Course Catalog


Laurea (1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process) IN BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

Academic Year 2008/09

First established in this format in the A.Y. 2004/05

First School of Engineering

Course Website


Campus: TORINO

Degree class 10: INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING

Referente del corso:
BALESTRA GABRIELLA
gabriella.balestra@polito.it
011/5644136


Taught in Italian

The first year is also offered in English Language


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Duration and location

Duration: 3 years
Location: Torino - C.so Duca degli Abruzzi, 24
Secretariat: Southern Secretariat

Professional profile

A graduate in Biomedical engineering manages biomedical instruments; the developement and adaptation of prothesis; technical support for selling, design, production and functional evaluation of instrumentation, devices and medical systems, natural and aritficial materials, tissues, apparatus; biomaterials. By the end of the Master of Science (Laurea specialistica) he/she can be employed in bioengineering field.
Qualifying aspects
Technologically advanced biomedical instruments can give a great support to the doctor and to his/her activities. Since the instruments are becoming more and more complex, doctors require a specialized assistance. The biomedical engineer is able to manage this kind of activity both in sanitary structures and in firms working in this field.
Furthermore people "want to be healthy" because the duration and the quality of life is growing. All these elements explain why the biomedical engineer is a hot comodity, according to international studies.
Job opportunities
The biomedical engineer can be employed in public and private sanitary structures, in orthopaedic shops, in industries and firms that work in this field.

Course structure

Topics
The biomedical engineer must study a lot of basic topics (mathematics, physics, chemistry, design, computer science, physiology): these are year I lectures. During the II year basic engineering topics are studied. In the last part of the II year and in the III year specific topics, such as biomaterial, biomedical instrumentation, medical computer science, etc. are studied.
Laboratories
Almost each course includes lab activities.
Further activities
Visits to firms working in this field are arranged. The Politecnico has an agreement with the Azienda Ospedaliera San Giovanni Battista, so that students can visit units and be present at surgical operation.

Final exam

The final exam consists of a public discussion of a dissertation or of a written thesis. The final assesment of the student is a combination of the average score obtained through all courses attended during his/her academic period plus the score of the final exam.

Master of Science (Laurea specialistica)

After the Bachelor (Laurea di I livello) it is possible to enter the Master of Science (Laurea specialistica)in Biomedical engineering.
The Master of Science includes a range of common interdisciplinary topics. There are two structured paths: one studies in depth aspects of bioengineering and computer science, the other includes the aspects of industrial bioengineering. Both let the student choose some free lectures in order to personalize the study course.
The most typical professional fields for graduates are planning, innovation, production and management of biomedical technology.
Graduates in Curriculum Industrial Bioengineering can design and evaluate tools, devices and medical equipment, and can design and apply natural and artificial materials. They can also study the interaction man-machine, man-working environment, important for the ergonomics.
Graduates in Curriculum Electronic and Informatic Bioengineering have skills in microsystems, in analyzing bioimages, in microsensors, in medical computer science and can deal with management, safe planning and clinical testing of biomedical instrumentation.
In some cases it is possible to get a double degree in partnership with another European university.
Graduates can be employed in biomedical and pharmaceutical field, in public and private hospitals, in specialized agencies and in research labs.

FAQ

With a degree in Biomedical Engineering is it possible to deal with Genetic Engineering? No, it is not possible, since genetic engineering is studied by geneticists and biologists. The biomedical engineer can design the instruments used by genetists.
How is it possible to integrate doctor's and engineer's competences? The biomedical engineer can speak doctor's language and he must interact with him/her for a correct use of biomedical technologies. They can also co-oparate in research field.
Does the biomedical engineer have direct contacts with patients, which use, for example, prothesis designed by him/her? Normally he/she doesn't, but it could happen in case that a prothesis must be adapted to the physical characteristics of a patient, or when a patient must learn how to use an instrument.
Why topics such as medicine or biology are not studied? Because the knowledge needed to intercat with the world of medicine are given by one single course (elements of anatomy), and by specific lectures.