Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Biomedical Engineering Design I

BME 49100 / 3 Cr.

BME 49100 prepares students for engineering practice through a major design experience, encompassing conceptualization, requirements generation, and system and detailed design. Essential design constraints will be reviewed and applied including: safety, economic, and manufacturability. The course encompasses lectures, case studies, team formation, project assignments and generation of initial design.


TBD. Both electronic and printed handouts will also be distributed throughout the semester.


This two-semester sequence (BME 49100-49200) provides real-life experience of engineering problem solving in a group setting, from identification, planning and design, and testing, culminating in the second semester in an official project presentation. In addition to hands-on design work, students will gain exposure to the phases of a project development cycle; to the written and oral communication tools and techniques necessary for team project design and for the review process; and to realistic design constraints, including regulatory constraints specific to the design of medical devices (e.g. FDA approval). The first semester focuses on initial project design and prototyping in a team environment. Lectures will explore the design process using case studies from industry as well as practical information about working effectively on a design team.


Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Identify and formulate the design problem, including bringing precision to the problem statement through a requirements specification.
  • Use critical thinking in the design process.
  • Conduct design using an organized design process, including planning, literature search, requirements specification, consideration of alternative approaches, determination of strategies, and design reviews.
  • Conduct design using design principles.
  • Apply engineering principles, mathematics, and science in engineering design, including methods, tools and techniques.
  • Apply technical knowledge to design, including methods, tools and techniques.
  • Analyze and interpret data.
  • Apply analytical tools and techniques to solve a design problem at the interface of engineering and biology.
  • Function effectively on a multi-disciplinary team through mutual support, consensus seeking, cooperation, and sharing responsibility.
  • Write a progress report, adhering to the specified format using an appropriate writing style, grammar, and spelling.
  • Introduction
  • The Design Process
  • Design Methodology
  • Innovation
  • Case studies
  • Team Dynamics
  • Formation of teams and team building
  • Group Design Example – start to finish (will be a relatively simple exercise to take the students through the process)
  • Project assignment and brainstorming activity
  • Concepts review
  • Monthly Progress reports
  • Reliability
  • Design Reviews
  • Manufacturability
Course Scheduling

One hour of class time each week will be devoted to lecture topics. It is expected that teams will also schedule lab time outside of class to work on the design project. Students should expect to spend about 5 hours/week on the project.