Biomedical Visualization - BVIS


The information below lists courses approved in this subject area effective Spring 2015. Not all courses will necessarily be offered these terms. Please consult the Schedule of Classes for a listing of courses offered for a specific term.

500-level courses require graduate standing.

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500 Biomedical Visualization Techniques
2 hours. An introduction to methods and techniques specific to biomedical visualization, including but not limited to: illustration, 3D modeling, animation, interactive and mobile media, computer programming, gaming, haptics, augmented and virtual reality. Extensive computer use required.

502 Clinical Sciences for Biomedical Visualization
2 hours. The application of neuroanatomy, genetics, immunology, imaging, and pharmacology to Biomedical Visualization. An introduction to visual information processing, visual perception, and related technology. Previously listed as BVIS 400.

505 Visual Learning and Visual Thinking I
2 hours. Provides students with the foundation of visual thinking and learning as it applies to life science, healthcare, and medicine.

510 Anatomical Visualization
3 hours. Graphic manipulation and representation of human morphology and gross anatomy. Graphic construction skills, visual standards and conventions, data collection methods, and personal sketch style development. Previously listed as BVIS 405.

518 Computer Applications
2 hours. Using the Internet as a communication tool with emphasis on the World Wide Web: FTP, Telnet, HTML authoring, image processing, navigation and interface design. Previously listed as BVIS 415.

519 Modeling I
3 hours. Introduces the aesthetic and technical aspects of digital modeling, texturing, lighting, rendering and compositing techniques used in biomedical images and visualization. Previously listed as BVIS 540. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): BVIS 500 and BVIS 510.

520 Advanced Imaging Applications
3 hours. Instruction in advanced line imaging and visualization for patient education, editorial and product, and diagnostic image interpretation. Prerequisite(s): BVIS 522 and BVIS 540.

522 Illustration Techniques
3 hours. Introduction to line, continuous tone and color rendering techniques. Digital image creation and manipulation, color theory and design, print and electronic publication issues. Previously listed as BVIS 420. Prerequisite(s): BVIS 510 Anatomical Visualization.

525 Animation and Multimedia
4 hours. Production experiences in selected biomedical communications specialties such as electronic print media, multimedia, animation, and web site design. Prerequisite(s): BVIS 542.

530 Surgical Illustration
4 hours. Students attend surgery, research surgical procedures and prepare illustrations for educational and commercial use. Students integrate knowledge of instructional design, anatomy, graphic design, and illustration techniques. Prerequisite(s): ANAT 441 and BVIS 522 and BVIS 528 and BVIS 535 and BVIS 552.

532 Introduction to Anaplastology & Prosthesis Fabrication
2 hours. Introduces the fundamental technical process of prosthesis fabrication. Design, mold-making and color concepts will be addressed. Prerequisite(s): ANAT 441 and consent of the instructor. Recommended background: BVIS graduate students with an interest in anaplastology. Course may be audited with permission of the instructor.

535 Instructional Design
2 hours. Instructional design process for print, web and multimedia development in the health sciences. Emphasis on theory in communication, learning, and the instructional design process. Previously listed as BVIS 440.

541 Animation I
2 hours. Introduces principles of the animation production pipeline (e.g. choosing a specific target audience, script, storyboard, audio, motion, lighting, rendering, compositing). Previously listed as BVIS 545. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): BVIS 518 and BVIS 535. Recommended background: BVIS 500.

542 Computer Animation
4 hours. Investigates principles of motion using computer animation techniques to solve contemporary problems in medical education and communication where motion can effectively be used. Involves production from concept to final presentation. Prerequisite(s): BVIS 518 and BVIS 540.

543 Computer Animation II
4 hours. Builds on concepts introduced in BVIS 542 Computer Animation. Further investigation of motion using computer animation techniques to solve contemporary problems in medical education and communication where motion can effectively be used. Prerequisite(s): BVIS 542.

546 Virtual Reality and Stereography in Biomedical Visualization
2 hours. Introduction to 3D perception; digital 3D model creation; 3D presentation methods; computer configuration for 3D display; virtual reality in medicine.

552 Graphic Design
2 hours. Core concepts of graphic design in relation to the health sciences. Previously listed as BVIS 450. Extensive computer use required.

554 Techniques and Technology in Anaplastology
2 hours. Hands-on laboratory experience with prosthetic materials, design techniques and technology. Emphasis on digital technology and technique selection; health and safety issues related to laboratory equipment and clinical procedures. Prerequisite(s): ANAT 441.

555 Clinical Anaplastology
4 hours. Clinical course applying knowledge, techniques and materials in prosthetic rehabilitation including osseointegration. Provision of facial/somato prosthetic services in a clinical setting requiring direct interaction with patients with disfigurements. Prerequisite(s): ANAT 441 and and BVIS 554 or consent of the instructor.

560 Molecular Pharmacology for Biomedical Visualization
3 hours. Foundation in molecular pharmacology with advanced research and visual communication skills to solve scientific communication problems for all audiences: scientist, investor, business and medical professional. Extensive computer use required.

562 Advanced Graphic Design
3 hours. Advanced concepts of graphic design communication including symbolic graphic translation, logo mark design with a focus on concept development, and branding for the health sciences. Previously listed as BVIS 515. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): BVIS 552.

575 Business Practices
2 hours. Business procedures and organizational structures associated with the role of biomedical visualization professionals in institutional, freelance, and small business settings. Topics include business forms and procedures to legal and ethical issues. Previously listed as BVIS 480.

580 Practicum in Biomedical Visualization
1 TO 12 hours. Field experience under supervision of a professional expert in a biomedical communication setting that is consistent with student's area of concentration and career goals. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

594 Special Topics in Biomedical Visualization
1 TO 4 hours. An in depth study of a biomedical visualization topic of importance selected by the faculty. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

595 Seminar in Biomedical Visualization
1 hours. Topics of current interest in biomedical visualization. Includes discussion of relevant journal articles and important new developments in the field. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated.

596 Independent Study
1 TO 4 hours. For graduate students who wish to pursue independent study of special problems in the student's area of interest not related to their project/thesis research. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and consent of the instructor.

597 Project Research
0 TO 4 hours. Independent investigation that draws upon the professional experience and knowledge synthesis of the student. Students investigate a topic/problem in their field, document a visualization project or write a paper, and deliver an oral presentation. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 499 and BHIS 500; and consent of the instructor.

598 Research in Biomedical Visualization
0 TO 16 hours. Independent research in biomedical visualization directed by a faculty member. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 499 and BHIS 500; and consent of instructor.


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This listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract. Every attempt is made to provide the most current and correct information. Courses listed here are subject to change without advance notice. Courses are not necessarily offered every term or year. Individual departments or units should be consulted for information regarding frequency of course offerings.