Biomedical Engineering: The Smart Design of Medical Implants and Devices
This course is no longer being offered.
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.
"This class was very helpful in providing a 'taste' of a rising scientific field, and guiding students to future career paths. I really enjoyed working with kids from across the country."
- Biomedical Engineering student, Summer 2014
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Time commitment: 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.
Students will have access to this course one week before the official start date in order to complete a brief orientation.
Prerequisite: Students who have completed Algebra 1 and Trigonometry are best prepared to participate in this course; recommended prerequisite: Exploring Engineering (free course).
• Computer with internet access and browser
• Headphones or speakers
• Adobe Flash Player
• Smartphone with camera, digital camera, or scanner (some assignments require students to upload photos, sketches, or graphs to the course website)
• Word-processing tool that will allow you to save documents as either a .doc, docx, or .pdf
Supplementary materials: none
Course Fee: $885
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