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Undergraduate Studies in Biomedical Engineering at the Faculty of Electronics and Information Technology, Warsaw University of Technology
Roman Z. Morawski, Zdzislaw Pawlowski, Krzysztof Zaremba Warsaw University of Technology
Abstract: The current version of the undergraduate program of study in biomedical engineering – offered at the Faculty of Electronics and Information Technology, Warsaw University of Technology, since 1951 – is presented. First, a general context of studies at the Faculty is outlined, next the system of study is characterized; then a detailed specification of program requirements follows. The flexibility of the system of study is emphasized, as well as the adaptability of the program in biomedical engineering to the changing extra-academic environment. Conclusions are drawn from the program-related experience acquired in the 90s.
The program of study in biomedical engineering has been offered – under varying names – at the Faculty of Electronics and Information Technology, Warsaw University of Technology, since 1951. Fifty years ago, it was probably the first such a program in Europe and – maybe – in the world. At the very beginning it was called Medical Electrotechnics, but very quickly – due to spectacular developments in nuclear science – it was extended to Medical Electrotechnics and Radiation Techniques. In 1965 it was divided into two separate areas of concentration: Medical Electronics and Nuclear Electronics, to be re-united again in 1975 under the name Nuclear and Medical Electronics. In 1990, the reform of higher education in Poland brought a new, formally approved by the central authorities, field of study Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering. The area of concentration Medical Electronics survived under that umbrella three years to be finally incorporated in the macro-field of study Computer Engineering, Automatic Control & Robotics, Electronics & Telecommunications – under its present name: Biomedical Engineering. Unfortunately, during fifty years none of the versions of the Biomedical Engineering program has been subject to external evaluation because of the lack of the corresponding evaluation body in Poland. The National Accreditation Committee has been established only recently, and soon will undertake its evaluation duties.
The Faculty of Electronics and Information Technology is the largest teaching and research center at Warsaw University of Technology. Its educational and research activities cover almost the whole spectrum of relevant areas of concentration: from nano- and microelectronics, through optoelectronics, instrumentation, measurement, control and robotics, to computer engineering, computer networks and telecommunications. Currently, it has more than 3 500 full-time students; they are served by more than 300 members of the academic staff. The Faculty of Electronics and Information Technology offers today the following programs of study (Fig. 1): - a 4-year program leading to the degree of inzynier, equivalent to the Bachelor of Science degree (the first-level or undergraduate studies);
Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright Ó 2002, American Society for Engineering Education
Pawlowski, Z., & Zaremba, K., & Morawski, R. (2002, June), Undergraduate Studies In Biomedical Engineering At The Faculty Of Electronics And Information Technology, Warsaw University Of Technology Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10097
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