Course Title: Biomedical Instrumentation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Biomedical Instrumentation

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


125H Electrical & Computer Engineering


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


Bundoora Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Francisco Tovar Lopez

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3944

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 105.09.07B

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Background in electronics (2nd year level e.g. EEET2255).

Course Description

This course covers the basic and advanced principles, concepts, and operations of medical sensors and devices. The origin and nature of measurable physiological signals are studied, including chemical, electrochemical, optical, and electromagnetic signals. The principles and devices to make the measurements, including design of electronic instrumentation, will be rigorously presented. This will be followed by realistic design and experimentation with amplifiers for biopotential measurements. There are laboratories session to give students hands on experience with electronic components, sensors, biopotential measurements and testing therapeutic instrumentation. The final part of this course will cover emerging frontiers of cellular and molecular instrumentation. 

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.

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 signals.
  3. Understand theory and design on signal conditioning (wheatstone bridges; amplifiers, filters). Design filters necessary to condition and isolate a signal. Understand how signals are converted from analogue to digital and stored in a computer or presented on an output display.
  4. Review the cardiac, respiratory and muscular physiological systems. Study the designs of several instruments used to acquire signals from living systems. Integrate information learned about biomedical signals, sensors and instrumentation design.
  5. Digital Filters. Understand principles of digital filter design and applied to signals used in laboratory sessions.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities for this course include face-to-face 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.

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

This course in particular relies on regular work at home in your own time.
It will be very useful to study on your own computer, though labs will be open for those without a computer at home.

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 final examination.

Your ability to explain key concepts and demonstrate proficiency in biomedical instrumentation tasks will be assessed through a written test and examination, weekly homework exercises and a major assignment.

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

The major assignment will be performed in stages, so that feedback is provided after each stage of the design process.
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 except for the Final exam.

Assessment tasks

Assessment Task 1: Homework & tutorial
Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

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

Assessment Task 3: Laboratory reports
Weighting 35%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment 5: Final Exam
Weighting 40%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3,4, 5