Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites: BI2ST17 Sensors and Transducers for Biomedical Engineering
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr John Bowen


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module aims to explain the principles, design and operation of key instrumentation for biomedical applications. It also provides an understanding of the fundamental principles underlying the design of instrumentation in general.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module the student should be able to design instrumentation for a wide range of biomedical applications, to be able to calculate the responsivity and detectivity of measurement systems in general, and know how to characterise and optimise their performance.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
General principles of instrument design: general measurement system and examples; parameters characterising measurement systems; noise in passive networks and amplifiers; noise figure and its measurement; noise matching and noise equivalent circuits; signal recovery. Principles and operation of: optical spectroscopy, laser doppler flowmeters, flow cytometry, turbidity nephelometry, calorimetry, fluorescence lifetime imaging, optical tweezers, vector network analysers, atomic force microscopy, mass spectrometry, DNA sequencing, chromatography, and immunoassays.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module comprises 2 lectures per week, laboratory practicals and a revision tutorial.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Tutorials 1
Practicals classes and workshops 9
Guided independent study: 68 2
Total hours by term 97 0 3
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Set exercise 30

Summative assessment- Examinations:
2 hours

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Examination only

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 3 September 2019


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