Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering

Degree Level



Biomedical Engineering


Kim, Michelle

Committee Member/Reader

Wolchok, Jeffrey

Committee Member/Second Reader

Quinn, Kyle


This study was done with the objective of determining if students in the biomedical engineering department at the University of Arkansas would gain better understanding of basic biomechanics principles through the implementation of in-class demonstrations. Biomechanics was chosen because it is the first class taken in sequence after the “Introduction to Biomedical Engineering” class. A pre-demonstration survey was administered to gauge how comfortable the students were with the topics on the syllabus. Two demonstrations were done in class and related homework was assigned. The post-semester survey was administered and collected to determine how effective the students felt the presentations to be in regards to the class. Over 50% of the students ranked both demonstrations as either a 4 or 5 on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being very helpful and 1 being not helpful. Both presentations also ranked over 61% with a score of either a 4 or a 5 in the area of understanding real life applications of the biomechanics principles. These results show the power, importance, and significance of demonstrations and hands-on learning early in college coursework.