Undergraduate Programs
BS in Computer & Communications Engineering - Minors Biomedical Engineering & Biomedical Sciences

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The Computer and Communications Engineering with Minors in Biomedical Engineering and Biomedical Sciences - B.S. program (Beirut Campus) has been officially accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, effective as of October 1, 2014.


The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET, Baltimore, MD, USA) is a non-governmental organization, recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA, Washington, DC, USA), that globally accredits post-secondary education programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. Further information is provided on ABET’s website: www.abet.org


This accreditation ascertains that the said program is commensurate with the quality standards that yield graduates who are prepared to join the global workforce.

Number of CCEB BS students enrolled at AUST (Beirut Campus)

 

 

Fall Semester 2017-2018

Undergraduate Students: 31

 

Fall Semester 2016-2017

Undergraduate Students: 38


Fall Semester 2015-2016

Undergraduate Students: 59

 

Fall Semester 2014-2015

Undergraduate Students: 58

Total Number of CCEB BS graduates from AUST (Beirut Campus) to date: 73

Number of CCEB BS graduates for Academic Year 2016-2017: 4

Number of CCEB BS graduates for Academic Year 2015-2016: 9

Number of CCEB BS graduates for Academic Year 2014-2015: 9

Number of CCEB BS graduates for Academic Year 2013-2014: 9

What is Computer and Communications Engineering?

The Computer and Communications Engineering field is a hybrid of Computer, Electrical, and Communications Engineering, and is concerned with the advancement of the science and technology virtually related to all fields of human endeavor.

 

A computer and communications engineer is involved in many aspects of software and hardware computing as well as in the simulation, design, development, and implementation of communication systems.

 

A computer and communications engineer may work in the design and programming of individual and embedded microcontrollers, personal computers, mainframes, VLSI chips, specialized circuits. She/he can also design and develop systems used for transmitting, securing, and storing all sorts of data across wired or wireless media or channels.

 

What is Biomedical Engineering?

Biomedical Engineering is currently considered amongst the most reputable fields within the global arena, and will likely be the primer for any future breakthroughs in Medicine and Biology. Current advancements in healthcare practices are being guided toward new challenging frontiers, such as functional genomics, stem-cell therapy, organ growth, tele-surgery, spinal cord repair, and artificial vision, among others.

 

According to the Whitaker Foundation (Arlington, Virginia, USA), “Biomedical engineering is a discipline that advances knowledge in engineering, biology and medicine, and improves human health through cross-disciplinary activities that integrate the engineering sciences with the biomedical sciences and clinical practice. It includes:  

1. The acquisition of new knowledge and understanding of living systems through the innovative and substantive application of experimental and analytical techniques based on the engineering sciences.  

2. The development of new devices, algorithms, processes and systems that advance biology and medicine and improve medical practice and health care delivery.”  

 

Today, the field of Biomedical Engineering, with its steadfast growth, has successfully leaped into such interesting domains as bioinformatics and computational biology; biomedical imaging and image processing; biomedical sensors and biomedical instrumentation; biomimetics and biomicroelectromechanical systems (BioMEMS); biosolid- and biofluid-mechanics; biorobotics and biomechatronics; biosystems processing and biosystems modeling; biothermodynamics; cardiovascular and pulmonary systems; clinical engineering; drug delivery and gene therapy; healthcare information technology; micro- and nano-biomedical sciences and technologies; molecular, cellular, and tissue engineering; neural and rehabilitation engineering; and, genomics and proteomics.

  

The Computer and Communications Engineering Program at AUST with Minors in Biomedical Engineering and Biomedical Sciences

The Computer and Communications Engineering Program at the American University of Science and Technology with Minors in Biomedical Engineering and Biomedical Sciences is a special program under the umbrella of Computer and Communications Engineering.


The motivation behind this program is to produce a special type of engineer who is trained as a computer and communications engineer and who is able to handle the rapid advances in science and technology, and is concurrently able to employ his/her acquired knowledge in the vital fields of Biomedical Engineering and Biomedical Sciences.


This undergraduate program (138 cr. hrs. beginning with the sophomore year) offers a B.S. degree in Computer and Communications Engineering with a Minor in Biomedical Engineering combined with another Minor in Biomedical Sciences. Hence, it is a hybrid program that integrates Computer and Communications Engineering with Biomedical Engineering and Biomedical Sciences. The program is designed to be compliant with ABET’s program criteria on Electrical, Computer, Communications, Telecommunication(s) and Similarly Named Engineering Programs as well as on Bioengineering and Biomedical and Similarly Named Engineering Programs. This degree is recognized by the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Education and by the Order of Engineers and Architects - Lebanon. It is worth noting that this program mandates that both minors are taken together.


This program embodies the understanding of theoretical knowledge and the practical skills required to design and develop modern computer hardware, software, communication systems, and biomedical systems. The main areas of instruction are in anatomy and physiology, biology, biophysics, chemistry, advanced mathematics, computers, electronics, communications, networking, control, signal processing, and instrumentation. Offered courses range from cellular and molecular biology, general and organic chemistry, quantitative physiology, biomedical systems, communication systems, computer design and programming, computer and cellular networks, to the design of specific bio-electronic and bio-control systems.

