MS in Biomedical Engineering

By Decree # 677/2007, AUST has been authorized to establish new faculties and offer new majors. As such, the prospective MS degree in Biomedical Engineering, as a stand alone major, will be offered as soon as AUST receives the approval of and the permission from the Lebanese Directorate General of Higher Education.


Biomedical Engineering is a multidisciplinary field that requires expertise from many different areas of engineering. It is also a fast growing industry in the world. Biomedical engineers apply their advanced engineering technology to solve clinical problems so as to enhance the quality of the overall healthcare services. In Lebanon, biomedical engineers are employed in hospitals, universities and research institutes, establishing new clinical procedures and guidelines. Research activities in advancing healthcare services are also a major part of biomedical engineers’ endeavor. Some biomedical engineers are also appointed as technical advisors for healthcare companies for they provide the important link between medical sciences and engineering technology. This graduate program is specifically designed for engineers, scientists, researchers, physicians and other related professionals who are interest in pursuing a career in life sciences and healthcare.

 

 
 
TOTAL REQUIRED CREDITS FOR GRADUATION (39 credits)
CORE REQUIREMENTS (12 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
BME 500 Orthopaedic Biomechanics Consent of Advisor
3
BME 520 Biomaterials Consent of Advisor
3
BME 530 Biomedical Instrumentation Consent of Advisor
3
BME 540 Principles & Mathematical Modeling of Physiological Systems Consent of Advisor
3
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS (6 Credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
BME 599 MS Thesis Consent of Advisor
6
TECHNICAL ELECTIVES - I (15 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
BME 560 Cardiovascular Engineering Consent of Advisor
3
BME 561 Life Support Engineering Consent of Advisor
3
BME 562 Biomedical Signal Processing Consent of Advisor
3
BME 563 Surgical Assistive Technology Consent of Advisor
3
BME 564 Medical Informatics and Telemedicine Consent of Advisor
3
BME 565 Rehabilitation Engineering Consent of Advisor
3
BME 566 Sports Engineering Consent of Advisor
3
BME 567 3D Medical Image Reconstruction and Visualization Consent of Advisor
3
TECHNICAL ELECTIVES - II (6 Credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
BME 570 Finite Element Analysis in Biomechanics BME 500 OR Consent of Advisor
3
BME 571 Human Factors in Biomedical Engineering Consent of Advisor
3
BME 572 Engineering Research Methodology Consent of Advisor
3
BME 573 Healthcare Systems and Management Consent of Advisor
3
Course Descriptions
BME 500
Orthopaedic Biomechanics
Introduction to biomechanics, basic concepts, terminology and anatomy. Analysis of muscle and joint loads. Musculoskeletal dynamics and locomotion. Bone mechanics. Biomechanics of musculoskeletal soft tissue, Biomechanics of upper and lower limbs and spine. Clinical applications and cases.
Prerequisite: Consent of Advisor
BME 520
Biomaterials
Review of engineering materials. Proteins. Cells. Biological materials. Manufacture, structure and properties of biomaterials. Analytical and testing techniques for biomaterials. Degradation of biomaterials. Interaction between the human body environment and biomaterials. Principles of tissue engineering. Materials for tissue engineering. Applications of tissue engineering.
Prerequisite: Consent of Advisor
BME 530
Biomedical Instrumentation
Fundamentals of Medical Instrumentation, Transducers and the Measurement of Physiological Events, Chemical Biosensors, Clinical Laboratory Instrumentation, Electrodes and Bioelectric Events, Stimulators and Stimulation, Lasers and Medical Optics, Radiant Energy Devices, Computer, Interfacing and Electrical Safety of Medical Instrumentation System.
Prerequisite: Consent of Advisor
BME 540
Principles & Mathematical Modeling of Physiological Systems
Introduction to human physiology system. Human physiology of the normal functions of cells and organs systems, the altered physiologic states of specific disease entities and human organism. Development of continuous (compartmental) and distributed-in-space-and-time mathematical models of physiological systems and molecular events. Simulation of model response, and estimation of model parameters using linear and nonlinear regression analysis.
Prerequisite: Consent of Advisor
BME 599
MS Thesis
Prerequisite: Consent of Advisor
BME 560
Cardiovascular Engineering
Outline of the physical processes and mechanisms in the circulation system of heart. Introduction to the solid and fluid mechanics and mass transport. The physiological events in the circulation and the physical mechanism. Rheology of blood and the circulation system starting with the heart.
Prerequisite: Consent of Advisor
BME 561
Life Support Engineering
