SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1F320013
Module Leader Elaine Gribben
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module is delivered at Glasgow Kelvin College campus. It is designed to provide a basic understanding of physics and physiological measurement and will i ntroduce the fundamental concepts related to instrumentation within the medical environment. It will provide a basic understanding of physiological measurement in the context of Clinical Physiology and will build on the students' work-based knowledge. The teaching and learning strategies will consist of lectures, labs and tutorials. Assorted computing resources including interactive graphics are also used to support delivery.


Electricity 1. AC&DC circuits, power supplies, isolation. 2. Transducers including computer interfaces, recording media storage. 3. Wheatstone Bridge. 4. Capacitance. 5. Analogue Electronics. 6. Fault finding/continuity testing. 7. Alternating Current and Voltage peak/r ms. Electromagnetism 1. Magnetic field. 2. Transformers. Mechanics 1. Vectors and Scalars. 2. Forces. 3. Distinguish between distance and displacement. 4. Distinguish between speed and velocity. 5. Define and classify vector and scalar quantities. 6. State what is meant by the resultant of a number of forces. 7. Carry out calculations to find the rectangular components of a vector. 8. By calculation determine the magnitude and direction of the resultant of a number of forces. 9. Use of electronic interfaces. Gases & Liquids 1. Temperature measurement including the Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics. 2. Gas laws, Boyles law, Pressure Law, Charles Law & combine Gas equation. 3. Density comparison between states of matter. Atomic structure and Ionising radiations 1. Describe a simple model of the atom which includes protons, neutrons and electrons. 2. State that radiation energy may be absorbed in the medium through which it passes. 3. State the range through air and absorption of alpha, beta and gamma radiation. 4. Explain what is meant by an alpha particle, beta particle and gamma ray. 5. Explain the term ionisation. 6. State that alpha particles produce much greater ionisation density than beta particles or gamma rays. 7. Describe how one of the effects of radiation is used in a detector of radiation. 8. State that radiation can kill living cells or change the nature of living cells. 9. Describe one medical use of radiation based on the fact that radiation can destroy cells. 10. Describe one use of radiation based on the fact that radiation is easy to detect. Non ionising Radiation 1. Sources. 2. Radio and TV. Waves 1. Use the following terms correctly in context: wave, frequency, wavelength, speed, amplitude, period. 2. State the difference between a transverse and longitudinal wave and give examples of each. 3. Reflection. 4. Refraction. 5. Optoelectronics. Measurement parameters 1. Static and dynamic characteristics. 2. Gain. 3. Sensitivity. 4. Linearity. 5. Calibration. 6. Frequency response. 7. Effect on recordings. 8. Associated uncertainties.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of this module the student should be able to: 1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of electricity and electronics , mechanics, waves, optics and radioactivity.2. Solve problems related to these concepts.3. Collect and analyse information obtained by experimentation. 4. Carry out an investigation relating to the use of medical instrumentation.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module is delivered at Glasgow Kelvin College campus by means of lectures, tutorials, laboratory practicals and student-centred learning exercises. Assorted computing resources including interactive graphics are also used to support delivery. Theoretical material is reinforced with a range of experimental activities. Students are provided with advice on supplementary texts and are encouraged to study independently.

Indicative Reading

-8 Dunn, Patrick F. (2014) Measurement and Data Analysis for Engineering and Science , Third Edition, CRC Press Katarzyn J. et al. (2011) -8 Practical Biomedical Signal Analysis Using MATLABae, CRC Press -360 Webster, J.G. (2014 ) -8 The Physiological Measurement Handbook , CRC Press

Transferrable Skills

The students' transferable skills will be developed in: information retrieval, safe laboratory practice, team work, communication, interpretation of information, problem solving, independent learning

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (PT) 30.00
Assessment (PT) 20.00
Seminars (PT) 12.00
Independent Learning (PT) 128.00
Practicals (PT) 10.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 5.00 35% Lab Report
Course Work 03 n/a 20.00 35% Student centred learning exercise
Exam (Dept) 01 1.00 70.00 35% Objective Test
Course Work 02 n/a 5.00 35% Lab Report