 

What are the work prospects of a Computer and Communications Engineer with Minors in Biomedical Engineering and Biomedical Sciences?

A graduate of this program may work with engineers, computer scientists, practitioners in life science and medicine, and professionals in almost any other related field. The diversity of products that reflect the design talents of a graduate of this program range from large to small computers to special purpose computing hardware and software embedded within devices and systems. The applications are relevant to telemedicine; digital sound and picture processing for e-Health; manufacturing process control biomedical instrumentation; human-machine interface and control; bio- and medical informatics; design of systems for the acquisition, processing, storage and transmission of biomedical data and signals; and, innumerable other domains.


Graduates of this program are typically employed in universities, industry, hospitals, research facilities of educational and medical institutions, and in government regulatory agencies.  Although most biomedical engineering graduates end up working in these environments, others may use their emergent education as a springboard for building careers in fields such as medicine, law, and healthcare management.


The following is a useful list of assignments and responsibility areas in biomedical engineering jobs:


1) product development and design; 2) project assignments; 3) research; 4) sales and marketing; 5) data processing; 6) teaching and training; 7) technical and general design; 8) general/business management; 9) international trade assignments; 10) consulting; 11) quality-related assignments; 12) operation and maintenance; 13) personnel administration; 14) financial administration; 15) purchasing and materials assignments; 16) patenting assignments; and, 17) production planning and management.

 

Breakdown of the BME program’s requirements

 

COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS

15 Cr.

FREE ELECTIVES

3 Cr.

MATH REQUIREMENTS

15 Cr.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

 

       CCE Requirements

34 Cr.

       Joint CCE + BME Requirements

7 Cr.

       BME Requirements

16 Cr.

       CSI  Requirements

12 Cr.

       Engineering Ethics

1 Cr.

       Senior Project

4 Cr.

       Practical Engineering Training

1 Cr.

TECHNICAL ELECTIVES

6 Cr.

BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES

24 Cr.

Total Credits

138 Cr.


BME program's Contract Sheet

 
 
