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Advanced Biomedical Instrumentation

2014 unit code: BME40002 (formerly HET491)

Please note that unit codes have changed from 2014.
Credit points12.5 Credit Points

1 Semester
Contact hours60 Hours


Related course(s)

An elective unit in the;

Aims and objectives

This capstone unit of study aims to provide you with an advanced understanding of biomedical instrumentation, from signal acquisition through to process control. It will link electrical engineering and physiological systems course content by applying the theory-based coursework in a practical context. Student teams will be prepared for their capstone project by engaging in self-guided learning.
After successfully completing this unit, you should be able to:
1. Design or select appropriate biomedical instrumentation systems to monitor specific physiological parameters. (K1, K3, K4, K5, K6, S1, S2, S3, A3, A4, A5)
2. Construct biomedical instrumentation systems to monitor specific physiological parameters. (K1, K3, K4, K6, S1, S2, S3, A1, A3, A6, A7)
3. Formulate appropriate instrumentation protocols and techniques to gather physiological data. (K1, K2, K3, K6, S1, S2, S3, A1, A4, A6, A7)
4. Apply computer modelling and numerical analysis software to process and manipulate data, including error analysis. (K2, S1, A4)
5. Demonstrate effective communication skills via written reports, oral presentation and a reflective journal. (A2, A4, A5, A6, A7)
6. Manage a project and work effectively in teams to solve instrumentation problems. (K6, S4, A2, A5, A6, A7)
Swinburne Engineering Competencies for this Unit of Study
This Unit of Study will contribute to you attaining the following Swinburne Engineering Competencies:
K1 Basic Science: Proficiently applies concepts, theories and techniques of the relevant natural and physical sciences.
K2 Maths and IT as Tools: Proficiently uses relevant mathematics and computer and information science concepts as tools.
K3 Discipline Specific: Proficiently applies advanced technical knowledge of the specific discipline within that context.
K4 Emerging Disciplinary Trends: Interprets and applies current or emerging knowledge from inside and outside the specific discipline.
K5 Practice Context: Discerns and appreciates the contextual factors affecting professional engineering practice.
K6 Professional Practice: Appreciates the principles of professional engineering practice in a sustainable context.
S1 Engineering Methods: Applies engineering methods in practical applications.
S2 Problem Solving: Systematically uses engineering methods in solving complex problems.
S3 Design: Systematically uses engineering methods in design.
S4 Project Management: Systematically uses engineering methods in conducting and managing projects.
A1 Ethics: Values the need for, and demonstrates, ethical conduct and professional accountability.
A2 Communication: Demonstrates effective communication to professional and wider audiences.
A3 Entrepreneurial: Appreciates entrepreneurial approaches to engineering practice.
A4 Information Management: Demonstrates seeking, using, assessing and managing information.
A5 Professional Self: Demonstrates professionalism.
A6 Management of Self: Demonstrates self-management processes.
A7 Teamwork: Demonstrates effective team membership and team leadership.

Teaching methods

Lectures (12 hours), Tutorials (12 hours), Laboratory Work (36 hours)



Individual or Group Assessment


Research Seminar


10% - 20%

Practical Reports


80% - 90%

Reflective Journal


Mandatory Assessment


    • Practical 1: familiarisation with laboratory equipment, including wireless monitoring system. Practice report writing.
    • Practical 2: use electromyogram signals to control a virtual robotic arm. Write report.
    • Practical 3: design, implement and verify a real-time heart rate detector with a robust threshold detection algorithm. Write report.
    • Practical 4: major open-ended team project. Design, implement and verify a sensor to control a rateresponsive pacemaker system. Write report.
    • Seminar: each student to present a research seminar on an aspect of Practical 4.

    Reading materials

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    Text books

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