Year
2021
Units
4.5
Contact
1 x 120-minute lecture weekly
1 x 120-minute laboratory weekly
Prerequisites
^ = may be enrolled concurrently
1 ^ 1 of MMED2931, MMED8931
2 Admission into MEB-Master of Engineering (Biomedical)
Must Satisfy: ((1) or (2))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of ENGR3741, ENGR8741 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Mathematical ability such as can be obtained in SACE Stage 2 (Year 12) Mathematical Methods or equivalent. Some understanding of electricity such as can be obtained in SACE Stage 2 (Year 12) Physics or equivalent.
Topic description

Sensors and the principles of measurement of physiological and medical parameters; the origin of biopotentials (ECG, EEG, EMG, EOG, FECG, ERG, etc); biopotential electrodes and amplifiers; measurement and analysis of blood pressure and heart sounds; blood flow and blood volume measurement systems; measurement of respiration.

Educational aims

This topic aims to introduce students to the principles and practice of the measurement of physiological and medical parameters, including medical instruments commonly used in modern hospitals and clinics. This will be achieved by studying and experimenting with the physical principles of the sensor and its interaction with the human body, and the instrumentation required to measure, process and present this signal to the user.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Understand and apply the principles and practice of the measurement of physiological and medical parameters
  2. Understand and apply the principles of operation of transducers, amplifiers and signal processing methods used in medical instrumentation
  3. Understand and describe the origin of biopotentials (ECG, EEG, EMG, FECG, ERG, etc.)
  4. Use the terminology of medicine and medical devices to communicate with health care and engineering professionals
  5. Describe, analyse and design biopotential electrodes & amplifiers
  6. Describe, analyse and design blood pressure and heart sound measurement systems
  7. Describe, analyse and design blood flow and blood volume measurement systems
  8. Describe, analyse and design respiration measurement systems

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.

FULL

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contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

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Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.