TOTAL REQUIRED CREDITS FOR GRADUATION (138 credits)
COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS (15 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
CSI 201 Introduction To Computing ENG 000
3
ENG 201 Composition & Rhetoric I ENG 100 OR ENG 200 OR ENG 105
3
ENG 202 Composition & Rhetoric II ENG 201
3
ENG 205 English Communication Skills ENG 202
3
HMS 201 Active Learning & Research Methodology NONE
3
FREE ELECTIVES (3 credits)
To be selected from the Department of Social Sciences and Humanities.
MATH REQUIREMENTS (15 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
MAT 203 Calculus III MAT 102 OR MAT 202 OR PLACEMENT
3
MAT 204 Discrete Math MAT 102 OR MAT 202
3
MAT 205 Linear Algebra MAT 102 OR MAT 202
3
MAT 210 Probability & Statistics For Science MAT 102 OR MAT 202
3
MAT 225 Differential Equations MAT 203
3
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (75 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
CCE 202 Circuit Analysis II CCE 201 & MAT 203, Co. CCE202L, Co. CCE202P
3
CCE 220 Digital Systems CSI 201, Co. CCE220L
3
CCE 301 Electronics CCE 202 & CCE202L, Co. CCE301L, Co. CCE301P
3
CCE 320 Computer Organization & Microprocessors CCE 220 & CCE220L, CCE320L
3
CCE 449 Embedded Systems CCE 320 & CCE 348
3
CCE 401 Communication Systems CCE 301 & CCE 330 & MAT 210, Co. CCE401L
3
CCE 406 Digital Signal Processing CCE 330 OR CCE330B OR MTE 310 OR BME 330
3
CCE200B Introduction To Biomedical Engineering ENG 001
3
CCE201B Circuit Analysis I MAT 202, Co. CCE201BP
3
CCE201BL Circuits I Laboratory NONE
1
CCE201BP Problem Solving in Circuit Analysis NONE
0
CCE202L Circuits II Laboratory NONE
1
CCE202P Problem Solving & PSPICE Circuit Analysis II NONE
0
CCE210B Solid Mechanics ENG 001 & (MAT101 OR MAT 201)
3
CCE212B Dynamics CCE210B
3
CCE220L Digital Systems Lab CO. CCE 220
1
CCE301L Electronics Laboratory NONE
1
CCE301P Problem Solving in Electronics NONE
0
CCE317B Electrical Biophysics (CCE 201 & PSL 210 & MAT 225) OR (PSL 210 & MAT 225 & CCE201B)
3
CCE320L Computer Organization & Microprocessors Lab NONE
1
CCE330B Signals & Biosystems CCE 202 & CCE202L & MAT 225, Co. CCE330BP
3
CCE330BL MATLAB Applications in Signals & Biosystems NONE
0
CCE330BP Problem Solving Signals & Biosystems NONE
0
CCE400B Practical Biomedical Engineering Training Junior Standing
1
CCE401L Communication Systems Laboratory NONE
1
CCE405B Bio-Control Systems (MAT 205 & CCE 301 & CCE301L & CCE330B) OR (MAT 205 & CCE 301 & CCE301L & CCE 330), Co. CCE405BL
3
CCE405BL Bio-Control Systems Laboratory NONE
1
CCE 411 Digital Communication Systems CCE 401 & CCE401L, Co. CCE411L
3
CCE411L Digital Communication Lab NONE
1
CCE481B Biomedical Instrumentation & Design CCE 301 & CCE 405, Co. CCE481BL
3
CCE481BL Biomedical Instrumentation & Design Laboratory NONE
1
CCE490B Biomedical Engineering Ethics Senior Standing OR Consent of Advisor
1
CCE497B Biomedical Engineering Senior Project Proposal Consent of Advisor
1
CCE499B Biomedical Engineering Senior Project Senior Standing
3
CSI 205 Computer Programming I CSI 201 & ENG 001, Co. CSI205L
3
CSI 250 Computer Programming II CSI 205, Co. CSI250L
3
CSI 345 Computer Networks CSI 205, Co. CSI345L
3
CSI205L Programming I Lab NONE
1
CSI250L Programming II Lab NONE
1
CSI345L Computer Networks Lab NONE
1
TECHNICAL ELECTIVES (6 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
CCE301B The Human Body: Structure & Functions CCE200B & PSL 210
3
CCE310B Biomedical Materials Considerations CCE212B & PSL 210 & BCH 210
3
CCE476B Bio-Fluids Mechanics CCE212B
3
CCE483B Introduction To Magnetic Resonance Imaging Senior Standing
3
CCE485B Introduction To Optical Imaging Senior Standing
3
CCE487B Biomedical Robotics (CCE212B & CCE405B & CCE 301 & CCE 320) OR (CCE212B & CCE 405 & CCE 301 & CCE 320)
3
CCE489B Artificial Intelligence In Medicine CSI 250 & PSL 210
3
MAT 315 Numerical Methods MAT 205 & CSI 205
3
OTHER MINOR REQUIREMENTS (Biomedical Sciences) (24 credits)
CODE DESCRIPTION PREREQUISITE CR.
BCH 210 Introduction To Biochemistry CHE210B OR CHE 210
3
BIO 210 Cells & Molecules ENG 001, Co. Bio210L
3
BIO 325 Genetics: A Molecular Approach BIO 210
3
BIO210L Cells & Molecules Laboratory NONE
1
CHE201B General Chemistry ENG 001
3
CHE210B Organic Chemistry CHE201B OR CHE 201
3
PSL 210 Introduction To Physiology ENG 001, Co. PSL210L
3
PSL 319 Quantitative Physiology PSL 210, Co. PSL319L
3
PSL210L Introduction To Physiology Laboratory NONE
1
PSL319L Quantitative Physiology Laboratory NONE
1
Course Descriptions
CSI 201
Introduction To Computing
This course is an introductory non-technical survey of computer systems and a study of the social impact of computers. Topics include software, the system unit, input and output, secondary storage, communications and connectivity, the Internet, security, databases, information systems, systems analysis and design, programming and languages.
Prerequisite: ENG 000
ENG 201
Composition & Rhetoric I
This is the students' first major encounter with critical thinking, reading, and writing. Students are exposed to themes from different disciplines and are expected to discuss them, read and write about them. The essay of all its types is the writing format dealt with in the first half. A research paper, 5-10 pages in length, follows in the second half.
Prerequisite: ENG 100 OR ENG 200 OR ENG 105
ENG 202
Composition & Rhetoric II
In this course, students are expected to engage in deep critical thinking and to construct written arguments in which they decide on a controversial issue. They are helped to think of argument in terms of having an opinion, voicing it persuasively, and supporting it adequately. Hence, they will be analyzing debatable issues appearing in writing and will be introduced to the elements and structure of argument, including the Toulmin model, the rhetorical situation, the traditional categories of claims, the types of proof, logical fallacies and the Rogerian argument. Reading, critical thinking, and writing are taught as integrated processes. There will be essays for analysis, as well as essay topics for development.
Prerequisite: ENG 201
ENG 205
English Communication Skills
Students' communication competence is enhanced by learning the techniques and strategies of public speaking. No other skills are so closely tied to a student's professional success as communication skills. Using what they have learned in other English language courses, students practice and communicate, guided by the fundamental principles of public speaking, and provided with a forum for applying these principles, through a variety of instructional strategies - discussion, class workshops.
Prerequisite: ENG 202
HMS 201
Active Learning & Research Methodology

This is an introductory course that aims at bridging the gap between school and college and develops the student's skills in three areas related to active learning and research methodology. In the first area, the student is introduced to the university's rules and regulations and general guidelines. In the second area, the student hones his/her study skills, namely, developing schedules, improving concentration, developing time-saving test-taking strategies, taking good notes, improving listening and reading skills, and applying strategies to avoid test anxiety. In the third area, the student is introduced to research, armed with the theory, methodology, and techniques of the research process, starting with conceptualization and ending with report writing.

