UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

BMEG4001 Biomedical Instrumentation

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2017UWA (Perth)Face to face2020
Content In this unit, students will primarily apply knowledge of electronic engineering principles to the design and development of bioinstrumentation. A main focus of the unit will be to combine knowledge of bioinstrumentation with lab-based learning, ensuring students gain practical experience of bioinstrumentation. Students will take a hands-on approach to explore each step in the development and implementation of bioinstrumentation from the physiological parameter measured and the mechanism used to interpret the measured data, to how the physician uses this information. Key aspects of the unit include:
1. An analysis of various biomedical sensors, including electronic, mechanical and chemical sensors
2. Analogue and digital circuitry used to condition detected biomedical signals
3. Core aspects of biomedical signal processing
4. A detailed description and analysis of specific bioinstruments, including safety consideration
Outcomes Students are able to (1) identify measurable physiological parameters relevant to human health.; (2) evaluate suitable biomedical sensors to measure physiological parameters; (3) apply knowledge of analogue and digital electronics to acquire biomedical sensor data; (4) apply knowledge of signal processing to design mechanisms for appropriate enhancement of detected biomedically-derived signals.; (5) explain the theory, operation, and limitations of specific bioinstruments; and (6) design a bioinstrument for a specific clinical application..
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) laboratories; (2) a project; and (3) examinations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Brendan Kennedy
Unit rules
Prerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical Engineering specialisation)
Co-requisites: MECH4424 Measurement and Noise
Advisable prior study: ENSC3015 Signals and Systems, ENSC3021 Circuits and Electronics, ENSC3023 Introduction Biomedical Engineering
Contact hours Lectures: 2 hours per week; activities: 2 hours per week

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