Courses in Bioengineering
This course is designed as an introductory course in biomedical engineering. The aim of this course is to present some of the basic science and human physiology knowledge used by biomedical engineers and illustrates the first steps in applying this knowledge to solve problems in human medicine. The second goal of this course is to link knowledge of basic science and engineering to fields of specialization and current research. This course also introduces the sub-specialties in biomedical engineering and through real-life examples to emphasize the types of problems biomedical engineers solve.
This is a "real world' medical device development course that focuses on identifying clinical needs, validating needs, brainstorming and concept creation. The goal of this course is to develop students' communication, interpersonal, teamwork, analytical, design and project management skills through a team-based design experience. Apart from core lectures, students will be involved in a team project in which they will be required to identify and work on selected clinical needs, and generate medical product ideas to solve the problems. Students are expected to have enrolled in Bioengineering Minor or with Engineering/Science background. Instructor's approval is required for enrollment in the course.
BIPH 2010 AND (LIFS 2010 OR LIFS 2040) AND (PHYS 1114 OR PHYS 1314)
Biological physics involves the application of physics to achieve an understanding of life processes. This is the second of the two core courses series that will prepare advanced undergraduates for research and technical work in Biological physics. It covers advanced biological physics such as molecular and cellular biological physics, photophysics, single-molecule biophysics, medical biophysics, membrane biological physics, neurobiophysics, biostatistics, biomathematics, bioinformatics, computational biology and protein engineering. At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to critically assess primary research literature written for a general scientific audience. They will also be prepared for mentored practical research investigations or professional job related to biological physics.
Selected topics of current interest not covered by existing courses. May be graded by letter, P/F, or DI/PA/F for different offerings.
Independent studies or projects under the directed guidance of a faculty member on a bioengineering topic. Enrollment in the course requires prior approval of the course instructor, and credits assigned depend on the workload. Students may repeat the course if different topics are taken. The course may be grade by letter or P/F subject to different offerings. May be graded PP.
Some knowledge of general biology concepts, equivalent to introductory biology at the undergraduate level
This course will present some of the most common ethical issues encountered in
biomedical research and biotechnology. Students will engage in active discussion to provide deeper understanding of each issue. The objective of this course is to raise awareness of the ethical issues around biomedical/bioengineering research, and encourage critical and responsible consideration of research conduct. Topics covered will fall into three categories: 1) Research integrity, 2) Applied ethics in
biological research and biotechnology, and 3) Contemporary ethical issues arisen from emerging biotechnologies. Graded P or F.
On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
Describe potential important ethical issues that biomedical researchers may face in their careers.
When presented with a case or specific scenario, identify the explicit or potential ethical issues, arguments, and perspectives arising from the case or scenario.
Critically analyze and evaluate ethical issues revolving around contemporary biomedical/life science research in a contextual manner, and form and justify their own position on these ethical issues.
Recall and describe key principles, policies, and regulations relevant to the ethical and responsible conduct of research (e.g. Nuremberg Code).
Identify administrative or other resources on campus that researchers can access to seek assistance with ethical issues they may be facing.
Communicate and present ideas to others in a clear and critical manner about complex issues, both in presentation and written format.
Engage in open and thoughtful discussions with peers on complex ethical issues.
The course introduces the basics of cell biology, molecular biology techniques, and discusses the principles of macromolecular interactions in those contexts. We will also discuss various applications of these techniques and how combined with engineering concepts, they have contributed to innovations and breakthrough tools in the world of basic research and medicine. Topics to cover include: overview of basic molecular biology and macromolecular interactions; basic biophysical structures, imaging and characterization techniques; molecular engineering; biodevices; and genomics. Active student discussion is required and students will also do a final project team presentation on a current bioengineering topic.
On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
Describe the central dogma of molecular biology, and be able to recall the various molecular components (molecules, proteins/enzymes) involved in the components of the central dogma. Describe their main physical features and select appropriate tools/techniques for characterizing them.
Explain the mechanisms and functions of basic molecular biology assays, including PCR, qPCR, gel electrophoresis, molecular cloning, protein separation and purification; be able to analyze and interpret results of above assays.
Compare different types of imaging tools, and describe their usage and importance in modern biotechnology/medicine.
Explain what a stem cell is, and compare differences between embryonic stem cells, fetal stem cells, adult stem cells, and induced pluripotent cells; recall modern applications of stem cell therapies, and explain the mechanism of action for these therapies; describe current major challenges in using stem cell therapies in the clinic.
Explain and critique recent breakthroughs in molecular biology and bioengineering fields, including those outside your research area; be able to suggest potential applications of these new technologies to a relevant clinical challenge.
Present and discuss the taught ideas and concepts with peers with clarity and evidence-based reasoning; collaborate with team mates with positive attitude and strong work ethic in a group project setting.
Bioengineering is an interdisciplinary field that integrates biological sciences, physics, chemistry, medicine and engineering. This course will provide a survey of bioengineering research areas to provide our research postgraduate students a broad appreciation of different areas. Topics are to be chosen from the following areas: bioinformatics; medical imaging and analysis; molecular, cell and tissue engineering; biomaterials and drug delivery; biochemical engineering; lab on chip and biosensors; and medical devices. The course aims to help student recognize and understand how knowledge from science and engineering interface in this interdisciplinary application.
Introduction to miniaturization & BioMEMS; Overview of microfabrication materials & techniques; microfluidic principles; miniaturized sensors & actuators for medicine and biology; micro total analysis system (µTAS) & lab-on-a-chip (LOC) for in-vitro diagnostics & drug discovery applications.
This one-credit course aims at providing research postgraduate students with basic training in teaching skills, research management, career development, and related professional skills. This course consists of a number of mini-workshops
and seminars. Some department-specific workshops/seminars will be coordinated by Bioengineering Program. Graded PP, P or F.
Seminar topics presented by students, faculty and guest speakers. Students are expected to attend regularly and demonstrate proficiency in their seminar presentation in accordance with the program requirements. Graded P or F.
Selected topics of current interest. May be repeated for credit if different topics are covered.
Master's thesis research supervised by a faculty member. A successful defense of the thesis leads to the grade Pass. No course credit is assigned.
Original and independent doctoral thesis research. A successful defense of the thesis leads to the grade Pass. No course credit is assigned.
Students may choose the elective courses from the students' chosen area of major concentration to make up the credit requirement. You can check the Program and Course Catalog or send an email to BIEN staff to get the supplementary information of restrictive bioengineering electives.
Source: Program & Course Catalog