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BMET5957: Bioelectronic Medicine Circuits and Systems

This unit is focused on the emergent and highly interdisciplinary field of electroceuticals as an alternative to pharmaceutical therapeutics. Biomedical devices, circuits and systems employ electrical, magnetic, optical, ultrasound, or other pulses to modulate peripheral nerves for target- and organ-specific effects. We want to understand: What is electroceutical therapy? How bioelectronic medicine could replace drugs? What are the benefits and side effects of electroceuticals in terms of safety, efficacy, and cost compared with pharmaceutical therapeutics?, and How a future bioelectrician works with clinician and conventional clinical practice? This unit aims to build complementary capabilities in design and simulation of circuits and systems for bioelectronic medicine interfaces. Students review, learn, design, simulate and implement test platforms for circuits and systems that enable bioelectronic treatments. Students will be equipped with knowledge on how to make more targeted and personalised treatments for neurological based diseases and conditions with a focus on closed-loop control systems. Students are expected to perform research on circuit implementation for different applications such as pain relief, bionic eye, pace makers. The unit also provides a deep overview on the roadmap of technologies and future trends in bioelectronic medicine and electroceuticals.

Code BMET5957
Academic unit Biomedical Engineering
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
ELEC2104 or BMET2922

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand and communicate the principles of operation of biomedical microsystems and circuits.
  • LO2. understand and communicate the application of biomedical microsystems in sensing and stimulation context.
  • LO3. work together in small groups to carry out a prescribed task and present the outcomes in an oral, written or video format.
  • LO4. create one or more printed circuit boards with provided guidelines and necessary simulations and understanding the context, as well as components, to allow focused problem solving and inventiveness.
  • LO5. design and simulation of wireless power transfer and energy harvesting.
  • LO6. apply engineering principles to answer questions relating to biomedical microsystem circuits and systems both recording and stimulation in an online or offline quizzes, assignments, and/or exams format within or outside the dedicated time for lectures and/or practical sessions.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.