Biomedical Engineering Design I
BME 49101/ 2 Cr.
BME 49101 prepares students for engineering practice through a major design experience, encompassing conceptualization, requirements generation, and system and detailed design. Essential design constraints will be reviewed and applied including: safety, economic, and manufacturability. The course encompasses lectures, case studies, team formation, project assignments and generation of initial design.
- Available Online: No
- Credit by Exam: No
- Laptop Required: No
P: Senior standing and consent of department chair.
TBD. Both electronic and printed handouts will also be distributed throughout the semester.
This two-semester sequence (BME 49100-49200) provides real-life experience of engineering problem solving in a group setting, from identification, planning and design, and testing, culminating in the second semester in an official project presentation. In addition to hands-on design work, students will gain exposure to the phases of a project development cycle; to the written and oral communication tools and techniques necessary for team project design and for the review process; and to realistic design constraints, including regulatory constraints specific to the design of medical devices (e.g. FDA approval). The first semester focuses on initial project design and prototyping in a team environment. Lectures will explore the design process using case studies from industry as well as practical information about working effectively on a design team.
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Identify and formulate the design problem, including bringing precision to the problem statement through a requirements specification. 
- Use critical thinking in the design process. 
- Conduct design using an organized design process, including planning, literature search, requirements specification, consideration of alternative approaches, determination of strategies, and design reviews. [2, 4]
- Conduct design using design principles. [1, 2]
- Apply engineering principles, mathematics, and science in engineering design, including methods, tools and techniques. 
- Apply technical knowledge to design, including methods, tools and techniques. [2, 7]
- Analyze and interpret data. 
- Apply analytical tools and techniques to solve a design problem at the interface of engineering and biology. [2, 7]
- Function effectively on a multi-disciplinary team through mutual support, consensus seeking, cooperation, and sharing responsibility. 
- The Design Process
- Design Methodology
- Case studies
- Team Dynamics
- Formation of teams and team building
- Group Design Example – start to finish (will be a relatively simple exercise to take the students through the process)
- Project assignment and brainstorming activity
- Concepts review
- Monthly Progress reports
- Design Reviews