher level courses and allowing higher level courses to achieve more comprehensive topic coverage. In addition, the structure of BMEN 212 provides three benefits for the interdisciplinary field of biomedical engineering: (1) Allows biomedical engineering students to see relevant, key components from multiple engineering fields within a single class, rather than taking multiple courses from other disciplines, (2) draws parallels among these concepts, as all are rooted in the main idea of balances, and (3) provides a platform within which these basic engineering concepts can be applied to biomedical systems, thus allowing students to appreciate the relevance of these topics to their discipline. It is also anticipated that this course may become a desirable elective for students within other engineering disciplines that have an interest in biomedical applications.
The title for BMEN 212, Fundamentals of Biomedical Systems, reflects the purpose and topics within the course. The course description details the key engineering concepts that will be introduced, and the learning outcomes reflect the anticipated mastery of these concepts.