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SSY091 - Biomedical instrumentation
Syllabus adopted 2014-02-13 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPBME
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: C

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0114 Examination 7,5c Grading: TH   3,5c 4,0c   Contact examiner,  Contact examiner,  Contact examiner

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TIELL ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING - Common branch of study, Year 3 (compulsory elective)


Docent  Sabine Reinfeldt
Professor  Bo Håkansson
Univ lektor  Ants Silberberg


ESS085   Medical electronics SSY090   Biomedical instrumentation

Course evaluation:


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

The course Medicine for the engineer must be taken during the same quarter.


This course teaches basic knowledge in how to use traditional engineering disciplines, sensors, actuators and complex systems for clinical diagnosis and therapy, and the investigation of the physiological basis of diseases.

The learning outcomes of this course are partly applicable to other areas where sensors and actuators are combined for surveillance and control of a complex system for example the automotive sector.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • explain how sensors and measurement systems can be used to monitor physiological functions of the human body, and how these data can be used to improve and support decisions by health care personnel, and in some applications analyse what is limiting the system performance;
  • explain the link between the molecular origin of the signal and the signal response, as well as describe the molecular origin of disease states.
  • describe how a biomedical instrumentation system is used in selected applications;
  • describe, simulate, construct and operate an ECG biopotential amplifier and analyze the result;
  • estimate and describe safety aspects of biomedical instrumentation systems;
  • in oral presentations and written report, describe and motivate biomedical systems in English, to technical as well as non-technical specialists;
  • seek and acquire information when working in a project team.


The course provides an overview of the biomedical engineering field from a system-oriented perspective, primarily in clinical diagnostics using examples from clinical physiology (for example ECG, EEG, EMG, respiratory function, blood pressure) and radiology. Principles and techniques used in electro-physiological measurement equipment is analyzed, designed, and verified. Most electronic equipment for biomedical use comprises sensors, amplifiers, and instruments for storage and presentation of the signal. Aspects of these units and their usage for various medical applications are discussed. A laboratory part of the course is the design and verification of electronics for electro-physiological registrations of the heart i.e. an ECG amplifier. Some state-of-the-art applications are discussed with invited experts in seminars. In most areas the latest findings and discoveries regarding clinical rehabilitation methods and devices are briefly presented.


This course is given over two quarters. The first quarter is composed by: lectures, hand-in problems and laboratory exercise. The second quarter is composed by: invited lectures from experts in different fields, hand-in problems and a minor project work with eligible subjects.


Preliminary literature: J.G. Webster, ed: Medical Instrumentation: Application and Design, 4th ed, 2009. Tortora & Derrickson, Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology, International Student Version, Wiley & sons, 8th ed. 2009.


To pass (grade 3) the following should be passed: hand-in problems; laboratory exercise including a written laboratory report; and project task including written report and oral presentation. For grade 4 and 5, a written exam is required at the end of the course.

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