Prerequisite: NONE
MAT 203
Calculus III
This is an advanced calculus course. Contents include sequences and series, Fourier series, Lagrange multipliers, polar coordinates and their applications, functions of several variables, partial differentiation, quadratic surfaces, cylindrical, spherical, and rectangular coordinates and multiple integrals and their applications.
Prerequisite: MAT 102 OR MAT 202 OR PLACEMENT
MAT 204
Discrete Math
This is a course that deals with mathematical structures used in computer science and engineering. Contents include sets, functions and relations, graphs and diagraphs, matrices, methods of proof, quantifiers, counting principles, graphs and trees, and algorithms.
Prerequisite: MAT 102 OR MAT 202
MAT 205
Linear Algebra
This is an advanced algebra course. Contents include linear equations, Guassian elimination, matrices and determinants, vector spaces and subspaces, bases and dimensions, rank and nullity, linear independency and dependency, Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors.
Prerequisite: MAT 102 OR MAT 202
MAT 210
Probability & Statistics For Science
This is a statistics course for computer science and engineering students. Contents include random variables, laws of probability, probability distributions, expectation and variance, moment generating functions, joint distribution, independence, probability models, Chi-square test, t- and f- distributions, estimation, confidence limits, significance tests, and regression.
Prerequisite: MAT 102 OR MAT 202
MAT 225
Differential Equations
This course discusses the principles techniques and applications of differential equations needed in engineering. Contents include first-order equations, separable, exact, and linear equations, second-order differential equations, Frobenius Method, Fourier series and Laplace transforms.
Prerequisite: MAT 203
CCE 202
Circuit Analysis II
Phasors, frequency response methods, power calculations, three phase circuits, Laplace and Fourier Methods, Sinusoidal Analysis, Power Calculation, Bode Diagrams and active filters. PSPICE used extensively.
Prerequisite: CCE 201 & MAT 203, Co. CCE202L, Co. CCE202P
CCE 220
Digital Systems
Covers the following topics: Logic gates, binary number system, conversation between number systems, Boolean algebra, Karnaugh maps, combinational logic, digital logic design, flip-flops, programmable logic devices (PLDs), counters, registers, memories, state machines, designing combinational logic and state machines into PLDs and basic computer architecture.
Prerequisite: CSI 201, Co. CCE220L
CCE 301
Electronics
Introduction to electronics, semiconductor theory, pn junction, ideal Op-Amps, BJTs, FETs, DC biasing, VI characteristics, single stage amplifiers, low frequency small signal models, oscillators, filters, power supplies and voltage regulation. PSpice required.
Prerequisite: CCE 202 & CCE202L, Co. CCE301L, Co. CCE301P
CCE 320
Computer Organization & Microprocessors
Topics include: Computer structure, Central Processor Unit, Storage Units, Machine language, Introduction to 8, 16, 32 and higher microprocessors, Programming model, System Architecture and Software, Instruction sets, Addressing modes, Input - Output Protocols, Interrupt handling, RISC architecture.
Prerequisite: CCE 220 & CCE220L, CCE320L
CCE 449
Embedded Systems

In this course, the students will learn the basics of designing, interfacing, configuring, and programming embedded systems. They will make use of the Arduino platform, which is an inexpensive, popular embedded system used by hobbyists, researchers, and in industry, to implement the techniques learned in class. They will also use the Raspberry Pi and learn how to program it. In addition, an introduction to FPGA systems will be included in this course. By the end of the course, the students will have mastered the basics of embedded system design and programming.

