Core Courses

Students in the Biomedical Engineering program will take two mandatory core courses.

Topics in Biomedical Engineering (CBME 801)

Course Coordinator (2016-2017): Dr. Claire Davies

Many Biomedical Engineering graduate students' programs are heavily skewed towards the technical skills required to do biomedical research, including mathematical methods, theoretical modeling and experimental procedures. Because of this bias, Biomedical Engineering research tends to be poorly planned and presented. The overall aim of this course is to have students learn how to propose and plan scientific research a priori, including using statistical methods to design experiments and develop skills for writing journal articles and research proposals, presenting scientific data and giving scientific talks.

The goals of course are to:

  • help each student to think critically about the research questions of his/her thesis project and to learn how to put these questions in proper context with respect to their discipline
  • introduce students to the process of experimental planning
  • help students develop an appreciation for the components of a clear, well-organized and well reasoned research proposal and journal article and
  • help students to prepare collected data for presentation at a scientific conference.

Calendar Description

This course covers the skills needed to plan and present Biomedical Engineering research. Topics include hypothesis and research question generation, literature reviews, statistical methods to design experiments, proposal writing, data presentation and interpretation, information design, scientific speaking and article writing. Instructors: Biomedical Engineering faculty.

Biomedical Engineering Seminar Series (CBME 802)

Series Coordinator (2016-2017): Dr. Lindsay Fitzpatrick

The objective of this course is to expose Biomedical Engineering students to the different areas of Biomedical Engineering research and practice, providing a shared learning experience to link students from each of the departments participating in the Biomedical Engineering Program. An additional objective is to provide opportunities to develop and refine presentation skills, the ability to give and receive constructive criticism, and to pose and respond to questions.

The course will emphasize the broad scope and interdisciplinary nature of Biomedical Engineering research and practice, through the preparation, delivery and audience participation in oral presentations.

The CBME 802 Seminar Series schedule can be found here.

Calendar Description

Illustrate all areas of Biomedical Engineering research and practice; emphasis on breadth and interdisciplinary aspects; preparation, delivery and audience participation in oral presentations; the course links students from departments participating in the Collaborative Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering; opportunities are provided to develop and refine presentation skills, to give and receive constructive criticism, and to pose and respond to questions. Instructors: Biomedical Engineering faculty.