BMEG4001 Biomedical Instrumentation

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
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, focussed in the area of biophotonics. 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. A detailed analysis of how light is applied for diagnosis and therapy in bioinstrumentation, including the underlying physics of how light propagates in tissue and how this interaction assists in the treatment of various diseases and medical conditions.
2. An analysis of biopotentials and how they are used in techniques such as electrocardiography.
3. Analogue and digital circuitry used to condition detected biomedical signals.
4. Core aspects of biomedical signal processing.
5. A detailed description and analysis of specific bioinstruments, including noise and safety considerations.
Students are able to (1) identify measurable physiological parameters relevant to human health; (2) evaluate suitable biomedical sensors to measure physiological parameters, in particular, using light and biopotentials; (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.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (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)
Associate Professor Brendan Kennedy
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical Engineering specialisation
Electrical & Electronic Engineering specialisation)
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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