BME301_Spring09_Syllabus - BME301WorldHealth&Biotechnology...

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Dept. of Biomedical Engineering Unique No. 13835 University of Texas at Austin Spring 2009 Professor: Dr. Christine E. Schmidt Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering BME 4.202I, 471-1690 [email protected] Office Hours: T 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM BME 4.202I W 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BME 4.202I or by appointment Teaching Assistant: Leandro (Leo) Forciniti Office/Phone BME 4.410, 471-1986 Office Hours M 2:30 - 3:30 PM TH 12:00 - 1:00 PM or by appointment E-mail [email protected] Class Hours/Location: Unique Number Class Days Class Hours Class Location 13835 TTH 12:30 – 2:00 PM CBA 4.328 Prerequisites: None. Text (required): "Essentials of Global Health" by Richard Skolnik Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2008, ISBN # 978-0-7637-3421-3 Black Board: Blackboard will be used to post all class materials Grading System: • Homework* 15% • Quizzes* 10% • Three In-Class Exams** 45% • Team Project Written Report 20% • Team Project Oral Report 10% 100% *drop lowest HW and quiz grade; **lowest exam counts 5%, other two count 20% each Note: There is no final exam for this course; the project is in lieu of a final exam. Final course grades will be assigned according to the "gap system". In other words, the final grade distribution for all students will be plotted and cut-offs for grades will be determined based on breaks in the distribution. Thus, a student’s performance in the class is measured relative to the performance of the remainder of the class. If exam and final exam class averages are significantly different from each other, then a student’s performance on a given exam will be relative to the class average for that particular exam. Students with a 90+ course average will receive an A, an 80+ average will receive at least a B, 70+ at least a C, and a 60+ at least a D. For students whose final course scores are borderline between two letter grades, the higher or lower grade will be selected based on participation in class, visits in office hours, and whether quiz and exam performance has improved or declined during the semester.
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BME 301,  Spring 2009 C. Schmidt ,   p. 2 Course Objectives: This course provides an overview of global health concerns and how technological advances can improve human health. We will compare and contrast health concerns and technology advances for different parts of the world, including developed and developing countries. We will also consider legal and ethical issues associated with developing new medical technologies. During the semester, we will examine a number of diseases and healthcare issues and technologies. The course stresses active learning with interactive and group activities. The course is organized in parallel to the textbook: - Principles, Measurements, and the Health-Development Link - Cross-Cutting Global Health Themes - The Burden of Disease - Working Together to Improve Global Health Course Resources: In addition to the required textbook, lecture notes and other articles and handouts will be distributed via
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