At the end of this course, you can (Bloom’s level):
- Identify competences and key aspects of the biomedical engineering discipline in the work of a biomedical engineering professional (understand, apply) and reflect on his/her own biomedical engineering expertise and professional development (analyze, evaluate).
- Analyze a healthcare problem and evaluate the potential impact of healthcare technology (analyze).
- Discuss models and concepts that are formulated to guide or control technology development processes (understand), indicate these in recent steps of present technology research (apply, analyze) and express a motivated opinion on their merits and feasibility (evaluate).
- Discuss (understand), recognize (apply) obstructing facilitating factors that (1) determine how results from techology research are successfully transferred to stakeholders involved in product development and (2) determine how technology enabled innovations diffuse into the healthcare practice.
- Propose technology research for developing new concepts toward new solutions beyond the present state of the art, including a technology transfer plan (create).
- Critically evaluate the quality of proposed research on scientific and translation aspects, as well as impact on society (evaluate).
This course is offered at the beginning of the Master Biomedical Engineering (BME) and is primarily designed for students of the Master Biomedical Engineering. The aim of biomedical engineering is to provide technological solutions for health care problems, for example for the support of human functions which are impaired by trauma or disease. As a biomedical engineer, you will be actively involved in technology research for advancing new ideas, concepts or intermediate results on the translation chain towards innovation of clinical practice and commercial exploitation. The overall goal of this course is to outline the identity of the biomedical engineering discipline and to generate awareness of key aspects of biomedical engineering by focusing on the key roles of the biomedical engineer in:
- Healthcare Innovation – Biomedical engineers analyze today’s healthcare problems to recognize technological limitations and to envision the potential impact of new technology.
- Technology Research – Biomedical engineers develop new concepts, tools and skills for measuring, analysis, modeling or controlling of quantities, or realization of materials.
- Technology Transfer – Biomedical engineers synthesize new technological concepts and stake-holders interests into validated and innovative solutions for health care problems.
In this course you will learn through active engagement in online and face-to-face learning activities aiming at your professional development, especially your competences in meeting societal challenges, ensuring impact of your ideas and work, and communication and collaboration with fellow professionals and stakeholders. You will be challenged to connect insights acquired from several course materials to the practice of research presently performed at the TechMed institute and to reflect on your own professional development. Achievement of the learning goals is evaluated by assessment of an individual portfolio in which you document and reflect on your learning outcomes. Your individual mark will be supplemented by a mark which is based on the outcome of group work: your ranking in the grant competition.