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SSY091 - Biomedical instrumentation
Medicinsk elektronik
Syllabus adopted 2019-02-07 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPBME
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering

Teaching language: English
Application code: 10113
Open for exchange students: Yes
Block schedule: C+
Maximum participants: 64

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)


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ESS085   Medical electronics SSY090   Biomedical instrumentation


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)

  • describe physiological functions of the human body, from their molecular origin to how and why they are measured, as well as describe the molecular origin of disease states; 
  • explain how sensors and measurement systems can be used to monitor physiological functions of the human body, how these data can be used to improve and support decisions by health care personnel, and in some applications analyze what is limiting the system performance;
  • 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 in English, describe and motivate biomedical systems to technical as well as non-technical specialists;
  • seek and acquire information from relevant scientific publications when working in a project team; 
  • discuss ethical aspects on research and development of selected biomedical instrumentation systems.


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, Introduction to the Human Body, Wiley & sons, 10th ed. 2015.

Examination including compulsory elements

To pass (grade 3) the following should be passed: hand-in problems; laboratory exercise including a written laboratory report; project task including written report and oral presentation; and attendance on the invited lectures and on mandatory workshops. For a possible higher grade, a written home exam is required at the end of the course.

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