Course Title: Biomedical Instrumentation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Biomedical Instrumentation

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

EEET1414

City Campus

Undergraduate

125H Electrical & Computer Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015

EEET2493

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Francisco Tovar Lopez

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3944

Course Coordinator Email: francisco.tovarlopez@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 12.11.09


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

EEET2255 Electronics


Course Description

The aim of this course is to teach you the basic principles to create and understand instruments that measure quantities related to living biological systems.

We start by understanding fundamental concepts to create instruments, how most of the common sensors work. We will also understand the origin and nature of measurable physiological signals An important part of the course is the understanding of common techniques for signal conditioning (basic analogue filters, and amplification) to get suitable readings. 

An important part of the course is the understanding of common techniques for signal conditioning (basic analogue filters, and amplification). Practical laboratory session are designed to be followed at home with breadboards and passive electronic components, measurements, microprocessors and common-sensors implementation into devices, following online videos and live online sessions

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onward. See the WAM information web page for more information.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for EEET2493:

     1.1 Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.
     1.2 Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.
     1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
     2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
     2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
     2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.


This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for EEET2493:

1.1 Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.

1.2 Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.

1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.

2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.

2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.

 

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

  1. Learn several signals that can be measured from the human body. Specific examples include temperature, electrical, and pressure signals.
  2. Understand how noise from the environment, instruments and other physiologic systems can create artifacts in instrumentation and be able to design components to condition the signal through signal conditioning circuits (bridges, divides, amplifiers, filters). 
  3. Study the designs of several instruments used to acquire signals from living systems. Integrate information learned about biomedical signals, sensors and instrumentation design.
  4. Understand how flow and volume is measured.
  5. Understand how to create basic instruments for diagnostics through the integration of sensors electronics and microprocessors.  
  6. Learn the principles of medical imaging


Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities for this course include pre-recorded lectures, tutorials and laboratory practicals. The basic theoretical background will be explained in the lectures and various real-world engineering problems will be discussed and analysed in the lectures and tutorials. The basic principles will also be demonstrated and reinforced through the laboratory sessions. Laboratory sessions are designed to be followed online through practical examples using breadboards and passive electronic components. No risk is involved.

Student learning occurs through the following experiences and evaluation processes:
Weekly lectures to support laboratories
Weekly laboratories (weeks 2 to 10)
Weekly tutorials (weeks 2 to 11)


Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access course information and learning materials through RMIT University’s online systems.
Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided.
You will also use state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and computer software within the School during project and assignment work.


Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.
☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Leaning & Teaching).

The assessment for this course consists of laboratories, assignments, seminar, and a major assessment time limited.

Your ability to explain key concepts and demonstrate proficiency in biomedical instrumentation tasks will be assessed through a written take home limited to 48 hours, test, weekly homework. formative quizzes, and lab reports. 

Practical measurement skills will be assessed through written reports on laboratory exercises.

All assessment tasks will also assess your ability to critically analyse results and provide arguments to support design decisions. Written feedback will be provided on all assessment tasks. 

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Mid semester online test 
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 2: Homework quizzes 
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 3: Group Laboratory reports 
Weighting 30%This assessment task supports
CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment 4: Take home assignment in a limited timeframe (48 hours). 
Weighting 40% 
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3,4, 5