Biomedical Instrumentation module (ME51011)

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  • SHE level 5 (MSc) 


  • 10 credits


  • Coursework 20%
  • Exam 80%


  • To provide a formal training on human anatomy and physiology, medical instrumentation applications and design, medical ethics and safety issues.
  • To provide a grounding in the theory of biomedical measurement systems, including sensors, signal conditioning methods, measurement techniques, patient interfacing and  instrumentation used in biomedicine;
  • To impart the fundamentals of the special aspects of instrumentation design that are required for biomedical instruments;
  • To demonstrate how modern biomedical instruments combine traditional instrumentation techniques and technological innovation, including software presentation and analysis of data.
  • To develop competence in scientific writing and reporting

Intended learning outcomes:        

  • Understand  principles of operation of important sensors used in biomedical instrumentation and measurement
  • Understand the technical specifications of commercially produced sensors  used for this purposes;
  • Be able to specify and design instrumentation and measurement systems that employ these sensors and which, as appropriate, enable safe interface with the human body
  • Recognised and understand the characteristics of the physiological signals being measured;
  • Be able to offer realistic solutions to clinical measurement problems and to justify the choices;
  • Sufficient knowledge in the subject to be able to investigate and evaluate new designs of biomedical sensors and instruments.
  • competence in writing to accepted academic standards

Indicative content:          

  • Physiological quantities, basic concepts and principles of medical instrumentation
  • Bio-potentials, electrodes and amplifiers, static and dynamic characteristics of measurement systems, noise and noise reduction;
  • Measurement constraints in the clinical environment, invasive and non-invasive measurements and medical Imaging;
  • Biomedical and chemical biosensors;
  • Measurement of blood pressure, flow and volume, pulse oximetry and respiratory performance;
  • Clinical laboratory instrumentation, and applications in patient monitoring
  • Protection and safety: medical ethics; mechanical safety; electrical safety; biological hazards; chemical safety; radiation protection. 

Teaching and learning:  

  • A combination of lectures, laboratory experimentation, coursework, including 40 hours of lectures and tutorials, and 60 hours of self-study.

Modes of delivery and student participation:

  • Classes/tutorials and laboratory experiments (face to face teaching).


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