Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering

Degree Level



Biomedical Engineering


Dr. Michelle Kim


The Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Arkansas has continued to develop over the years, with more students enrolling in the program each year. Within the first biomedical engineering course, Introduction to Biomedical Engineering, various topics are introduced to students, and the topic of bioinstrumentation has been one of the most complex and difficult topics for students to comprehend through just a few lectures. In order to aid students in grasping these intricate concepts, an active learning module was developed in which students can work in groups to build a simple thermistor circuit as a temperature sensor. The module was implemented in drill sections of the introductory course and the effectiveness of the active learning strategy as well as student learning styles were assessed. The module was further tested for reproducibility and for expansion of the module to further student’s understanding of bioinstrumentation.


bioinstrumentation, module, thermistor, Arduino, Steinhart, MATLAB