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Paul Yager
BIOEN 481
Seattle Campus

Bioengineering Design and Capstone Principles

Teaches design principles in bioengineering and guides the development of design-based senior capstone projects. Prerequisite: BIOEN 303; BIOEN 305. Offered: Sp.

Class description

This is an undergraduate course targeted specifically at juniors in the Department of Bioengineering. There are two goals for this course: the first is to ensure that all students are affiliated with a research laboratory and launched on their senior capstone project (Bioen 482) by the end of the quarter. Students will be coached in skills needed to thrive in a research laboratory, and to accomplish their research projects efficiently. They will also be graded on tasks needed to accomplish this goal. The second aim is to instill in the students the importance of understanding the context of their work with respect to their colleagues, their peers, their society, and their world. This latter aim is accomplished through 1) reading and discussion of science fiction books that include themes related to bioengineering, 2) active monitoring of news media for bioengineering-related stories, and 3) learning about the issues related to professional activity beyond college.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Classes will be in a few different formats. The primary format will be the lecture, but students should be aware that the primary lecturer has a tendency to ask lots of non-rhetorical questions of the students. Students should come prepare to participate actively. Extensive question-and-answer sessions are expected for all guest lecturers. In addition, there will be seven formal discussions of topics based on readings of books assigned below. During these discussions, the class will break up into several “permanent” discussion groups. The professor and TA will float between these to monitor (but not lead) ongoing discussions. There is a good deal of writing in this class.

Recommended preparation

Come with an open mind.

Class assignments and grading

Varied assignments including substantial extracurricular reading and writing. The task that is the culmination of the class is the creation of the 12-page 481 Project Plan, and a 3-minute oral presentation of that plan as the final exam.

Task Points Attendance: 19 x (0.5 points) 9.5 Self-evaluation write-up 3 Active participation in reading discussions 6 Leading reading discussion session 12 News Log 6 Patent search 4.5 First Draft of Research Plan 10 Second Draft of Research Plan 25 Oral Presentation of Research Plan: 25 Total 100


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Paul Yager
Date: 03/30/2005