The Beating Heart - Discovering the Design of Cardiac Implants

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July 22, 2019 - August 02, 20197/22 - 8/02M-F 9A-11:30A and TWTh 1P-2:30POpenFarah Laiwalla

Course Description

This course is designed specifically for English Language Learners interested in further developing their English skills in a challenging college-level academic setting.

A beating heart is the cardinal sign of life, yet heart disease is one of the biggest causes of death and disability among human beings in modern times. Modern medicine and engineering have made significant improvements to the lives of patients with heart disease, through design of implantable devices such as pace makers and stents, which provide long-lasting relief from serious heart diseases. This has been an achievement of biomedical engineering, which relies on a focused study of biology combined with creative engineering analysis toward the goal of solving medical problems. This course provides a glimpse into how biomedical engineers work, using the cardiovascular system as an example to cover the full spectrum of engineering design methodologies.
Since the intent of engineering is to mimic nature, this course will begin by unraveling the developmental basis of heart formation, focusing both on the structure (anatomy) and the function (physiology) of the organ. This knowledge will be used to identify sources of susceptibility to various diseases, and analyzed to propose engineering solutions. Currently available clinical medical devices will be studied in detail to highlight engineering concepts as they relate to designing medical implants.

Students will be expected to learn two critical sets of skills in this course. Firstly, they will learn to build the critical thinking and analytical skills that are crucial for an engineer. Second, they will be trained hone student skills in technical communication in the written and spoken form. Presentation of course content and design ideas is an integral part of the curriculum, and students will learn to develop and deliver an engineering design in the form of a project.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course, but algebra and physics are recommended.


Course Information

  • Course Code: CEEN0801
  • Length: 2 weeks

Program Information

Summer@Brown for English Language Learners

A select group of non-credit courses in the liberal arts and sciences supplemented with English language learning, two weeks long, taught on Brown’s campus. For University-bound English language learners completing grades 9-12 by June 2019.

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