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Design And Implementation Of An Introductory Bioengineering Course

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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BME Courses

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9.378.1 - 9.378.9



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James Sweeney

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Heather Cullen

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Alyssa Panitch

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Session 1309

Design and Implementation of an Introductory Bioengineering Course for EC2000

James D. Sweeney, Alyssa Panitch, Heather L. Cullen Harrington Department of Bioengineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-9709


The Arizona State University course BME201 – Introduction to Bioengineering has been developed and refined in recent years using an innovative team instruction format and modular structure that is well suited not only to the traditional role of such a foundation course of introducing students to the Bioengineering field (and its range of sub-disciplines and career directions), but also to the evolving challenge of forming and strengthening students’ knowledge and training in Bioengineering across the multitude of required ABET EC2000 abilities1. This paper describes the philosophy, design, implementation, assessment and evaluation of BME201 with a particular emphasis upon the success of this course in early promotion of student achievement and success within an overall curriculum that has recently passed through its first round of reaccreditation review under EC2000.

The Undergraduate Bioengineering Curriculum at Arizona State University

The B.S.E. Bioengineering degree program at ASU has been accredited continuously through ABET (the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) since 1985. The program was most recently site visited for reaccreditation in November of 2003 for the first time under the revised ABET Engineering Criteria 2000 (EC2000) for the 2003-2004 cycle2. Enrollment in the degree program has grown steadily over time and stands at over 450 students in the current academic year with a gender balance that reflects that of the general population. The B.S.E. Bioengineering degree is a traditional four-year 128 credit hour program of study taught via a semester system. One section of the three credit-hour course BME201 is offered each fifteen- week semester (fall and spring) with current section sizes of approximately 60 to 70 students (class meetings twice a week for 1.25 hours per class). In the last four years, seven different Bioengineering faculty have instructed or co-instructed the course (typically in pairs of faculty each semester with differing expertise). Two of the authors of this paper (Sweeney, Panitch) have been the most regular instructors over this time and the remaining author (Cullen) has served as a critical teaching assistant over multiple semesters.

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright ©2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Sweeney, J., & Cullen, H., & Panitch, A. (2004, June), Design And Implementation Of An Introductory Bioengineering Course Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--12998

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