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ELEC3802: Fundamentals of Biomedical Engineering

2020 unit information

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). 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.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Electrical and Information Engineering

Code ELEC3802
Academic unit Electrical and Information Engineering
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
ELEC2004 or ELEC2104 A knowledge of basic electrical engineering is required: Ohm's law, Thevenin and Nortons' theorems, basic circuit theory involving linear resistors, capacitors and inductors, a basic knowledge of bipolar and field effect transistor theory, simplified theoretical mechanism of operation of transformers.

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

  • LO1. practice working in a team, acting diverse roles and responsibilities, showing 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
  • LO2. identify information needs and use these as drivers to instigate inquiry and knowledge development by drawing on, and evaluating diverse sources of information to produce meaningful conclusions on the specific subject of biomedical engineering
  • LO3. 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
  • LO4. explain fundamental concepts of biology including anatomy, physiology, histology, pathology
  • LO5. apply technical principles and methodologies throughout the course to implement appropriate quality control procedures in the development of biomedical engineering lab experiments
  • LO6. 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
  • LO7. complete experiments using a clearly defined approach, employ various medical instrumentation for measurements, and practice diagnosis
  • LO8. 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.

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Semester 1 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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