BME 200: Introduction to Biomedical Engineering

Lectures: 9:30–10:20 TR, Zoom
Office: Zoom
Office hours: Check my calendar and email me,, for an appointment.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Choose an emphasis area within the biomedical engineering curriculum
  • Perform simple statistical analyses
  • Use MATLAB to solve biomedical engineering problems
  • Use MATLAB to analyze and plot biomedical data
  • Perform engineering analyses of biomedical systems

General Information

If you have questions solving homework problems, studying for exams, etc., send me an email with the question. I will respond to all students, “A student asked the following question…” so you will not be identified.


Homework is due at the beginning of class on the due date.

Homework is assigned to help you practice applying the principles you learn in class. Late homework will receive a maximum grade of 50%. After 24 hours, late HW will receive a grade of 0%.

In-class work

I may occasionally give in-class work to help you learn the material. This may be paper-based or electronic, and it may be graded.


Final Exam: 8:00 AM Monday, Nov. 23

Exams missed with certified medical excuses or prior instructor approval will be dealt with individually.

General Rules

  1. Turn your video on but mute your microphone.
  2. You should be dressed and sitting upright.
  3. Communication is important. Ask questions in class using the chat or raise your hand. Email me if you have questions/issues and I will respond as soon as I can.


The final course grade comprises:

In-class Work
Exams 40%
Final 20%
Project 20%

Final grades will be assigned based on the following scale:

Percentage Letter
>=93 A
92–90 A-
89–87 B+
86–83 B
82–80 B-
79–77 C+
76–73 C
72–70 C-
69–67 D+
66–63 D
62–60 D-
<60 F

Course Schedule

Lesson Date Topic HW Handouts
1 Aug 25 Introduction HW 1 due 8-27 Slides
2 Aug 27 Intro to Matlab HW 2 due 9-1
3 Sep 01 Mass Balances Notes
4 Sep 03 Mass Balances HW 3 due 9-10 Notes
5 Sep 08 Mass Balances Notes
6 Sep 10 Bioinstrumentation Notes
7 Sep 15 Bioinstrumentation HW 4 due 9-20 Notes
8 Sep 17 Dr. Reinemann
9 Sep 22 Exam 1
10 Sep 24 Bioinformatics Notes
11 Sep 29 Bioinformatics
12 Oct 01 Dr. Pavel HW 5 due 10-8
13 Oct 06 Bioimaging Notes
14 Oct 08 Bioimaging HW 6 due 10-15 Notes
15 Oct 13 Bioimaging
16 Oct 15 Biostatistics Notes
17 Oct 20 Biostatistics Paradox
18 Oct 22 Biostatistics HW 7 due 10-27 Notes
19 Oct 27 Dr. Werfel IO Exam 2
20 Oct 29 Exam 2
21 Nov 03 Solidworks tutorial
22 Nov 05 Solidworks tutorial cont’d due midnight 11-8 Notes
Getting Started
23 Nov 10 Project due midnight 11-15 Project Overview
Modeling Force
Misc Tips
24 Nov 12 Project
25 Nov 17 Review IO Exam Final

Student Organizations

  • Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) email
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (IEEE EMBS)
  • Engineers Without Borders
  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Alpha Eta Mu Beta

BME websites and services

University of Mississippi Policies

Academic integrity

Students are expected to adhere to the guidelines for academic integrity outlined in the University of Mississippi Policy for Academic Conduct and Discipline. Cases of misconduct will be addressed according to the procedures outlined in the Policy. Your signature on any submitted work implies that you have neither given nor received unauthorized aid.

Student disabilities

Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with verifiable disabilities. In order to take advantage of available accommodations, students must register with the Office of Student Disability Services at 234 Martindale, 662-915-7128.


Students are expected to attend all classes. Read the Credits and Grades Policy (ACA.AR.200.003) and the Guidelines for Class Attendance Policies (ACA.AR.200.004) for more information. If you anticipate an excused absence on a due date, please notify me so that we can agree on an alternate due date.

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