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Abstract: Context: Biomedical Engineering has been a dynamic, innovative and fast changing discipline allowing for the application of engineering knowledge and skills into medicine and biology. The School of Engineering at Deakin University is planning to devise a modern undergraduate curriculum in Biomedical Engineering to address the needs of the population in Victoria's western district in this time of rapidly changing technology. An important step in formulating the undergraduate curriculum in Biomedical Engineering is the investigation and analysis of existing Biomedical Engineering curricula.

Purpose: The aim of this research is to investigate the structure and content of undergraduate programs in Biomedical Engineering across several national and international universities. To ensure that a good range of information is collected, twelve national and international universities from among different university tiers are targeted. The commonality and differences among the Biomedical Engineering programs delivered in the selected universities are identified based on subjects, contact hours, and assessment methods. The outcome of the research will be used to inform the development of a new undergraduate curriculum in Biomedical Engineering at Deakin University.

Approach: The investigation is carried out in four stages: program selection, data collection, data analysis and outcome formulation. In a subject-based analysis, a list of subjects is compiled based on the content of the subjects offered by the universities. The subjects required by each university to complete the degree are then compared. In a program-based analysis, the subjects are grouped into twelve overarching program components. The number of subjects in each program component and the average percentage coverage of each program component per university are calculated. In a contacthour- based analysis, the total number of contact hours for lecture, tutorial and practical is calculated for individual subjects and program components. In an assessment-based analysis, the percentage weighting of four assessment methods is determined for individual subjects and program components.

Results: The following subjects were included in 80% of the programmes investigated: Biomechanics, Human Physiology 1, Materials 1, Mathematics A, Physics and Capstone Project. Management & Professional Skills, Mechanical, Science and Project Based Learning & Industrial Experience were program components featured most in the reviewed universities. The Mathematics component had more lecture hours, whilst the Bioelectronics component had more practical hours. The average contact hours for the Signals and Control component was the highest. Project Based Learning & Industrial Experience and Modelling and Programming had the lowest examination assessment. Signals and Control showed the highest examination assessment. The lab/project assessment of the Mathematics and Biomedical Signals components was small.

Conclusions: The main outcome of this research is the identification of cohesion in the Biomedical Engineering programs delivered in various countries. For the selection of subjects for a new Biomedical Engineering program, the subjects with higher average percentage coverage are selected first. Then, based on the objectives of the program, the remaining subjects are chosen from among the list of subjects with lower average percentage coverage. In the same manner, the contact hours and assessments are devised for each subject.

To cite this article: Kouzani, Abbas; Adams, Scott and Gibson, Ian. Analysis of biomedical engineering programs in Twelve universities [online]. In: 27th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education : AAEE 2016. Lismore, NSW: Southern Cross University, 2016: 433-440. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=683698058602729;res=IELENG> ISBN: 9780994152039. [cited 26 Jul 17].

Personal Author: Kouzani, Abbas; Adams, Scott; Gibson, Ian; Source: In: 27th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education : AAEE 2016. Lismore, NSW: Southern Cross University, 2016: 433-440. DOI: Document Type: Conference Paper ISBN: 9780994152039 Subject: Biomedical engineering--Study and teaching; Universities and colleges--Curricula; Deakin University; Project method in teaching; Undergraduates; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) School of Engineering, Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria 3216, Australia, email: kouzani@deakin.edu.au
(2) School of Engineering, Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria 3216, Australia
(3) School of Engineering, Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria 3216, Australia

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