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Pre-Requisite Courses

The BME Graduate Program requires students to have successfully passed the following courses or equivalent ("B" or 3.0 or better) prior to registration in the BME Graduate Program.

  1. Math 1210 (Linear Algebra)
  2. Math 1510 (Calculus 1)
  3. PHYS 1050 (Physics 1)

Additional pre-requisite courses such as upper-level "Mandatory" or "Research" courses may be required in your area of study/research.  Please discuss additional requirements, if any, with your Academic Advisor (supervising professor).

 

Core Courses

All BME students are required to successfully complete 6-credit hours of Core Courses and the BME Ethics course. A minimum grade of a "B" grade is required for Core courses or equivalent.

Core Courses, or Modules, allow students to obtain and develop the desired knowledge and experience background needed for their research as recommended and approved by their Academic Advisor. A variety of Core Courses/Modules are offered each Academic Term, other than Summer, allowing students to mix and match modules.

Core Courses are designed as short, intense modules allowing "Engineering" and "Life Science" students insight into each other's academic area helping to foster an individual's research in Biomedical Engineering. Core Courses do not necessarily follow the student's course of research.

 

Information regarding BME Core Courses...

Minimum Core Requirements

Credit Hours

All students must successfully complete at least

  • 6-credit hours of advisor approved Core Courses
  • BME Ethics course.

Grade Requirement

Students must earn at least a "C+" grade or higher in any Core Course or Core Course Replacement -- a grade of "B" is strongly recommended.

 

Core Course Substitutions

Core Course Substitutions

All substitution requests must be approved by your Academic Advisor and the Department.  Please use this form:  Core Exemption Form

  1. A substitution course should be similar to the Core Course for which substitution is being requested.
  2. Requests to substitute an existing Core Course for another course must be approved PRIOR to enrolment in the proposed substitution course.
  3. Approval is required from the Student's Supervisor and Department (Curriculum Chairperson).
  4. After approval is given by the Student's Supervisor for Core Substitution, fill-in the form below and email it to the Graduate Student Advisor.

 

Students with Engineering Backgrounds

Core Courses for Engineering Students

Students with Engineering backgrounds must enrol in Life Science Core Courses.

The Core Course Requirements are:

  1. BME 7012: Foundations in Physiology (2 CHr)
  2. ANAT 7014: Functional Human Anatomy (2 CHr)
  3. Any of the Core Courses listed in LIFE SCIENCE approved by the Academic Advisor (2 CHr). Click Life Science Students tab to view. 

Students with Life Science Backgrounds

Core Courses for Life Science Students

Students with Life Science backgrounds must enrol in Engineering Science Core Courses.

The Core Course Requirements available to Life Science students are:

  • BME 7022: Biomedical Instrumentation/Devices (2 CHr)
  • BME 7024: Basics of Electromagnetics (2 CHr)
  • BME 7026: Basics of Biological Signal Analysis (2 CHr)
  • BME 7028: Basics of Biomechanics (2 CHr)

Core Course Descriptions

Course outlines may change without notice. Please contact the course instructor for the latest information.

BME 7012 - Foundation in Physiology

Credit hours: 2

Course description

The goal of this course is to introduce human physiology for engineering students with no background in physiology. The course offers the foundation of function and regulation of the systems and major organs of the human body.

Course objectives

Students will become comfortable with the covered physiological systems and their functions.

Prerequisite

They will be able to derive and utilize engineering models of the covered human physiological systems. It is expected that students have completed Math 1210 (Linear Algebra), Math 1510 (Calculus 1) and PHYS 1050 (Physics 1) prior to enrol into the BME Graduate Program.

ANAT 7014 - Functional Human Anatomy

Credit hours: 2

Course description

This course introduces students to introduce human functional anatomy and is for engineering students with no background in biology or anatomy.

Course objectives

The course presents an overall human anatomy from functional view point. Pre-Requisite It is expected that students have completed Math 1210 (Linear Algebra), Math 1510 (Calculus 1) and PHYS 1050 (Physics 1) prior to enroll into the BME Graduate Program.

Course home department

Department of Human Anatomy & Cell Sciences

BME 7022 - Biomedical Instrumentation/Devices

Credit hours: 2

Course description

The goal of this course is to introduce the basics of biomedical instrumentation to students with no background in engineering. The course offers basics of electrical circuits, design of instrumentation amplifiers using EMG as an example, signal digitization and electrical safety of medical devices.

