Checking date: 27/04/2023

Course: 2023/2024

Introduction to the design of medical instrumentation
Bachelor in Biomedical Engineering (Plan: 419 - Estudio: 257)

Coordinating teacher: RIOS MUÑOZ, GONZALO RICARDO

Department assigned to the subject: Bioengineering Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Introduction to bioengineering. Electronic technology in biomedicine. Measuring instrumentation. Signals and Systems or Digital Signal Processing.
The student who successfully completes this course should be able to understand in depth everything related to the design of a biomedical instrument, what is involved in its biomedical application, be able to describe the user and technical specifications and prepare a complete instrument design and test protocol, as well as analyze the signals and data produced by the instrument. In addition, upon completion of this course, the student should be able to build a biomedical instrument and demonstrate its operability using modern electronic technologies (microprocessors) as well as various types of sensors.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1. Introduction to Biomedical Instrumentation 2. Signal Amplification 3. Signal Filtering 4. Electrical Safety 5. Electrocardiology. ECG characteristics 6. Electroencephalography. EEG characteristics 7. Other Biopotential Recordings: EMG, ENG, ERG, EOG 8. Biopotential Amplifiers 9. Electrodes and Electrolytes 10. Sensors: biophysics, design, and applications 11. Introduction to Signal Digitalization 12. Therapeutic and Prosthetic Devices 13. Pressure and Sound Measurements 14. Flow and Volume Measurements 15. Introduction to Optical Measurement Systems
Learning activities and methodology
The teaching methodology will be mainly based on lectures, seminars, and practical sessions. Lectures will be used by the teachers to present the main concepts of the course. Seminars will be mainly dedicated to interactive discussions with the students and to stress and clarify the most interesting and difficult points. Deliverable exercises and presentations will be done during the sessions. Grading will be based on continuous evaluation (including a partial exam, practical sessions, and student participation in class and Aula Global) and a final exam. Help sessions and tutorial classes will be held prior to the final exam. Attendance to lectures, short exams, or submission of possible homework is not compulsory. However, failure to attend any exam or submit the exercises before the deadline will result in a mark of 0 in the corresponding continuous evaluation block. The practical sessions will consist of laboratory work. A laboratory report will be required. Attendance to practical sessions is mandatory. Failure to hand in the laboratory reports on time or unjustified lack of attendance will result in a 0 marking for that continuous evaluation block.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 35
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 65
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • J.G. Webster. Medical Instrumentation Application and Design. John Wiley and Sons, Inc..
  • L.A. Geddes and L.E. Baker. Principles of Applied Biomedical Instrumentation. John Wiley and Sons, Inc..
Additional Bibliography
  • A.F. Arbel. Analog Signal Processing and Instrumentation. Cambridge University Press.
  • J.B Olansen, E. Rosow. Virtual Bio-Instrumentation. Prentice Hall PTR.
  • L. Cromwell, F.J. Weibell, E.A. Pfeiffer. Biomedical Instrumentation and Measurements. Prentice Hall Career & Technology.
  • R. Sarpeshkar. Ultra Low Power Bioelectronics. Cambridge University Press.

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.