Prerequisite: CCE 320 & CCE 348
CCE 401
Communication Systems
Fourier Transform and review of signal and system analysis, sampling theorem and Nyquist criteria for pulse shaping, signal distortion over a channel, study of digital and analog communication systems, AM, FM, PCM, DPCM, DM, line coding, signal-to-noise ratios, performance comparison of various communication systems.
Prerequisite: CCE 301 & CCE 330 & MAT 210, Co. CCE401L
CCE 406
Digital Signal Processing
Focuses on the application of linear systems theory to design and analysis of digital signal processing systems. Discrete systems, the Z transform, and discrete Fourier transform are viewed. Design of infinite impulse response filters, finite impulse response filters, and digital spectral analysis systems is presented. Computer simulation is used to study the performance of filters and spectral analysis systems. Signal processing architectures are introduced.
Prerequisite: CCE 330 OR CCE330B OR MTE 310 OR BME 330
CCE200B
Introduction To Biomedical Engineering
This is a sophomore-level course in the biomedical engineering program. It offers the student a first hand description of the principles and practices of the biomedical engineering field. After an introduction to the historical development of biomedical engineering and relevant medical terminology, students are exposed to specific topics of the biomedical engineering field. Emphasis is on the different areas of application and the major tools of solution. Course content: a historical perspective, anatomy and physiology, bioelectric phenomena, biomedical sensors, bioinstrumentation, biosignals processing, physiological modeling, biomechanics, biomaterials, tissue engineering, biotechnology, biomedical imaging, rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology, and clinical engineering.
Prerequisite: ENG 001
CCE201B
Circuit Analysis I
This course addresses the fundamentals of circuit analysis. The course presents a study of passive circuit elements, dc electric circuits, circuit laws, network theorems, time domain analysis in capacitive and inductive dc circuits, the operational amplifier, the electric transformer and concluding with an introduction to sinusoidal analysis. The course also emphasizes the importance of PSpice® (OrCAD Inc., Portland, Oregon, USA), MATLAB® (The Mathworks, Inc., Natick, MA, USA), and other circuit simulation methods with some applications.
Prerequisite: MAT 202, Co. CCE201BP
CCE201BL
Circuits I Laboratory
Laboratory experiments designed to provide students with hands on experience related to CCE 201B. Topics include: laboratory instruments and devices; electric materials; soldering techniques; simple electric and electronic circuit applications; design and implementation of PCB's; measurements; and transformers.
Prerequisite: NONE
CCE201BP
Problem Solving in Circuit Analysis
Problem Solving sessions for CCE 201 ( Circuit Analysis I)
Prerequisite: NONE
CCE202L
Circuits II Laboratory
Electronic circuits and applications involving operational amplifiers, single-phase transformer, Power Factor measuring and correcting equipment, and active and passive filters.
Prerequisite: NONE
CCE202P
Problem Solving & PSPICE Circuit Analysis II
These are supplementary problem solving sessions to accompany the CCE 202 course.
Prerequisite: NONE
CCE210B
Solid Mechanics
This is a sophomore-level course in the biomedical engineering program, which provides a clear and thorough presentation of the theory and application of the principles of engineering mechanics to rigid and deformable bodies. In the field of biomedical engineering, solid mechanics is used to describe the principles of mechanics as they relate to physiological organs and systems with a specific focus on the musculoskeletal system. The course is divided into two parts: statics and mechanics of deformable bodies. Under statics, the student will be introduced to the following topics: fundamentals; forces; equilibrium of particles; moment of forces; equilibrium of rigid bodies; first moments: centroids and centers of gravity; second moments: moments of inertia; and structures. While under the mechanics of deformable bodies, the student will be offered the following topics: stress/strain; classification of material behavior; generalized Hooke's law; engineering applications: axial loads, torsion of circular rods and tubes, bending and shear stresses in beams, deflection of beams, combined stresses, stress and strain transformation.
Prerequisite: ENG 001 & (MAT101 OR MAT 201)
CCE212B
Dynamics
This is a sophomore-level course in the biomedical engineering program. It is a basic engineering course addressing two fundamental areas of mechanics, namely kinematics and kinetics. The course provides continuity to the theory and application of the principles of engineering mechanics. In the field of biomedical engineering, dynamics describes the principles of mechanics as they relate to physiological organs and the musculoskeletal system. Additionally, it provides a launch pad for advanced areas of biomechanics, which include impact mechanics, mechanism of injuries, and human motion analysis. The course contents include the following topics: vector description of force, position, velocity and acceleration in fixed and moving reference frames; kinetics of particles, of assemblies of particles and of rigid bodies; energy and momentum concepts; Euler's equations; and moment of inertia properties.
Prerequisite: CCE210B
CCE220L
Digital Systems Lab
Experiments with gates. Properties of TTL and CMOS families. Design of combinational logic circuits. Decoders, Multiplexers, ROM's and Displays. Flip-Flop experiments and their application to designing synchronous logic circuits. Counters, adders and ALU designs.
Prerequisite: CO. CCE 220
CCE301L
Electronics Laboratory
Characteristics and applications of OP-AMPS, rectifiers, BJTs and FETs. Introduction to electronic simulation softwares. Laboratory experiments with amplifiers, oscillators, regulators and filters.
Prerequisite: NONE
CCE301P
Problem Solving in Electronics
These are supplementary problem solving sessions to accompany the CCE 301 course.
Prerequisite: NONE
CCE317B
Electrical Biophysics
This is a junior-level course in the biomedical engineering program. It addresses the fundamental concepts in electrophysiology of excitable cells from a quantitative perspective. The course covers in great detail the following topics: electrical biophysics of nerve and muscle; electrical conduction in excitable tissue; quantitative models for nerve and muscle including the Hodgkin Huxley equations; biopotential mapping, cardiac electrophysiology, and functional electrical stimulation.
