Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Biological and Health Sciences Division
BIOL 28INTRODUCTION TO BIOENGINEERINGSummer 2013
4 hours lecture.4 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 48 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 
 Lecture Hours: 4 Lab Hours: Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: AS Degree
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: PendingValidation: 11/16/12


Cross Listed as:ENGR 28
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1. Description -
Introduction to the field of bioengineering. Topics covered will include an overview of basic biological systems and biochemistry for non-biology majors, how the basic principles of engineering and physics can be applied to problems in biological science, and an overview of current trends in bioengineering including: medical devices, biomaterials, bioinstrumentation, computational biology, and agricultural biotechnology.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in ENGR 28.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Describe the bioengineering industry and identify the available career opportunities.
  2. Define and describe the fundamentals of molecular biology as they pertain to bioengineering including, but not limited to, nucleic acid and protein structure, the human genome, and cell biology.List and describe the steps of the bioengineering design process.
  3. Analyze the physical processes associated with common biological systems.
  4. Recognize and compare current imaging and microscopy instrumentation.
  5. Demonstrate how conservation laws (including conservation of mass and energy, momentum, and charge) apply to biological and medical systems.
  6. Recognize and discuss current applications of bioengineering to medicine.
  7. Recognize and discuss current application of bioengineering to agriculture.
  8. Recognize and discuss current applications of bioengineering to technology.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
None required.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Describe the bioengineering industry and identify the available career opportunities.
    1. Defining bioengineering
    2. Careers in bioengineering
    3. History
  2. Define and describe the fundamentals of molecular biology as they pertain to bioengineering including, but not limited to, nucleic acid and protein structure, the human genome, and cell biology.
    1. Nucleic Acid Structure
    2. DNA Replication
    3. The Human Genome
      1. Defining genes and genomes
      2. Mutations and consequences
      3. Biomarkers
    4. Cell biology
    5. Proteins
  3. List and describe the steps of the bioengineering design process.
    1. The scientific method
      1. Steps in the scientific method
      2. Limitations
    2. Case studies in bioengineering design
    3. Quality assurance
      1. Testing procedures and analysis
      2. Risk assessment
    4. Bioethics
  4. Analyze the physical processes associated with common biological systems.
    1. Problem definitions
    2. Systems biology
    3. Statistical methods
  5. Recognize and compare current instrumentation used in bioengineering.
    1. Microscopy and imaging techniques
    2. Biomechanics
    3. Robotics
  6. Demonstrate how conservation laws (including conservation of mass and energy, momentum, and charge) apply to biological and medical systems.
    1. Units and calculations
    2. Energy and momentum conservation
    3. Newton's Laws
    4. Circuits, electricity, and conservation of charge
  7. Recognize and discuss current applications of bioengineering to medicine.
    1. Medical devices
    2. Cell & tissue engineering
    3. Gene therapy
    4. Targeted cancer treatments
    5. Regenerative Medicine
      1. Stem cells and cellular techniques
  8. Recognize and discuss current application of bioengineering to agriculture.
    1. Bioremediation
    2. Engineering plants and animals
    3. Controversies and ethics
    4. Biofuels
  9. Recognize and discuss current applications of bioengineering to technology.
    1. Computational applications
      1. Bioinformatics
      2. Molecular Dynamics
    2. Nanobiotechnology and nanobiomaterials
    3. Biomimicry
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
 
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Midterm exams comprised of objective and/or written sections and which require critical thinking and analysis of course readings
  2. Final exam requiring knowledge and analysis of all information gathered during the course
  3. Oral expression in discussions and/or presentations
  4. Written expression in evaluating course topics and which require integration of scientific principles with societal/personal views
7. Representative Text(s) -
Enderle, John., Bronzino, Joseph. Introduction to Biomedical Engineering, Third Edition. Academic Press, 2011. ISBN-10: 0123749794

8. Disciplines -
Engineering
Biology
 
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, group discussion.
 
10. Lab Content -
Not applicable.
 
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
 
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading Assignments
    1. weekly reading assignments from text and outside sources
    2. suggested supplemental readings from articles relevant to course material
    3. suggested supplemental readings from web searches relevant to course material
    4. weekly discussions based on reading assignments and which require knowledge and integration of course material
  2. Writing Assignments
    1. question sets based upon assigned reading on current research topics
    2. poster preparation for oral presentation on subject relevant to course material
    3. weekly computational problem sets
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a restricted support course for the AS degree in General Studies - Science.


Course status: Active
Last updated: 2014-04-03 14:17:46


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