9: School of Graduate Engineering and Applied Science

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Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering faculty

BIOM 603, 604 - (3) (Y)
Physiology I, II
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Suggested preparation: physics, chemistry, cell biology, and calculus
The integration of biological subsystems into a coherent, functional organism is presented, in a course designed for students with either an engineering or life science background. Topics covered include major aspects of mammalian physiology, with an emphasis on mechanisms. The structure and function of each system is treated, as well as the interrelations and integration of their hormonal and neural control mechanisms.

BIOM 610, 611 - (4) (Y)
Instrumentation and Measurement in Medicine
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Suggested preparation: physics, physical chemistry, mathematics through differential equations, and basic electrical circuit analysis
Sensors and instrumentation systems used in measuring biological variables. Discussed are the physical and chemical principles of measurement, effects of interfaces between biological systems and sensors, and the factors that limit accuracy. Major electronic circuits, digital and analog, for instrumentation and signal conditioning are introduced and systems for physiological monitoring are surveyed. Laboratory experiments involve construction and characterization of simple transducers and signal-conditioning equipment for measuring such biomedical variables as temperature, force, displacement, pressure, flow, and biopotentials. The laboratory is equivalent to one of the four course credits.

BIOM 620, 621 - (3) (Y)
Application of Computers to Medicine
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Suggested preparation: mathematics through differential equations and introduction to higher-level language programming
An introduction to digital computer hardware and software, with emphasis on applications to physiological research and health care. Topics include organization of central processor, memory, and peripherals; assembly-language programming; data acquisition, preprocessing, qualification, and analysis; sample-data principles, digital filtering, and discrete computation of correlation and spectral density functions. All topics are treated with concern for the on-line, real-time processing of biomedical signals. Practical examples and student projects demonstrate and apply these principles, using the IBM PC family of computers.

BIOM 671 - (3) (SI)
Introduction to Rehabilitation Engineering
Corequisite: BIOM 603
Investigation into the anatomical basis and functional manifestations of physical disability, and the technology used by persons with disabilities. Mobility, seating, accessibility, and communication technologies are presented with emphasis on both the engineering aspects of devices and their use by persons with disabilities.

BIOM 672 - (3) (SI)
Rehabilitation Engineering
Prerequisite: BIOM 671; corequisite: BIOM 604
The principles of mechanics applied to the musculoskeletal systems with emphasis on muscle-joint interactions yielding human motions. Laboratory sessions cover materials, techniques, and equipment employed in rehabilitation engineering, and solution of both fictitious and real rehabilitation engineering problems.

BIOM 690 - (3) (S-SS)
Clinical Apprenticeship
Prerequisites: BIOM 603, 604, 610, 611 or equivalent, and permission of advisor
Hands-on experience, adapted to the student's experience and plans, with technical equipment used in the hospital, animal laboratory, and other medical environments, and with the operation of such technical support facilities as an instrumentation shop. This experience normally occurs after the second semester of the M.E. program, and includes a brief summary report. Varied laboratory assignments.

BIOM 693 - (Credit as arranged) (SI)
Independent Study
Detailed study of graduate course material on an independent basis under the guidance of a faculty member.

BIOM 695 - (Credit as arranged) (S-SS)
Supervised Project Research
Formal record of student commitment to project research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.

BIOM 701, 702 - (3) (E)
Fundamentals of Biophysical Sciences
Prerequisites: BIOM 603 and 604. Corequisites: BIOM 731 and 762
An integration of topics in diffusion and transport processes, electrochemistry, bioelectricity, and biological thermodynamics. The application of these topics to the mass transport in circulation and respiration is stressed. The formulation of physical models and their analysis are used to explain biological phenomena.

BIOM 703, 704 - (1) (S)
Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering
A seminar course in which selected topics in biomedical engineering are presented by both students and guest investigators.

BIOM 712, 713 - (3) (O)
Analysis of Biological Systems
Prerequisites: Physiology and feedback systems
Biological systems are considered with respect to their overall function, and biological control aspects are analyzed. Interactions, both between subsystems and with the environment, are emphasized. Existing models are critically reviewed and applications of system identification are studied.

BIOM 717 - (3) (SI)
Advanced Biomedical Instrumentation
Prerequisites: BIOM 611 and permission of instructor. Corequisite: BIOM 767
Selected advanced topics on design of instrumentation for medical applications.