Prerequisite: (CCE 201 & PSL 210 & MAT 225) OR (PSL 210 & MAT 225 & CCE201B)
CCE320L
Computer Organization & Microprocessors Lab
Assembly language programming using simple microprocessor training kits like the 8085, 8086, Z80, 68000 and others. Interfaces; programming and control of external tasks. Microprocessor hardware and interfacing with assembly language programming and interfacing exercises.
Prerequisite: NONE
CCE330B
Signals & Biosystems
This is a junior-level course in the biomedical engineering program. It addresses the fundamentals of continuous-time and discrete-time signals as applied to biological and biomedical systems. The course presents a study of linear time-invariant systems and their properties. It also offers an analysis of signals and systems using Fourier, Laplace, and Z-Transforms. The course adopts a realistic approach, custom-built for the field of biomedical engineering, through the application of signals and systems concepts and tools to biomedical signals, such as ECG, EMG, ERG and EEG.
Prerequisite: CCE 202 & CCE202L & MAT 225, Co. CCE330BP
CCE330BL
MATLAB Applications in Signals & Biosystems
These are computer Laboratory sessions designed to provide students with hands on experience related to CCE330/CCE330B using MATLAB
Prerequisite: NONE
CCE330BP
Problem Solving Signals & Biosystems
These supplementary problem solving sessions accompany the CCE330B course with a focal point on computer explorations in signals and systems using MATLAB.
Prerequisite: NONE
CCE400B
Practical Biomedical Engineering Training
This is a supervised two months full-time biomedical engineering training that should take place at a professional establishment outside the university premises. A student presents a technical report by the end of this training period, and then he/she makes a public presentation before a departmental jury exposing his/her training experience.
Prerequisite: Junior Standing
CCE401L
Communication Systems Laboratory
Experimental study of modulation and demodulation in AM, FM and digital communication systems. A/D and D/A conversion, measurement of power spectra, and noise characterization in frequency domain. Laboratory covers experiments on antennas, receivers and transmitters.
Prerequisite: NONE
CCE405B
Bio-Control Systems
This is a senior-level course in the biomedical engineering program. It addresses the fundamentals of control systems as applied to numerous engineering systems including biomedical engineering. The objectives of the course are to teach the fundamentals of control analysis and design using frequency response and state-space methods. This includes both theoretical and applied aspects of the topic. The course presents a study of the following subject matters: feedback concept, state variable description of linear control systems, block diagrams and signal flow graphs, sensitivity and disturbance analyses, steady state error analysis, stability analysis, time domain analysis, root locus, frequency domain analysis, and control system design in the time and frequency domains.
Prerequisite: (MAT 205 & CCE 301 & CCE301L & CCE330B) OR (MAT 205 & CCE 301 & CCE301L & CCE 330), Co. CCE405BL
CCE405BL
Bio-Control Systems Laboratory
Laboratory experiments designed to provide students with hands on experience related to CCE 405B.
Prerequisite: NONE
CCE 411
Digital Communication Systems
Digital Communication modulation and reception. Topics include: Digital modulation schemes, Optimum digital communication symbol detectors, Detector performance evaluation, Optimum and adaptive equalizers, Maximum likelihood sequence estimators, Spread spectrum and other modulation schemes.
Prerequisite: CCE 401 & CCE401L, Co. CCE411L
CCE411L
Digital Communication Lab
This is a laboratory course to accompany CCE 411. It covers the following objectives: to realize and test the pulse analog modulation circuits; to find the waveform at the output of each circuit; to identify the block diagrams of pulse analog modulation systems and to find the waveform at the output of each block; to realize and test the PCM and delta modulation, and to find the waveforms at the output of each block by using oscilloscope; to identify the block diagram of time division multiplexing and demultiplexing of different sampled signals; to realize and test the different types of discrete analog modulation ASK, FSK, PSK, and QPSK; to find waveforms at the output of each circuit by using the oscilloscope; to identify the block diagram of different types of discrete analog modulation ASK, FSK, PSK, and QPSK and observe through the oscilloscope the waveforms at the output of each block; and, to identify the block diagram of frequency division multiplexing and test through the oscilloscope the waveforms at the output of each block, and observe the spectrum of the multiplexed signals using the spectrum analyzer.
Prerequisite: NONE
CCE481B
Biomedical Instrumentation & Design
This is a senior-level course in the biomedical engineering program, which addresses the fundamentals of biomedical instrumentation in terms of their principles, applications, and design. The objectives of the course are to teach the following subject matters: basic concepts of medical instrumentation; basic sensors and applications; amplifiers and signal processing; the origin of biopotentials; biopotentials electrodes; biopotential amplifiers; blood pressure and sound; measurement of flow and volume of blood; measurement of the respiratory system; chemical biosensors; clinical laboratory instrumentation; medical imaging systems; therapeutic and prosthetic devices; and electrical safety.
Prerequisite: CCE 301 & CCE 405, Co. CCE481BL
CCE481BL
Biomedical Instrumentation & Design Laboratory
Laboratory experiments designed to provide students with hands on experience related to CCE 481B.
Prerequisite: NONE
CCE490B
Biomedical Engineering Ethics
This is a senior-level course in biomedical engineering, which provides an exploration, from the point of view of ethical behavior, of a number of ethical problems in the field of biomedical engineering. The course enables the students to recognize the moral aspects related to applications and experiments on human, social, environmental, and global concerns. The following subject matters are covered: a map of the terrain of ethics; the Hippocratic Oath and its challengers; defining death, abortion, and animal welfare; problems in benefiting and avoiding harm to the patient; the ethics of respect for persons; the principle of avoiding killing; death and dying; social ethics of medicine; human control of life; resolving conflicts among principles; and the virtues in bioethics.
