SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHH624668
Module Leader Martin MacDonald
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This course deals with the design and operation of various types of instrumentation used in the hospitals. Emphasis is also given in trouble shooting of biomedical instruments.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: Electro physiology: Review of physiology and anatomy, resting potential, action potential, bioelectric potentials, cardiovascular dynamics, electrode theory, bipolar and unipolar electrodes, surface electrodes, physiological transducers. Systems approach to biological systems. Bioelectric potential and cardiovascular measurements: EMG - Evoked potential response, EEG, foetal monitor. ECG phonocardiography, vector cardiograph, BP, blood flow cardiac output, plethysmography, impedance cardiology, cardiac arrhythmia's, pace makers, defibrillators and heart lung machine. Respirator and pulmonary measurements and rehabilitation: Physiology of respiratory system, Measurement of lung volume, respiratory rate measurement, artificial respirator, oximeter, hearing aids, functional neuromuscular simulation, physiotheraphy, diathermy, nerve stimulator, artificial kidney machine. Patient monitoring systems: Intensive cardiac care, bedside and central monitoring systems, patient monitoring through bio-telemetry, implanted transmitters, telemetering multiple information. Sources of electrical hazards and safety techniques. Recent trends: Medical imaging, X-rays, laser applications, ultrasound scanner, echo cardiography, CT Scan, MRI/NMR, cine angiogram, colourdoppler systems, PET(positron emissiontomography), Holter monitoring, Endoscopy.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Explain human anatomy and physiology concepts relevant for Bio medical Instrumentation.(AM1)2. Recognise various types of electrodes related to biomedical applications (AM1)3. Design basic circuits for bioelectric potential measurements.(AM1, AM5)4. Explain the operating principles of medical scan systems.(AM5, AM7)5. Explain various sources of electrical hazards and safety techniques in the usage of biomedical instruments (AM1)6. Outline the recent trends in the area of telemedicine. (AM7)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The main teaching method will be based on lectures. The students will be expected to perform directed reading exercises and self-learning exercises on emerging technologies. Tutorials will be used to reinforce the module material discussed during lecture sessions. Tutorials also serve as a platform of technical discussions to clarify any queries that arise from directed studies.

Indicative Reading

Text Book: -360 1. Leslie Cromwell, Fred J. Weibell and Erich A. Pfeiffer, " Biomedical Instrumentation and Measurements ", 2 nd Edition, Prentice Hall, New Delhi, 1998. Reference Books: -360 1. Geddes L. A. and Baker L. E., " Principles of Applied Biomedical Instrumentation ", 3 rd Edition, John Wiley, New York, 1989. 2. Richard Aston, " Principles of Bio-medical Instrumentation and Measurement ", Merril Publishing Company, New York, 1990. 3. Kandpur R. S, " Handbook of Biomedical Instrumentation ", Tata McGraw Hill, New Delhi, 1987.

Transferrable Skills

Problem Solving and Numeracy Communication/Literacy/Linguistic/Critical Evaluation

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 56.00
Tutorials (FT) 28.00
Assessment (FT) 16.00
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 n/a Assignment-written report-maximum 2000 words
Exam (Exams Office) 3.00 50.00 45% Final Examination - Unseen written examination-3 Hours
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 n/a Mid-term test - Unseen written examination-1½ Hours