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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING DEGREE PROGRAM IN THE COCKRELL SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING CHAPTER IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2012-2014

Dean Gregory Fenves of the Cockrell School of Engineering has filed with the Secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the Cockrell School of Engineering Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2012-2014. The faculty and the dean of the college approved the changes on April 7 and September 9, 2011, and on April 13 and September 19, 2011, respectively. The Secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school.

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on October 5, 2011, and forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty. The Faculty Council has the authority to approve this legislation on behalf of the General Faculty. The authority to grant final approval on this legislation resides with the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If an objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council.

To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by October 16, 2011.


Greninger Signature

Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The General Faculty and the Faculty Council


This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council website http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/ on October 6, 2011.




PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING DEGREE PROGRAM IN THE COCKRELL SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING CHAPTER IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2012-2014

NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S):
  BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING


IF THE ANSWER TO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IS YES, THE COLLEGE MUST CONSULT NEAL ARMSTRONG WHO WILL DETERMINE WHETHER SACS-COC APPROVAL IS NEEDED.:
• Is this a new degree program? No
• Does the program offer courses that will be taught off campus? No
• Will courses in this program be delivered electronically? No

EXPLAIN CHANGE TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
 
1. Updating the number of flags students will receive in the curriculum: one independent inquiry, one quantitative reasoning, one ethics and leadership flag, one global cultures flag, one cultural diversity in the US flag, and two writing flags.

2. We have changed the required letter grade for all courses required for the degree to a C- in accordance with the University grading policy change to plus/minus.

3. EE 422C name changed per changes in ECE catalog.

4. BME 344 Biomechanics and BME 347 Fundamentals of Biomedical Optics will be established as permanent courses.

5. EE 438 Electronic Circuits I replaced EE 422C Software Design and Implementation II as a required course in Technical Area I to better reflect the preparation deemed necessary to take subsequent elective courses and the technical training of our students.

6. EE 422C Software Design and Implementation II and BME 347 Fundamentals of Biomedical Optics have been added as Technical Area I options to provide more breadth to students in this option.

7. BIO 325 was removed as a Technical Area II requirement in a previous catalog to allow the inclusion of another BME Core Course but was not removed from the list of Technical Area requirements. This rectifies that oversight.

8. BME 344 Biomechanics added as Technical Area option for Technical Areas II and III to provide more breadth to students in this option.

9. “Senior” removed to reduce confusion regarding the “open” elective hours that students may choose from.

10. Replacing Chemistry 310M or 318M with CH 320M or CH 328M and CH 118K with CH 128K.

Indicate pages in the Undergraduate Catalog where changes will be made.

 

Pages 179-184


GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):

 
1. Implementing the course flag requirements to fulfill the University’s core curriculum requirements.

2. All courses were changed to a required C- grade to reflect the change in grading criteria used across the University with the implementation of the plus/minus system.

3. ECE changed the name of the course, we followed suit.

4. Courses have been offered with significant interest from students and strengthen areas of the curriculum.

5. Course change was made to reflect the curriculum goals of that technical area.

6. Courses were added to provide breadth of choice for students in this technical area.

7. Course was removed to rectify an oversight in previous catalog and bring the technical area in to line with the curriculum goals of the department.

8. Course was added to provide breadth of choice for students in these technical areas.

9. Verbiage was changed to eliminate confusion regarding electives within the curriculum.

10. The changes are course inventory changes proposed by the College of Natural Sciences for the 2012-2014 Undergraduate Catalog.

SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?
 

Yes


If yes, impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:
 

Person communicated with: Kim Williams, College of Natural Sciences

Date of communication: May 20, 2011


Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum or other basic education requirements (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)?

  Yes

If yes, explain:
 
We are implementing additional course flags to fulfill the core curriculum requirements for the School of Engineering.

Will this proposal change the number of required hours for degree completion? If yes, please explain.
  No

If yes, explain:
   


COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
Department:
Yes
Date: March 31, 2011
College:
Yes
Date: April 7, 2011;
September 9, 2011 (item 1)
Dean:
Yes
Date: April 13, 2011;
September 19, 2011 (item 1)

To view the edited version of the catalog changes click the PDF link at the beginning of this document.