BME 100 - Introduction to Biomedical Engineering

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This is the main BME 100 homepage. It is housed outside of the Blackboard system to permit public access. For private class information (e.g. grades) please visit BME 100 Blackboard page (students only). The course is taught by Dr. James Andrew Smith.


This course will deal with the terminology of the medical profession; anatomy and physiology of the human body, from overall system and functional approaches; survey of present-day medical measurements and consideration of those areas in which engineering may be applied advantageously to medicine. The course will also include seminars from guest speakers from the biomedical profession. Exposure to medical equipment in hospitals, and small animal handling training will also be provided. Bioethics will also be covered in the course.

Here is the course outline (updated for 2013).

Format of the Course

Because Biomedical Engineering is so diverse we willl have a wide range of discussions and talks in class. Students will get the chance to express their views on particular Biomedical Engineering topics in class and through a variety of end-of-semester projects. These projects will be presented prior to the final exam period.

Schedule and Homework
Tutorial Schedule
Marking Guides, Templates & Checklists
Project Concept Tweet
One-Page Draft
  • Due date, Marking guide, checklist, coversheet are all contained in the Homework and Tutorial Guide
  • Cover Sheet (Word doc)
  • IEEE Templates
    • Visual Guide to the Template. Confused about the template? Download this to have a visual tour of it.
    • Literature Survey one-page draft template (Word Doc.)
    • Position Paper one-page draft template (Word Doc.)
    • Hands-on one-page draft template (Word Doc.)
Final Project
Due date: Last day of classes at 11:59pm on Blackboard (Friday, April 12). The final project consists of a four page document for Literature Survey and Position Paper projects, and a three page document for Hands-on projects. Posters need to be made by Position paper and hands-on students. A multimedia presentation will be given by Literature survey students. All presentations (multimedia and poster) will be done during the tutorials. Include your (1) writeup, (2) your presentation checklist, (3) your writeup checklist and (4) your blank marking guide as a single PDF in your submission on Friday, April 12.

Writing Tools

Students will work on end-of-semester projects throughout the semester.

Articles written in BME 100 must follow an official template. We have chosen the standard IEEE format since it is the single most likely format you will encounter in your professional career. Download one of the templates listed below. (Note: some projects require sightly modified templates, as discussed in class.)

  1. English difficulties: if you have trouble writing in English, Ryerson University has services to help you. Please visit the Writing Centre for more information.
  2. The official IEEE Style Manual. These are the guidelines for basic structuring of your article. [Original]
  3. Bibliographies are to be made using the Chicago Citation Style.
  4. You will be required to follow the IEEE article template (PDF Example). Templates: Microsoft Word templates, listed above will be used by most students. You may also use LaTeX (for "technically-minded" students; refer to the Guide for details.). You can use either template as they both look the same. See IEEE Author Digital Toolbox Homepage for more information.
  5. Refworks is a tool for managing bibliographic citations (i.e. the "Reference" section of your paper).
  6. For those of you working on posters as part of your project, here is a guide. Colin Purrington at Swarthmore College has written a really good guide to posters, as well. His site includes a good template. There is also a BME 100 poster template (PowerPoint format).
  7. Official Ryerson PowerPoint Templates are available. Included on that page are tutorials on how to make PowerPoint presentations.
Citation Standard

Citation Standard (updated May 2010). You must follow this standard for your citations. Updates may be made to this document, and announcements will be made to this effect.

Biomedical Engineering Websites

Biomedical Engineering is a very active domain with many societies and groups. Here is a partial list of some of the more general groups.

  1. The Clinical Engineering Society of Ontario (CESO)
  2. The IEEE Toronto Section (general electrical engineering society, with strong BME streak)
  3. The Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)The Canadian Medical and Biomedical Engineering Society (CMBS)
  4. Canadian Society of Biomechanics
  5. The Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine
  6. Brilliant Biomed, a general interest Biomedical Engineering website.

Recommended Texts
  1. Introduction to Biomedical Engineering, Second Edition; by John Enderle, Susan M. Blanchard, Joseph Bronzino. While the course does not have a required text, this book is the best overview we have found to date. For students who wish to have a well-written general biomedical engineering text that they can refer during and after their studies, this is the one to get. It is also available on "reserve" at the Ryerson Library.

Reference Websites

When researching your end-of-semester project, you should make use of the high-quality academic databases that Ryerson University subscribes to. In addition to the resources that will be discussed in class, here is a list of top sites:

Watch out! Many journals require subscriptions and can only be accessed from the Ryerson campus. Luckily, the Library allows you to access them from home. Read the instructions at the Library's webpage for details.

  1. Ryerson University Library's Articles and Indexes.
  2. The IEEE hosts a searchable database of conference and journal papers: Xplore database
    • IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering and Biomechanics
    • IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
    • IEEE Transactions on Rehabilitation Engineering
  3. PubMed is one of the most popular search engines for biomedical topics
  4. Google Scholar has all of the power and simplicity of Google, but is tuned to look for academic texts. Look for the "Find it at Ryerson" icons that show up beside items of interest.\

For journals that are not available at Ryerson, you can head over to the library at the U. of Toronto and try your luck there.

Consultation Hours

Student consultation hours are as follows:

  • To be determined by poll on Blackboard.
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