Mathematics in medicine and life sciences; application of ordinary and partial differential equations. Basic concepts of the nervous system. Bioheat and biomass transfer models. Benchmarking of bioheat equation. Principles of thermal imaging and clinical implications of thermography. Mass transfer in the systemic circulation. Functional principles of artificial organs. Future directions in artificial organs.
Prerequisite: Consent of Advisor
BME 562
Biomedical Signal Processing
Introductions to the origins of biomedical signals; challenges in acquisition and interpretation; time and frequency domain representation; Filter Design and applications; Random signals and stochastic processes; parametric and nonparametric estimation of power spectral density; case studies: instrumentation, signal acquisition, analysis and interpretation in a hospital sleep diagnostic laboratory. Time-frequency and time-scale analysis of biomedical signals; case studies: signals in a hospital ICU/operating theatre. Adaptive processing of biomedical signals and applications. Emerging techniques in medical signal processing. Application case studies: EEG/EMG and evoked potentials.
Prerequisite: Consent of Advisor
BME 563
Surgical Assistive Technology
Introduction to robotics, robotics for medical interventions and surgical robots; their applications in operation theatre and roles of computers in medicine and surgery. Rapid prototyping in medicine, surgery and medical models. Medical data segmentation and computer visualization in medicine.
Prerequisite: Consent of Advisor
BME 564
Medical Informatics and Telemedicine
Introduction to Medical Informatics, Introduction to Networking, Object-Oriented Design and Modeling, Electronic Medical Records, Derivatives of a Computer Based Patient Record, Nursing Information Systems, Diagnostic Reporting Systems, Standards for Medical System, Terminology and Coding Systems in Medicine, Telemedicine, Medical Imaging, Decision Support, Bioinformatics, Ethics and Confidentiality.
Prerequisite: Consent of Advisor
BME 565
Rehabilitation Engineering
Overview of Biomedical Engineering to Rehabilitation Engineering; the design and prescription of prosthetic limbs, orthotic devices, and seating & positioning systems. Introduction to injuries, disability, human movement, kinesiology, biomechanics. Gait analysis, prosthetics, orthotics and mobility assistive technology. Improvement of performance and prevention of injuries.
Prerequisite: Consent of Advisor
BME 566
Sports Engineering
The course covers Human Functional Anatomy, Basic Biomechanics, Sports and Fitness Equipment Design, Biomechanics in Sports, Sport Management.
Prerequisite: Consent of Advisor
BME 567
3D Medical Image Reconstruction and Visualization
Anatomy's three-dimensional (3-D) information to clinical diagnosis and treatment planning. 3-D reconstruction and visualization of anatomical structures. Introduction to various imaging modalities for diagnosis: x-ray, computed-tomography (CT), magnetic resonance (MR) / functional MR (fMR), ultrasound and nuclear-medicine imaging. Principles and methods of computer system for reconstructing and presenting 3-D anatomic structures based on imaging modalities, with the focus on 3-D computer graphics technologies such as volumetric data representation, iso-surface extraction and volume rendering. Development and clinical applications of these technologies.
Prerequisite: Consent of Advisor
BME 570
Finite Element Analysis in Biomechanics
Critical reviews of finite element analysis in biomechanical research. The finite element solution method for linear, static problems. Calculation of element stiffness matrices, assembly of global stiffness matrices, exposure to various finite element solution methods, and numerical integration. Computer assignments of finite element code and commercial finite element software.
Prerequisite: BME 500 OR Consent of Advisor
BME 571
Human Factors in Biomedical Engineering
Introduction to human factors. Human capabilities and limitations, Anthropometry, Human-environment interaction, Human-machine interaction, Product and workstation design. Cognitive ergonomics, human computer interaction. Human factors in extreme environment and socio-technical perspective of human factors in design.
Prerequisite: Consent of Advisor
BME 572
Engineering Research Methodology
Preparation, planning, research sources review and data analysis. Analysis of experimental and quasi-experimental methods. Presentation of research findings.
Prerequisite: Consent of Advisor
BME 573
Healthcare Systems and Management
Health systems administration, health systems planning & development and health systems quality. Knowledge and skills needed to address the health care needs of multiple and diverse populations in health care community. Managerial skills and leadership abilities to professionals for existing career enhancement or to pursue new avenues in health care management.
Prerequisite: Consent of Advisor

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