Prerequisite: Senior Standing OR Consent of Advisor
CCE497B
Biomedical Engineering Senior Project Proposal
This is a senior-level course in biomedical engineering which provides an opportunity for the undergraduate biomedical engineering students to perform the plan needed for developing a team-oriented, goal-driven, state-of-the-art supervised senior capstone project proposal pertaining to their filed. Additionally, the course entails some aspects of design strategies, techniques, tools, and protocols encountered in biomedical engineering.
Prerequisite: Consent of Advisor
CCE499B
Biomedical Engineering Senior Project
This is a senior-level course in biomedical engineering. The course is a supervised independent capstone year project performed in groups of two to four students and aims at providing applied experience in some areas of biomedical engineering.
Prerequisite: Senior Standing
CSI 205
Computer Programming I
This course explains the basic principles of algorithmic problem solving and programming. Topics include: use of methods of top down design, stepwise refinement and procedural abstraction, basic control structures, data types, and input/output, introduction to the software development process: design, implementation, testing and documentation, and the syntax and semantics of C++ programming language C++.
Prerequisite: CSI 201 & ENG 001, Co. CSI205L
CSI 250
Computer Programming II
This course is a continuance of CSI 205. It introduces the fundamentals of computer science and software methodologies. Topics include: abstract data types, object-oriented models and methods, specifications and program composition. The course includes weekly laboratory hours that allow the students to investigate the lecture material by writing non-trivial C++ applications.
Prerequisite: CSI 205, Co. CSI250L
CSI 345
Computer Networks
This course covers both CCNA1 and CCNA2 Cisco tracks. It introduces the infrastructures of computer networks from the simplest peer-to-peer local area networks to the vastly complex metropolitan and wide area networks. Topics include: ISO sever-layer model, physical aspect of data transmission, bandwidth, connection oriented (TCP/IP), and connectionless services (UDP), internetworking using bridges, routers and programming multithread client-server applications through interfaces, sockets and Remote Procedure Calls (RPC). Students who successfully complete this course at AUST will earn the CISCO-ICND1 Academic Certificate.streaming audio, IPsec, AES, quantum cryptography, and more. Also, the course gives to the student a clear understanding about networking from underlying physical layer hardware up through today's most popular network applications.
Prerequisite: CSI 205, Co. CSI345L
CSI205L
Programming I Lab
This one credit course is taken in conjunction with CSI 205. The purpose of this course is to give students extra hands-on programming practice with guided supervision. Students will work as individuals or in pairs each week to develop working programs; grades are given at the end of each development phase.
Prerequisite: NONE
CSI250L
Programming II Lab
This one credit course is taken in conjunction with CSI 250. The purpose of this course is to give students advanced hands-on programming with guided supervision. Students will work as individuals or in pairs each week to develop working programs and applications; grades are given at the end of each development phase.
Prerequisite: NONE
CSI345L
Computer Networks Lab
The laboratory projects will complement and extend the lecture material. They are design-oriented and experimental in nature. Sample projects include: (1) implementation of a network protocol, (2) design of an elementary file transfer protocol, (3) design and analysis of a reliable transport protocol over UDP, (4) design and analysis of a distributed database over TCP/IP network, and, (5) design of a simulation model to study the characteristics of various error control strategies.
Prerequisite: NONE
CCE301B
The Human Body: Structure & Functions
This is a junior-level course in the biomedical engineering program. It is a lecture-oriented, multi-media course that highlights the basic fabric of the human body as a functioning biological organism. It consists of a blend of gross anatomy, histology, developmental anatomy and neuroanatomy that takes the human body from conception to death while dealing with organization at all levels from cells to systems, system interrelations, and key features of selected anatomical regions. The course covers the following topics: basic embryology, histology, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system, special senses, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, fluid electrolyte and acid/base balance, and reproductive systems.
Prerequisite: CCE200B & PSL 210
CCE310B
Biomedical Materials Considerations
This is a junior-level course in the biomedical engineering program, which addresses the fundamentals of materials science as applied to problems in biology, medicine, and dentistry. The course covers in large detail the following topics: Biomaterials and their physiological interactions. Materials used in medicine and dentistry: metals, polymers, ceramics, glasses, composites, hydro gels, resorbable, smart, and natural materials. Materials response/degradation: mechanical breakdown, corrosion, dissolution, leaching, chemical degradation, and wear. Host responses: foreign body reactions, inflammation, wound healing, carcinogenicity, immunogenicity, cytotoxicity, infection, and local/systemic effects. Biomaterials testing. Artificial organs and implants.
Prerequisite: CCE212B & PSL 210 & BCH 210
CCE476B
Bio-Fluids Mechanics
This is a senior-level technical elective course in the biomedical engineering program. It covers the following topics: dynamics, measurements and simulation of vascular pressure and flow in health and disease, micro-circulation, design of prosthetic flow-regulation devices, cellular energetics and body metabolism, thermal modeling and measurements, cell hyperthermia and hypothermia, design of blood heat exchangers thermal probes, cryoprobes, prosthetic mass transfer devices, medical visualization and medical image processing.
Prerequisite: CCE212B
CCE483B
Introduction To Magnetic Resonance Imaging
