BMET9802: Biomedical Instrumentation (2021 - Semester 2)

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Unit: BMET9802: Biomedical Instrumentation (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Biomedical Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr McEwan, Alistair
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: ELEC3802 OR ELEC8882 OR BMET3802.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit assumes a knowledge of basic principles in physics, mathematics, circuit theory and electronics. In particular, some understanding of the following is required: Thevenins and Nortons theorems, Fourier analysis, radiation, filtering, bipolar and field effect transistors, and operational amplifiers.

The following topics are covered. Biology of the heart, circulatory and respiratory systems, physiology of nerve and muscle cells, fundamental organization of the brain and spinal cord. Medical instrumentation. ElectrocardioGram and automated diagnosis. Heart pacemakers and defibrillators. The bionic ear. Apparatus for treatment of sleep disordered breathing(sleep apnoea). Medical imaging and signal processing

This unit is descriptive and does not require detailed knowledge of electronics or mathematics, but does require an understanding of some key aspects of mathematical and electronic theory. The unit concentrates on some of the practical applications of biomedical engineering to patient diagnosis and treatment.
Assumed Knowledge: A knowledge of basic anatomy and physiology and electrical circuits is required: Ohm`s law, Thevenin`s and Norton`s theorems, basic circuit theory involving linear resistors, capacitors and inductors, operational amplifiers.
Timetable: BMET9802 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Project Work - in class 2.00 1 13
3 Independent Study 3.00 1 12
T&L Activities: Project Work - in class: Construction and analysis of a body organ model.

Analysis of biological sergical(ECG).

Physiology study of a body system (nerve).

Medical imaging and signal processing.

Independent Study: Lecture and lab notes available on the web must be studied in advance for full understanding. Students need to do some preparation for tutorials and labs.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 2)
1. Practice to work in a team, act diverse roles and responsibilities, show initiative and leadership, as well as receptiveness to various contributions and viewpoints to reach a multilateral consensus in the approach and results of lab experiments.
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 2)
2. Identify information needs and use these as drivers to instigate inquiry and knowledge development by drawing on, and evaluate diverse sources of information to produce meaningful conclusions on the specific subject of biomedical engineering.
3. Write lab reports to convey complex and technical data in clear and concise terms, and argue persuasively the approach and results obtained in light of the problem or task assigned and the adopted methodology.
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 2)
4. Explain fundamental concepts of biology including Anatomy, Physiology, Histology, Pathology.
(4) Design (Level 2)
5. Apply technical principles and methodologies throughout the course to implement appropriate quality control procedures in the development of biomedical engineering lab experiments.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3)
6. Describe medical instrumentation including ECG, heart pacemakers and defibrillators, hearing aid and bionic ear and ventilators proficiently; explain the principles of biomedical signal processing and medical imaging to the extent of the material presented.
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 2)
7. Complete experiments using a clearly defined approach, employ various medical instrumentation for measurements, and practice diagnosis.
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
8. Practice basic circuit theory at a level suitable for use with medical instrumentation; practice signal processing and pattern recognition methods at a basic level for medical image analysis.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Final Exam No 50.00 Exam Period 2, 3, 4, 6, 8,
2 Quizzes No 15.00 Multiple Weeks 2, 4, 5, 6, 8,
3 Lab Skills Yes 35.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
Assessment Description: Quizzes: quizzes to provide early feedback (6 per semester)

Lab Skills: Laboratory work

Final Exam: Final Examination

There may be statistically defensible moderation when combining the marks from each component to ensure consistency of marking between

markers, and alignment of final grades with unit outcomes.

You must get 50% in the final exam to pass the unit, regardless of the sum of your individual marks.

The penalty for lateness is 5% per day. Assignments more than 10 days late get 0.

The University has authorised and mandated the use of text-based similarity detecting software Turnitin for all text-based written assignments.
Assessment Feedback: Quiz results and solutions, detailed feedback in lab sessions and from marked reports and assignments
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Online Course Content:
Note on Resources: No text required. Notes will be on the web.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction, Biology of nerves
Week 2 Biology of nerves, muscles, heart lungs
Week 3 Instrumentation
Week 4 ECG
Week 5 Electrical implants
Week 6 CPAP
Week 7 Signals 1
Week 8 Signals 2
Week 9 Imaging HW1
Week 10 Imaging HW2
Week 11 Image processing 1
Week 12 Image processing 2
Week 13 Review
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Engineering 2019, 2020, 2021
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Biomedical) 2019, 2020, 2021
Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical) 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 2) No 4.38%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 2) No 31.75%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 2) No 0%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 2) No 17.38%
(4) Design (Level 2) No 7.38%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3) No 17.38%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 2) No 4.38%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) No 17.38%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.