Short Title:Electronic Applications in Healthcare
Full Title:Electronic Applications in Healthcare
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:EAPH H4000
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Field of Study:Engineering, Manufacturing and Construction
Module Delivered in no programmes
Module Author:CIARAN YOUNG
Module Description:This module aims equip the student to combine sub-assemblies to design bio-electronic instrument and devices in compliance with the appropriate electrical safety regime to be used in bio-medical systems so as to ensure the safety of users and clinical staff.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Recognise and resolve known electrical hazards and fault scenarios associated with medical and biomedical instruments which have implications for patient safety and identify the relevant codes and standards appropriate to to such devices.
LO2 Explain the physiological source of a range of biosignals and select the relevant biomedical sensor for a given situation.
LO3 Discuss the techniques and implications of the use of a range of electrostimulation technologies.
LO4 Investigate and appraise current wearable sensors technology and body sensor networks.
LO5 Design a biomedical instrumentation system and report on the performance on it and themselves.
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Electrical Safety:
Physiological effects of electricity, Earthing, macroshock, microshock, isolation, line isolation monitor,grounding, protection devices, EMI, Classification of medical equipment, Standards and codes.
Bio-medical sensors.
Biomedical sensor characteristics, driven bridges, signal-conditioning amplifiers, instrumentation and isolation amplifiers.
Electrophysiology measurement.
Physiological source of biopotentials, Surface and fine wire electrodes, electrode application and arrangements. Acquisition and analysis of ECG, EMG, EEG signals.
Data Acquisition.
Data acquisition, sampling theory, Digital signal processing, Noise and interference reduction techniques.
Muscular electrostimulation, pacemakers, Brain stimulation
Biosensors systems, electrical sensing, mechanical sensing, optical sensing.
Wearable sensors.
Applications, communications, remote sensing, body sensor networks, data security.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Laboratory Instrument design, from sensor through signal conditioner to provide a single ended signal. 1,2,5 6.00 Week 3
Laboratory Data Acquisition: acquire a signal and preform DSP with it. 1,2,5 6.00 Week 5
Assignment EMG signal acquisition and analysis. 1,5 6.00 Week 9
Presentation Group Presentation on a proposed new biomedical device with details of device operation, regulatory compliance and manufacturing techniques. 1,2,5 12.00 Week 11
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Class based instruction 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Practical Lab based experiments 2.00 Every Second Week 1.00
Tutorial Question and answer sessions 2.00 Every Second Week 1.00
Independent Learning Self learning 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

This module does not have any book resources
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Text Book: Shakti Chatterjee 2013, Biomedical Instrumentation Systems, Delmar
  • Text Book: John Enderle, Joseph Bronzino 2011, Introduction to Biomedical Engineering, Academic Press
  • Text Book: Tatsuo Tagawa, Toshiyo Tamura, P. Ake Oberg 2011, Biomedical Sensors and Instruments, Second Edition, CRC Press
  • Website: 2014ECG Made simple