BIOM 728 - (3) (SI)
Skeletal Biomechanics
Prerequisite: BIOM 603 or permission of instructor
The focus of this course is the study of forces (and their effects) which act on the musculoskeletal structures of the human body. Based on the foundations of functional anatomy and engineering mechanics (rigid body and deformable approaches), students are exposed to clinical problems in orthopaedics and rehabilitation. Cross-listed as AM 728.

BIOM 731 - (4) (Y)
Quantitative Techniques in Biomedical Engineering I
Prerequisites: APMA 541 or equivalent
A study of mathematical techniques useful in biomedical engineering. Topics cover linear and nonlinear ordinary differential equations, partial differential equations, vector analysis, matrices, and optimization. Applications include diffusion in biological tissues, biochemical kinetics, and optimization of physiological systems.

BIOM 732 - (3) (SI)
Quantitative Techniques in Biomedical Engineering II
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Advanced topics as determined by student and faculty interest. These have recently included advanced statistics, system identification, and stochastic processes.

BIOM 762 - (1) (E)
Biophysical Systems Laboratory
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Corequisite: BIOM 702
Experimental studies of biophysical systems and of the sensing devices used in biophysical experimentation. Proposal, documentation, and defense of an experimental procedure to measure a relevant physiological parameter. Two hours per week of lecture, experimentation, and data reduction.

BIOM 767 - (1) (SI)
Advanced Instrumentation Laboratory
Corequisite: BIOM 717
Individual advanced projects are developed as prototypes, evaluated, documented, and reported in accordance with good engineering standards for biomedical instrumentation.

BIOM 783 - (3) (SI)
Medical Image Modalities
Corequisite: BIOM 610 or permission of instructor
Engineering and physical principles underlying the major imaging modalities such as x-ray, ultrasound CT, MRI and PET. A comprehensive overview of modern medical imaging modalities with regard to the physical basis of image acquisition and methods of image reconstruction. Students learn about the tradeoffs which have been made in current implementations of these modalities. Considers both primarily structural modalities (magnetic-resonance imaging, electrical-impedance tomography, ultrasound, and computer tomography) and primarily functional modalities (nuclear medicine, single-photon-emission computed tomography, positron-emission tomography, magnetic-resonance spectroscopy, and magnetic-source imaging).

BIOM 784 - (3) (SI)
Medical Image Analysis
Corequisites: BIOM 610 and EE 682/CS 682, or permission of instructor
A comprehensive overview of medical image analysis and visualization. Focuses on the processing and analysis of these images for the purpose of quantitation and visualization to increase the usefulness of modern medical image data. Topics covered involve image formation and perception, enhancement and artifact reduction, tissue and structure segmentation, classification and 3-D visualization techniques as well as pictures archiving, communication and storage systems. Involves "hands-on" experience with homework programming assignments.

BIOM 793 - (Credit as arranged) (SI)
Independent Study
Detailed study of graduate course material on an independent basis under the guidance of a faculty member.

BIOM 795 - (Credit as arranged) (S-SS)
Supervised Project Research
Formal record of student commitment to project research for Master of Engineering degree under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.

BIOM 822 - (3) (SI)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Rheological properties of biological tissues and fluids, with emphasis on methods of measurement and data organization. Basic principles of continuum mechanics and their application to mechanical problems of the heart, lung, and peripheral circulation. Criteria for selecting either lumped or continuous models to simulate mechanical interaction of biological systems (and mechanical prostheses) and application of such models under static and dynamic loading conditions. Cross-listed as AM 822.

BIOM 891, 892 - (2) (IR)
Advanced Topics in Biomedical Engineering
Prerequisite: Permission of staff
Detailed discussions of problem areas in the forefront of biomedical engineering. Course content varies from year to year depending on the interest of the class. Recent topics include cell adhesion, deformation and locomotion and principles of image contrast.

BIOM 895 - (Credit as arranged) (S)
Supervised Project Research

BIOM 897 - (Credit as arranged) (S)
Graduate Teaching Instruction
For master's students.

BIOM 898 - (Credit as arranged) (S)
Master's Research

BIOM 997 - (Credit as arranged) (S)
Graduate Teaching Instruction
For doctoral students.

BIOM 999 - (Credit as arranged) (S-SS)
Formal record of student commitment to doctoral research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.

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