Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Physical Sciences, Mathematics & Engineering Division
5 hours lecture.5 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 60 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 5 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: CSUValidation: 11/16/13

1. Description -
Introduction to the field of biomedical engineering. Due to the nature of this highly interdisciplinary field, the students will be introduced to a wide variety of problems that biomedical engineers work to solve. Covers a variety of applications, such as, implantable devices, bioinstrumentation, biomaterials, and bioelectric phenomena. Provides a general understanding of the biomedical device industry in terms of its size and scope, current trends and the wide range of products involved with emphasis on biomedical companies in California. Provides an overview of the development of a medical device from initial conception through development, testing, validation, manufacture, clinical trials and final approval by regulatory agencies. Strongly recommended as a first class for those with no previous biomedical device industry experience.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Identify basic components of biological systems and their function
  2. Apply engineering approaches and prescribed problem solving techniques
  3. Describe the role of the FDA in the development of pharmaceuticals and medical devices
  4. Explain how a new biomedical product moves through the following developmental states: prototype, testing, production, and marketing, including issues that need to be addressed in each area
  5. Analyze ethical issues surrounding biomedical engineering practice
  6. Describe biomedical device industry including its size and scope, current trends, and the variety of biomedical devices involved
  7. Describe recent advances in biomedical engineering within the context of existing knowledge and technology
  8. Investigate novel biomedical engineering techniques by completing research paper and presentation
  9. Describe biomedical device industry including its size and scope, current trends, and the variety of biomedical devices involved
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
None required.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Biomedical Engineering: A Historical Perspective
    1. The Modern Health Care System
    2. Roles played by the Biomedical Engineers
    3. Recent Advances in Biomedical Engineering
  2. Moral and Ethical Issues
    1. Morality and Ethics
    2. Human Experimentation
    3. Informed Consent
    4. Marketing Medical Devices
    5. The Role of the Biomedical Engineer in the FDA Process
  3. Anatomy and Physiology
    1. Cellular Organization
    2. Tissues
    3. Major Organ Systems
  4. Biomaterials
    1. Prosthetic
    2. Regeneration
    3. Types, Properties and Their Applications
    4. Biomaterial Design
    5. Safety Testing and Regulation of Biomaterials
  5. Bioinstrumentation
    1. Charge, Current, Voltage and Power
    2. Inductors and Capacitors
    3. Operational Amplifiers
    4. Design
  6. Biomedical Sensors
    1. Biopotential measurement
    2. Physical measurement
  7. Bioelectric Phenomena
    1. History
    2. Neurons
    3. Equivalent Circuit Model for the Cell Membrane
    4. The Hodgkin-Huxley Model for the Cell Membrane
  8. Characteristics of biomedical device industry
    1. Size and scope nationally
    2. Current trends
  9. Lifecycle of medical devices
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 presentation
  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, March 2011. ISBN-10: 0123749794

8. Disciplines -
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 reading of case studies
    4. Suggested supplemental readings from web searches relevant to course material
    5. 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. Weekly computational problem sets
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a restricted support course for the AS degree in Engineering.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2014-06-03 10:22:17

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines