**Foundations of Biomedical Engineering**

**This is an undergraduate-level course. Students from the Biomedical Engineering Program are required to attend in Freshmen year, Spring semester. IMPORTANT: Dr. Santaniello does not teach this course anymore.**

**Description:**

The course provides an introduction to several areas of research found in Biomedical Engineering. Topics include basic biomechanics, bioinstrumentation systems, circuit elements and concepts, linear network analysis, bio-potentials, biosensors, various imaging techniques, fundamentals of bioinformatics and molecular engineering. A required class project will help students identify and formulate solutions to a problem found in the biomedical engineering field.

**Course Objectives and Outcomes:**

The objective of this course is to aid each student in making progress in the following areas: (1) Learning to apply course material to improve thinking, problem solving, and decision making in analyzing Biomedical Engineering problems using proper assumptions and simplifications; (2) Gaining knowledge about the mechanics, materials and operation of the human system; (3) Learning fundamental principles and generalizations of engineering analysis used in Biomedical Engineering (e.g., Newton’s laws, equilibrium of a body, basic circuit elements, biosensors, fundamentals of molecular engineering). To this purpose, students will learn through lectures, assignments, and six hands-on laboratory sessions. At the end of this course, each student should be able to: (A) Apply knowledge of basic engineering to solve the problems at the interface of engineering and biology; (B) Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems; (C) Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

**Topics Covered:**

Vectors; Free Body Diagrams; Forces, Equilibrium; Biomechanical Modeling; Biomechanical Testing Techniques; Biomechanical Problem Solving Methodology; Basic Bioinstrumentation System; Basic Circuit Elements and Concepts; Linear Network Analysis; The Origin of Bio-potential Signals; How Biosensors Record Signals in the Human Body; Imaging Techniques; Fundamentals of Bioinformatics; Fundamental of Molecular Engineering.

**Prerequisite:** none

**Required, Elective, or Selected Elective:** Required.

** Lectures:**2 lectures per week (80 minutes per lecture)

**Grading: **Exams: 50%; Homework: 30%; Tests: 10%; Project: 10%

**A syllabus can be found here****.**

**Textbook: **

**[TB]** John D. Enderle & Joseph D. Bronzino (2012) *Introduction to Biomedical Engineering*. ISBN: 978-012-374-979-6

** ****Plan of Lectures and Assignments**

Lecture |
Topic |
References/Reading |
Assignment |

1-2 |
Introduction to Biomechanics | Lecture Notes 1 & 2 | Homework 1 |

3 |
Center of Gravity | Lecture Notes | |

4 |
Free Body Diagrams | Lecture Notes | |

5 |
Segmental Analysis | Lecture Notes | |

6-7 |
Laboratory Session 1-2 | Handouts | Lab report 1 & 2 |

8 |
EXAM 1 |
– | |

9-10 |
Introduction to Bioelectricity | Lecture Notes 1 & 2 | Homework 2 |

11-12 |
Circuit Analysis | Lecture Notes 1 & 2 | |

13 |
Project Assignment | – | |

14-15 |
Laboratory Session 3-4 | Handouts | Lab report 3 & 4 |

16 |
EXAM 2 |
– | |

17-18 |
Introduction to Biopotentials | Lecture Notes 1 | |

19-20 |
Laboratory Session 5-6 | Handouts | Lab report 5 & 6 |

21-22 |
Introduction to Medical Imaging | Lecture Notes 1 & 2 | Homework 3 |

23-24 |
Introduction to Bioinformatics | Lecture Notes 1& 2 | Homework 4 |

25 |
EXAM 3 |
– | |

26 |
PROJECT DISCUSSION |
– |