This is a senior-level technical elective course in the biomedical engineering program. It covers the following topics: introduction to the physics, techniques and applications of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); basics of nuclear magnetic resonance physics, spectral analysis and Fourier transforms; techniques for spatial localization; MRI hardware; applications of MRI, including magnetic resonance properties of biological tissues and contrast agents; and imaging of anatomy and function. .
Prerequisite: Senior Standing
CCE485B
Introduction To Optical Imaging
This is a senior-level technical elective course in the biomedical engineering program which highlights the importance of optical imaging as a diagnostic tool in biomedical engineering. The course first briefly summarizes the principles of optics at an introductory level. Then it discusses different optical imaging techniques. Students are also exposed to the principles of optical system design, such as paraxial matrix optics and ray tracing.
Prerequisite: Senior Standing
CCE487B
Biomedical Robotics
This is a senior-level technical elective course in the biomedical engineering program. It provides a perspective on robotics technologies applied to (and inspired by) themes of biomedical research and practice. The first part of the course addresses the foundations of robotics and biological movement control. This part will be followed by seminars on specific topics such as brain-machine interfaces, rehabilitation robotics, prosthetic devices, and robot-aided surgery. Students enrolled in this course are expected to make presentations and participate in discussions of relevant research literature. Furthermore, the students are required to work on the design and development of a term project.
Prerequisite: (CCE212B & CCE405B & CCE 301 & CCE 320) OR (CCE212B & CCE 405 & CCE 301 & CCE 320)
CCE489B
Artificial Intelligence In Medicine
This is a senior-level technical elective course in the biomedical engineering program. It introduces the student to the basic concepts of artificial intelligence (AI). Subsequently, the course will guide the student through an in-depth examination of medical applications of AI. Emphasis is on knowledge of heuristic programming; examination of classic AI programming languages (LISP and PROLOG) and AI programming; and rule-based systems and cognitive models.
Prerequisite: CSI 250 & PSL 210
MAT 315
Numerical Methods
This course discusses the numerical methods needed in computer science and computer engineering. Contents include numerical integration methods, Monte Carlo method, moment method and matrix multiplication techniques. Emphasis will be on the implementation of numerical procedures using software packages such as Mathematica, MathCAD or MatLab.
Prerequisite: MAT 205 & CSI 205
BCH 210
Introduction To Biochemistry
The objectives of the course are to offer to the student a first hand description of the principles and practices of biochemistry. Students are exposed to the basic structures of major classes of biologically important molecules and metabolic activities of major importance in living organisms.
Prerequisite: CHE210B OR CHE 210
BIO 210
Cells & Molecules
This course deals with cells and their molecules. Its main goal is to provide knowledge on the basics of the cell structure and function, with emphasis on the evolution and chemistry of the cell, membranes, organelles and cytoskeleton, cell signaling and regulation, and the flow of genetic information.
Prerequisite: ENG 001, Co. Bio210L
BIO 325
Genetics: A Molecular Approach
This is an introductory course to genetics that deals with the subject matter from a molecular emphasis and addresses recombinant DNA technology. The course covers Mendelian genetics, DNA replication, gene transcription, protein translation, chromosomal aberrations, and DNA biotechnology.
Prerequisite: BIO 210
BIO210L
Cells & Molecules Laboratory
This is a laboratory course that deals with a selection of common techniques used in cell and molecular biology. This course should provide hands-on practical applications for topics discussed in the BIO 210 course in and experimental approach.
Prerequisite: NONE
CHE201B
General Chemistry
This course deals with general chemical principles. The goal of this course is to provide knowledge on the basics of atomic structure, chemical bonds, chemical reactions, gases, solutions, reaction equilibria, with emphasis on the practical aspects of chemistry in numerous health-related situations.
Prerequisite: ENG 001
CHE210B
Organic Chemistry
This course deals with general chemical principles. The goal of this course is to provide knowledge on the basics of atomic structure, chemical bonds, chemical reactions, gases, solutions, reaction equilibria, with emphasis on the practical aspects of chemistry in numerous health-related situations.
Prerequisite: CHE201B OR CHE 201
PSL 210
Introduction To Physiology
The objective of this course is to offer to the student a general introduction into the basic aspects of physiology. The material covered in the course can be used as stand-alone, or to lead on to more detailed studies of physiology. The course takes a largely systemic approach to the study of the human body. Emphasis is on the function, regulation and integration of organs and organ systems of higher animals, emphasizing human physiology.
Prerequisite: ENG 001, Co. PSL210L
PSL 319
Quantitative Physiology
This course offers for the junior undergraduate student in biomedical engineering the learning opportunity to understand and develop competencies in medical physiology following a quantitative, research-oriented, and systems approach. The course covers in great detail the following physiological systems: cellular, neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal, and endocrine. Mathematical models are utilized in the description of system performance where applicable.
Prerequisite: PSL 210, Co. PSL319L
PSL210L
Introduction To Physiology Laboratory
This laboratory course consists of a set laboratory experiments designed to provide students with hands on experience related to PSL 210.
Prerequisite: NONE
PSL319L
Quantitative Physiology Laboratory
This laboratory course consists of a set of BIOPAC-based laboratory experiments designed to provide students with hands on experience related to PSL 319. Experiments include: electromyography, electroencephalography, electrocardiography, systemic blood pressure, the cardiac cycle and heart sounds, and pulmonary functions tests (BIOPAC is a Trademark of BIOPAC Systems, Inc., Goleta, CA, USA).
Prerequisite: NONE

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