New designs on teaching biological engineering

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The field of biological engineering has evolved tremendously in recent years due to advances in both fundamental understanding of biological systems and in application of engineering methods to utilize this information. To be competitive in the field, graduates of biological engineering programs must have a diverse background which not only is grounded in engineering fundamentals, but also mindful of biological advances. Such requirements of new professionals bring continuing demands on how biological engineering should be taught. At The University of Arizona, the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE) Department has revised its course offerings in the biological engineering area. This presentation will discuss how two courses have been revised to integrate: use of the internet, discussions of recent technological advances, design projects, and laboratory exercises. After several years of poorly-received use of the internet, an improved approach was developed resulting in nearly all students making use of the information on a more than weekly basis. Students responded positively to these changes and performed well compared to students in previous offerings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11043-11047
Number of pages5
JournalASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes
Event2002 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Vive L'ingenieur - Montreal, Que., Canada
Duration: Jun 16 2002Jun 19 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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