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
- 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).