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A Series Of Design Courses In Biomedical Engineering

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.40.1 - 4.40.10

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Frank J. Fronczak

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John G. Webster

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Session 2309

A Series of Design Courses in Biomedical Engineering

Frank J. Fronczak, John G. Webster University of Wisconsin-Madison


The curriculum for the BSBME degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison requires a series of six design courses. Students begin in their third semester with prerequisites of calculus, physics and chemistry. We solicit real projects from faculty in biomedical engineering and the life sciences. Groups of two or three students interact with these clients to define the specifications for their projects. Instructors teach them design principles and guide them to seek information from the web, a course web page ( bme/200/webster/) and other sources, brainstorm for a variety of solutions, select the best solution, and develop it. Students e-mail weekly reports to their clients and instructors. A mid- semester oral presentation is videotaped to provide feedback to the students. An end-of-semester report and public poster session enhances presentation skills. The succeeding five design courses build on other biomedical engineering courses and include exercises to meet the ABET requirements. We report on the first students experiencing this novel curriculum designed to prepare them for careers in Biomedical Engineering.

I. Introduction

In the Fall of 1998 a new Biomedical Engineering undergraduate degree program was launched at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The inaugural class of 17 students was enrolled in the first of a sequence of required Biomedical Engineering Design courses. The BSBME degree curriculum includes a substantial design component. The students are required to take the interdepartmental Introduction to Engineering Design course in their first semester, and then, starting their sophomore year, begin a sequence of 5 one credit design courses. This is culminated with a three credit capstone design course. More detailed information about the curriculum requirements can be found at handbook.pdf, however a few salient characteristics are repeated here for convenience.

It is anticipated that most students enrolling in the undergraduate BME program at the UW- Madison will pursue either an MD or an MSBME degree upon completion of their undergraduate work. The undergraduate program allows the students to pursue a concentration in one of the following areas: • Bioinstrumentation • Biocomputing • Biosignals • Biomechanics • Biomaterials and Biochemotechnology • Health Care Systems and Medical Information

Fronczak, F. J., & Webster, J. G. (1999, June), A Series Of Design Courses In Biomedical Engineering Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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