Biomedical Engineering: The Smart Design of Medical Implants and Devices

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July 01, 2019 - July 31, 20197/01 - 7/31OnlineOpenKaren Haberstroh
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Course Description

Are you passionate about innovative approaches to improving human health? Biomedical engineers apply principles of biology, medicine, and science, along with problem-solving skills and critical thinking, to a broad spectrum of problems, from designing regenerative medicine and new methods of drug delivery to micro-devices and gene therapy.

In this course, you will explore how the field of biomedical engineering applies math and science fundamentals to the development of replacement tissues, organs, and devices. You will:
• Formulate solutions to biologically-relevant problems
• Explore the importance of mechanical and material properties in biomedical implant designs
• Apply fundamental biology, physiology, and math principles in order to analyze the effectiveness of biomedical implants and devices
• Interpret data from experiments involving natural tissues and man-made devices in order to improve replacement implant designs
• Consider the societal implications related to the design of biomedical implants and devices

"I really enjoyed learning how to use the CAD software and using it to create a 3D model of the blood vessel I designed. I liked how we had to think differently and come up with our own ideas."
- Biomedical Engineering student, Summer 2015

Course Requirements:
Time commitment: The first week of your online course serves as the course orientation, during which you will get to know Canvas (Brown's learning management system), review course expectations and strategies for your success, learn about your instructor, and help us to learn a bit about you. These activities should take you just a few hours to complete.

The following week you will begin working with your instructor and classmates on the course itself. To be successful in this course, you must have reliable internet access, and will be expected to participate multiple times each week. Plan to spend approximately 10 hours per week on coursework.

• Computer with reliable, high-speed internet connection
• Up-to-date Internet browser supported by Canvas, Brown's learning management system
• Headphones, earbuds or speakers
• Webcam and microphone
• Adobe Flash Player browser plugin (Course elements may require Flash and will not work on an iPad.)
• Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc,.docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
• Courses can also be accessed on tablets and mobile devices. These devices can be used as supplemental access points in order to complete most coursework.

Supplementary materials: none

Prerequisites: Please note: Students who have completed Algebra 1 and Trigonometry are best prepared to participate in this course.


Course Information

  • Course Code: CEEN0915
  • Length: 4 weeks

Program Information

Summer@Brown Online

Non-credit, seminar-style courses in the liberal arts and sciences, taught fully online to students worldwide. For students completing grades 9-12 by June 2019.

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