Biomedical Engineering 404

Biomedical Engineering Design II


Spring 2005


Instructor:             Dr. Steven A. Jones


Phone:                   257-2288

Office Hours:         TR 11:15-1:15 and MWF 12-2, Bogard 239


Course Description:

Your objective in BME 404 is to complete the design and prototype of your device and to quantitatively evaluate the design criteria for the device.  You will turn in a final report on the device that includes a description of all testing you have performed on it and the results of that testing.  In addition, you will present your device at the Senior Design Conference on Friday, May 6th.


Textbooks:  Middendorf and Engelmann, “Design of Devices and Systems,” third edition, Marcel Dekker, Inc, New York.


                    Dictionary of Statistics


Supplemental Texts: Handout material and directed readings


Time:           TR 10-11:15 AM



Attendance is mandatory and will be accounted for in your final grade. In-class exercises cannot be made up without a physician’s note or prior approval for absence. See also Louisiana Tech University Bulletin (catalog), page 21.


Grading:                A=90-100, B=80-90, C=70-80, D=60-70, F=0-60


Grading will be based on your homework assignments (20%), your final design report (30%), the quality and completeness of your log book (5%), your critiques of 3 reports by your peers (15%), critiques of your final design reports by your peers (10%) weekly progress reports (10%), and attendance (10%).


Homework:  Homework will be graded from 0 to 3, with the following meanings:


3 – The student did a reasonably thorough job on the homework set.  All problems were attempted and executed to a conclusion commensurate with the problem (Equivalent to a score of 100%, High A).

2 – The student attempted nearly all of the homework, but one or more flaws in the execution prevent the granting of a “3” (Equivalent to a score of 80%, Low B)

1 – The student showed some effort to complete the assignment, but the execution is generally wrong (Equivalent to a score of 60%, Low D)

0 – The student did not turn in the assignment or put almost no thought into the answers (Equivalent to a score of 0%, low F)


Late Homework:

Homework will be counted off 1 point for each week late, but the minimum score for a reasonably executed homework set will be a 1.  All homework is considered to be due at the end of class on its stated due date and is considered 1 week late after that time.


Late Reports

Reports and proposals should be provided to me by email.  They must be received by midnight on the due date.  Late reports will be counted off by 5% for each day late.


Quality of log book: There should be at least four things in your log book. 1) A record of daily activities on the project (both yours and your sophomore’s) 2) Summaries of important information you have learned through the literature, contacts, or other sources, 3) Your own ideas and thoughts, and 4) data that you have collected in testing your product.  Make liberal log entries.  You never know what information you will need to look up at a later time.  Use your log book as a tool.  Log books that are merely diary entries are not sufficient.


Sophomore Assistants (if applicable):

Students may be assigned one or more sophomore assistants.  Involve the sophomore as much as possible.  The student should have, at minimum, scheduled weekly meetings with the sophomore to give assignments and collect data.  Other less formal meetings are also expected.  Use your sophomore to look up literature, screen authorities for ideas, help with engineering calculations, brainstorm, and supply critiques of your writing.



Library research is necessary to a good design proposal and final report.  Ask me to order important papers by interlibrary loan.  You are expected to have at least 30 citations from refereed journal articles in your final report.


Homework Turned in by Email:

Any homework turned in by email must have the following as a subject line:


Senior Design Assignment Due <date>


For example, “Senior Design Assignment Due 4-16-04” will be the required subject line for homework 3.


Any attachments must be named as follows:


SD <your last name> Due <date>


For example “SD Johnson Due 4-16-04” would be Maria Johnson’s attachment for homework 3.


These rules are to help me keep track of your homework.  I cannot be responsible for any homework turned in that is not properly named.