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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING DEGREE PROGRAM IN THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING SECTION IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2014-2016


Interim Dean Sharon Wood in the School of Engineering has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the School of Engineering section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016. On May 31, 2013, the faculty in the Department of Biomedical Engineering approved the changes. The faculty of the college and the dean approved the changes on August 23 and September 26, 2013, respectively. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation as being of general interest to more than one college or school (but not for submission to the General Faculty).

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on January 22, 2014, 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 UT System.

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 February 21, 2014.
Dean P. Neikirk

Dean P. Neikirk, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council


Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 7, 2014.



PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING DEGREE PROGRAM IN THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING SECTION IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2014-2016


Type of Change Academic Change
  1. 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

  2. EXPLAIN CHANGE TO DEGREE PROGRAM AND GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL CHANGE:
    A. Add requirement for portable computing device
    The Portable Computing Device (PDC) requirement has been added to ensure students have a laptop at their disposal should it be needed for individual courses. This is in line with Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering’s PDC requirement for new students.
    B. Delete technical elective statement choices.
    Students may not take technical electives across Technical Areas.
    C. Adding new required core courses (203L, 214L, 344, 245L, 349, 355, 261L) to replace senior electives.
    These two changes were done in response to student surveys, which suggested that they felt a lack of a biomedical engineering (BME) core expertise. They articulated that BME was a collection of various courses that did not reflect an engineering discipline. We reduced the number of electives from seven to four. This is more in line with the number of electives offered by other engineering departments. We have removed the designations “senior” and “technical” electives. We have included a greater number of required core classes including four laboratories, which will emphasize applied engineering principles.
    ° 203L: Current freshman design lab (102L) goes from one hour to two hours. Replaces 102L.
    ° 214L: Current sophomore level class (314) is switched from a lecture-based course to a sophomore design lab. Replaces 314.
    ° 344: Biomechanics course is currently taught as an elective. This course has been determined as "core" to the BME undergraduate curriculum and will now be required.
    ° 245L: Current first semester junior lab (221) will keep the same number of hours. But content will be changed significantly to synchronize with content in new junior-level core courses. Replaces 221.
    ° 349: Instrumentation courses are currently taught as electives, but this topic has been determined as "core" to the BME undergraduate curriculum.
    ° 355: Molecular engineering courses are not currently taught but additional faculty now allow for this to be taught as "core" to the BME undergraduate curriculum.
    ° 261 L: Current second semester junior lab (251) will keep the same number of hours, but content will be changed significantly to synchronize with the content in new junior-level core courses. Replaces 251.
    ° EE 319K: Determined superfluous with the addition of new "core" topics to BME undergraduate curriculum.
    ° Senior Electives: Greater number of required core classes emphasize applied engineering principles and replace the six credits of "senior electives".
    D. Add Career Emphases to Technical Areas 1 and 2.
    This was done to give students a greater opportunity to focus on specific skills that would be attractive to industry, while still allowing flexibility within their technical area.
    E. Add Technical Area 4, Biomechanics.
    I. Delete internship statement.
    Although these internships will still be available to students to gain valuable off campus experience in the field, students will no longer be able to seek “senior elective” credit for these experiences.  This is because the senior electives have been removed.
    II. Remove requirement for EE 319K.
    As the BME department has grown, we are now able to offer the content of the course within BME and focus on only BME-related content.
    III. Added BIO 320, BIO 326M, and PHR 338 as Technical Area 2 elective options.
    a. BIO 320 listed in the course catalog as not restricted to majors, as are other College of Natural Sciences (CNS) courses that have historically been included in Technical Area 2 on past catalogs, e.g. BIO 325, CH 320N and 220C.
    b. BIO 326M is listed in the course catalog as not restricted to majors, as are other CNS courses that have historically been included in Technical Area 2 on past catalogs, e.g. BIO 325, CH 320N and 220C.
    c. PHR 338 is listed in the course catalog as not restricted to majors, and
    IV. Add BME 362 and KIN 326K as a Technical Area 4 elective option.
    a. Add BME 362, which will be offered regularly by BME Graduate Studies Committee (GSC) member Jonathan Dingwell.
    b. KIN 326K is restricted to majors but is also taught by BME GSC member Jonathan Dingwell.
    V. Delete Organic Chemistry as a Technical Area 4 elective option.
    Remove Organic Chemistry, which will not count toward Technical Area 4 electives.
    VI. Delete EM 306 and 319 and M E 378K as Technical Area 4 elective options.
    Remove EM 306: Mechanical engineering (M E) has agreed that BME 344 will meet the requirements for EM 306 when listed as a prerequisite for upper-division M E courses.  Therefore, this course no longer needs to be included in this list for this technical area.  Remove EM 319:  EM has not explicitly agreed that BME 344 will meet the requirements for EM 319, therefore this course will be removed as a technical elective option.

  3. SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
    a. Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?
    If yes, then how?
    Yes
    b. Will students in other degree programs be impacted (are the proposed changes to courses commonly taken by students in other colleges)? No
    c. Will students from your college take courses in other colleges?
    Yes
    If 3 a, b, or c was answered with yes:
     
    1. How many students do you expect to be impacted?
    Impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:
    Person communicated with: Dr. Sach Kopp for items III. a and III. b.
    Date of communication: December 4, 2012
    Response:
    a. Professor Laura Suggs in BME confirmed with Natural Sciences Associate Dean Sacha Kopp on December 4, 2013, that the expected number of BMEs who will choose these for an elective from the list of Technical Area 2 electives should be less than twenty each year, and that CNS can support this request.
    b. Professor Laura Suggs confirmed with Natural Sciences Associate Dean Sacha Kopp on December 4, 2013, that the expected number of BMEs who will choose these for an elective from the list of Technical Area 2 electives should be less than twenty each year, and that CNS can support this request.
    Less than 20 per year.
    2. How many students do you expect to be impacted?
    Impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:
    Person communicated with: Dr. James Karboski for item III. c.
    Date of communication: December 2, 2012.
    Response:
    a. Professor Laura Suggs confirmed with Pharmacy professor James Karboski on December 2, 2013, that the expected number of BMEs who will choose this for an elective from the list of Technical Area 2 electives should be less than 10 each year, and that PHR can support this request.
    Less than 10 per year.
    3. How many students do you expect to be impacted?
    Impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:
    Person communicated with: Dr. John Bartholomew and Dr. John Dingwell for item IV. B.
    Date of communication: December 11, 2012.
    Response:
    a. Professor Laura Suggs confirmed with Kinesiology Chair Dr. John Bartholomew, and Professor Jon Dingwell on December 11, 2013, that the expected number of BMEs who will choose this for an elective of Technical Area 4 electives should be less than 5 each year, and that KIN can support this request.  Students wanting to take this course will go through the appropriate process to request registration in the class as a non-major.
    Less than 5 per year.
    d. Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum or other basic education requirements (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)?
    If yes, explain:

    If yes, undergraduate studies must be informed of the proposed changes and their response included:
    Person communicated with:  
    Date of communication:  
    Response:  
    No
    e. Will this proposal change the number of hours required for degree completion?
    If yes, explain:

    No
  4. COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
    Department approval date: Items A-E: November 15, 2012 Items I-VI: May 31, 2013
    College approval date: Items A-E: March 25, 2013 Items I-VI: August 23, 2013
    Dean approval date: Items A-E: April 8, 2013 Items I-VI: September 26, 2013

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