Reviews for course code BME (Biomedical Engineering)

BME 553: Rehabilitation Engineering: Assisted Movement after Injury (2017)

Difficulty: 2.5/5 (compared to other 4th year classes)

Course Work: 2 x Midterm Exam (20% each), Project (20% paper and 5% presentation), Final Exam (35%)

Instructor: Marilee Stephens

Review: Neuroscience students should not be intimidated by the “Biomedical Engineering” or the course number – this course is very much catered for students interested in human physiology and rehabilitation. Though engineering perspectives are used while examining technologies, these perspectives are very accessible to those who think about clinical approaches in general, since the course content is focused around how the technology applies to clinical populations. The neuroscience/neurophysiology content can also be very engaging, and overlaps with content covered in PHYSL 372. If you’ve ever wondered about technologies like DBS or FES, which are often just glossed over in traditional neuroscience courses covering therapeutic approaches, then you’ll find this course very interesting. The physiology and anatomy covered in the course is also at the “surface level” for the most part.  The seminars are essentially just lab tours that use and develop the technologies and concepts presented in class. Dr. Stephens is extremely personable, helpful and is always willing to take the step back and clarify any course content, and generally wishes her students to engage with the field rather than just memorize information. By not having a supplementary textbook, she keeps up with both research and clinical perspectives on many levels! The only demanding portion of the course is the term paper, which may prove difficult for a fourth-year student already occupied with a research project. Topics include: wheelchair development, biomechanics, neural control (normal and pathological), prosthetic devices and rehabilitation techniques for sensorimotor conditions.