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 363 will replace the prior course BMEN 361. While both courses introduce students to the broad topic of bioinstrumentation, the scope of the new course has been slightly attenuated. This modification is a result of the the addition of two 2-credit laboratory courses, BMEN 381 and BMEN 382 (Biomedical Engineering Laboratory I and II) to the new curriculum. These courses will cover labs that were included within BMEN 361 and will additionally integrate smaller laboratory components of other courses. As a result, the heavy laboratory component within BMEN 361 was removed in the creation of BMEN 363, while the lecture course content remains the same.
The title for BMEN 363, Biomedical Instrumentation, has been retained from the class it will replace (BMEN 361). The removal of the heavy laboratory component is reflected in the 3-credit hour format. The revised course description and learning outcomes reflect the focus upon the lecture course content.