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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Mechanical, Medical & Aero Engineering Short Name: SE3M85
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: EWINS DJ Dr (M, M & A Eng)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Spring Semester - intensive 1 week programme
Assessment Pattern
Module Overview
The normal pre-requisite will be completion of the Biomedical Engineering MSc Core Modules and the Specialist Safety Module. Equivalent previous experience or training will be accepted by agreement of the Programme Director.
Module Aims
To provide a broad ranging knowledge base about measurement equipment and techniques in common use in clinical/healthcare organisations.
Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate understanding of the application of instrumentation theory to practical clinical instruments, including specifying the sources of errors, the operational standards governing their use and the principles of measurement.
They should be able describe, explain methods and specify:

  • The placement and use of surface electrodes for measurement of bioelectric signals for such techniques as EEG, ECG, and nerve conduction measurement.
  • Methods for flow measurements of body fluids, e.g. blood, air and urine.
  • Clinical monitoring and defibrillation.
  • Organisation of equipment service relevant to Medical Electronics support.
  • Introduction to ionising/non-ionising radiation and applications, e.g. imaging techniques.
Module Content

Organisation of Physiological Measurement in Healthcare:
A Healthcare model
Clinic teams
Professional standards and organisation
Basic Applications:
Principles of physiological measurement
Physiological transduction
Electrical Properties of tissues. Electrode design and function
Detection of Physiological signals
Specific Applications:
a. Cardiovascular Instrumentation and Clinical Applications
Blood flow measurement: Doppler, Electromagnetic, Cardiac output, Regional flows
Electrocardiography (ECG). Defibrillators
b. Respiratory system
Respiratory gas flow: lung volumes, airways resistance, forced expiration, wash-in/washout, ventilation
c. Neurological measurement
Peripheral nerve signal measurement
Measurement of conduction velocity
Evoked responses - visual/ auditory
Diagnostic methods using EEG techniques
d. Clinical Practice
Practical implementation of management procedures in intensive care and routine hospital practice
e. Clinical Engineering and Medical Physics interface
Overview of imaging techniques and nuclear medicine techniques
Diagnostic Ultrasound, CAT and MRI technologies

Methods of Teaching/Learning
The principle teaching approach is by formal lectures in conjunction with clinical visits and demonstrations.
Components of Assessment
Written paper : Post Graduate Diploma Examinations M1
100 marks
Further details are contained within the Biomedical Engineering MSc Programme Regulations.
Selected Texts/Journals
Required reading
Recommended background reading
Bronzino JD (Ed), The Biomedical Engineering Handbook, CRC Press, 1995.
Brown BH and Smallwood RH, Medical Physics and Physiological Measurement, Blackwell, 1981.
Brown BH, Smallwood RH, Barber DC, Lawford PV and Hose DR, Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, IOP Publishing Ltd, 1999.
Webster JG (Ed), Encyclopaedia of Medical Devices and Instrumentation (4 Volumes), Wiley, 1988.
Webster JG (Ed), Medical Instrumentation: Application & Design, Wiley, 1998.
Last Updated

15th August 2006