Viewing: BME 481 : Human Factors Engineering and Quality Management Systems for Engineers

Last approved: Tue, 05 Dec 2017 09:01:29 GMT

Last edit: Tue, 05 Dec 2017 09:01:28 GMT

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BME (Biomedical Engineering)
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
Human Factors Engineering and Quality Management Systems for Engineers
Human Factors and QMS
College of Engineering
Biomedical Engineering (14BME)
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
Term Offering
Fall Only
Fall 2018
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)
Hybrid (Online/Face to Face)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
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Co-reqs: BMME 697 or BME 451
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SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
14BMEBiomedical EngineeringElective
This course is designed for biomedical engineering students who plan to work in industry. The course covers industry related topics including team work, conflict resolution, manufacturing and specifications, gap analysis, and root cause of analysis. Design topics including design of experiment, human factors, and standards and regulations relevant to the biomedical engineering profession are also covered. Lean and six sigma are taught with an option to test for a six sigma green belt if a six sigma project is completed in the following semester.


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  • Use personality type differences as an input for team role assignment

  • Self-monitor team performance, conduct conflict resolution, and use negotiation tactics

  • Define and justify specifications and acceptance criteria to designs suitable for specified

  • manufacturing processes

  • Propose methods for evaluating adherence to component specifications during mass

  • manufacturing

  • Apply appropriate statistical methods to testing data

  • Apply gap analysis to compare existing products to defined user needs

  • Use root cause analysis to evaluate sources of error in existing products and/or incorporate into

  • new product requirements

  • Design product qualification protocols using Design of Experiment (DOE) methods

  • Identify manufacturing processes that should be monitored and propose methods of control

  • Incorporate human factors (including skills and abilities) into new design product requirements

Student Learning Outcomes

Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Final Exam35Comprehensive
Other15Team Report and Evaluation
presentation15Project Presentation
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Day 1>Intro to Course>Intro to IES>Course requirements (Minitab 17,project, relation to Sr. Design project,SSGB certification, etc
Day 2>Introduction to InnovationEngineering
Day 3Introduction to Human FactorsEngineering
Day 4> Quality Management Programs o ISO 9001 o ISO 13485
Day 5>Usability & Risk AssessmentEvaluation
Day 6>Intro to Six Sigma>COPQ>Define Stage>Intro to Minitab 17>DFSS
Day 7>VOC>Core Lean>Core Lean Tools>Concept of Process>Value Stream Maps>Review for Midterm
Day 8>Mid-Term>CogTool simulation>Class project
Day 9>Intro to Measure>MSA-A>MSA-V
Day 10>FMEA>Prob & Statistics>Process Cap
Day 11>Analyze>Graphs & Root Cause>Inferential Stats>T-tests
Day 12>Correlation>Improve>Intro to DOE
Day 13>Error Proofing>Control Charts
Day 14>>Team Report and Evaluation Due>Guest Lecture – A. Amos>Project Presentations
Day 15>Review for the final>Certification Discussion
Day 16>Final Exam

aeherget (Wed, 01 Nov 2017 16:26:01 GMT): AECHH: Student Learning Outcomes not changing from last approved. 11/1/2017.
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