Course objectives

Students will become comfortable with utilizing medical devices for recording biological signals such as EMG, ECG, EEG or respiratory sounds. Pre-Requisite It is expected that students have completed Math 1210 (Linear Algebra), Math 1510 (Calculus 1) and PHYS 1050 (Physics 1) prior to enrolling into the BME Graduate Program.

Course home department

Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

BME 7024 - Basics of Electromagnetic

Credit hours: 2

Course description

The goal of this course is to introduce the basics of electromagnetic principles to students with no background in engineering. It will offer lectures on electrostatics, electric fields in matter, magnetostatics, electrodynamics, and Poynting's theorem.

Course objectives

Students will become familiar with the basics of electromagnetics.

Prerequisite

It is expected that students have completed Math 1210 (Linear Algebra), Math 1510 (Calculus 1) and PHYS 1050 (Physics 1) prior to enroll into the BME Graduate Program.

Course home department

Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

BME 7026 - Basics of Biological Signal Analysis

Credit hours: 2

Course description

The goal of this course is to introduce the basics of biological signal analysis to students with no background in signal processing. The course offers classification of signals and systems, stochastic nature of biological signals, Fourier Transform of signals, and power spectral analysis. The biological signals used as an example throughout the course include EMG, ECG, EEG or respiratory sounds; thus, the physiological, electrical and statistical characteristics of each signal of interest will be introduced briefly.

Course objectives

Students will become comfortable with utilizing basic signal processing techniques for analyzing biological signals such as EMG, ECG, EEG or respiratory sounds.

Prerequisite

It is expected that students have completed Math 1210 (Linear Algebra), Math 1510 (Calculus 1) and PHYS 1050 (Physics 1) prior to enroll into the BME Graduate Program.

Course home department

Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

BME 7028 - Basics of Biomechanics

Credit hours: 2

Course description

The goal of this course is to introduce the basics of biomechanics to students with no background in engineering. The course offers basics of mechanical and anatomical analysis of human movement, principles of human motor performance and motor learning and applications on rehabilitation.

Course objectives

Students will become familiar with analysis of human movement, motor performance and rehabilitation techniques.

Prerequisite

It is expected that students have completed Math 1210 (Linear Algebra), Math 1510 (Calculus 1) and PHYS 1050 (Physics 1) prior to enroll into the BME Graduate Program.

*BME 7040 - Ethics (required all students)

Credit hours: 0

Course description

The goal of this course is to introduce the ethical issues encountered in biomedical research. The course presents several actual examples and offers the fundamental ethical rules of any biomedical research.

Course objectives

Students will become familiar with ethical issues in biomedical research, and will be able to analyze research cases with challenging ethical issues. In particular, they will be able to identify real, perceived or potential conflicts of interest, plausible hazards, and strategies for eliminating or managing the issues of concern.

BME Seminars

BME Seminars bring together students and established researchers to present current research for discussion and critique.

  1. Attendance is mandatory 
    A) BME Students must attend more than 80% of the seminars within a given semester
    B) Students are allowed to miss the occasional seminar up to 20% (approximately 1.5 seminars per term). Students must inform the BME Seminar Manager prior to an absence. Permission from the BME Seminar Manager is REQUIRED at the beginning the term or prior to travel for leaves requests for class or conference conflicts.
  2. Participation is mandatory
    Graduate Students are required to present their research at least once at a BME Seminar in order to graduate
  3. Registration
    A) Do not register until you are ready to graduate. Register in either the term prior to, or, in which you will be defending your thesis. 
    B) Transcript information: All BME Graduate Students are automatically enrolled in the BME Seminar Course.

Master of Science Program

Student responsibilities

Student responsibilities

It is the responsibility of students to know their program, deadlines, regulations, advisory/advisory committee advisement/mandates. Students who miss deadlines, neglect submitting required paperwork, do not meet program goals/milestones, do not adhere to regulations (ex. plagiarism, copyrights, ethics), ignore advisory/advisory committee, and/or who are unaware of program requirements may be asked to withdraw from the BME Graduate Program.

With the approval of their Academic Advisors, Graduate Students may take up to 3-weeks off each year. Additional time-off must also be approved by the student’s Academic Advisor.

Academic advisor

Qualifications

To supervise an MSc student in the BME program, your advisor must:

  • Hold the position of core or adjunct member in BME
  • Hold at least a PhD or, with the approval of the Faculty of Graduate studies, an MD (degree with substantial research experience) 
  • Be a member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies

 

Questions? Contact your student advisor

Amy Dario
Graduate Student Advisor
Room SP-422