Medical Instrumentation, EE-436, is offered in Spring quarters as a capstone design course for the undergraduate track in Biomedical Instrumentation.
The essential facts and policies for the course are listed below:
Prof. Robert Bruce Darling (EE), email@example.com
Office Hours: MWF 10:30 - 11:20am, EEB 226
Bonghoe Kim (EE), firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: M 10:30 - 11:20am, Sieg Hall 126B TA Breakroom
Class Website Home Page:
MWF 9:30 - 10:20am EEB 003
Lecture attendance is not required, but strongly recommended since you are responsible for any material or announcements covered in class and any materials distributed during this time.
EE-235, EE-331, and EE-332, or the equivalent knowledge and skill level of having taken these courses. Additionally, EE-433 would be extremely helpful.
John G. Webster, Editor, Medical Instrumentation: Application and Design, 4th Edition. John Wiley & Sons, 2010. ISBN 978-0-471-67600-3. Available at the University Bookstore, hardcover, required for the course.
Final averages will be computed according to the following weightings:
- Homework: 20%
- Laboratory: 50%
- Midterm Exam: 15%
- Final Exam: 15%
Homework is assigned weekly, and the homework average for the course will be computed from the best 8 scores from the 9 homework assignments. Thus, one homework can be skipped entirely with no impact on the final grade. However, two homeworks cannot. You are encouraged to work together on the problems, but please insure that the final work handed in is your own. Problems may originate from the textbook, the lecture notes, or other library sources. The grading of homework, as well as the exams, will emphasize the method used to arrive at the answer rather than the numerical result itself. Hence, it is most important that your work be legible, organized, and understandable. Homeworks should be submitted electronically to the Catalyst course drop box. Please do not submit homeworks by email. Please submit your homework as a single .pdf file (if possible) with your name and the assignment number somewhere in the filename. For example: "EE436S13_HW3_Fred_Flintstone.pdf". The Catalyst Dropbox for submitting assignments is:
The majority of the course effort is focused on the laboratory design projects. Laboratories 1 and 2 are linked, sequential labs which develop a core design that can be the basis for Laboratory 3, the capstone design project. More detail on each of these is given in the Laboratory web pages. The score for each of these laboratories is made up of two parts: check-out specifications, and the design documentation. The overall laboratory score is composed of 800 points broken down as follows:
- 100 points - Laboratory 1 Design Documentation (full specifications)
- 100 points - Laboratory 1 Check-out Specifications (bench test)
- 100 points - Laboratory 2 Design Documentation (full specifications)
- 100 points - Laboratory 2 Check-out Specifications (bench test)
- 200 points - Laboratory 3 Design Documentation (full specifications)
- 100 points - Laboratory 3 Check-out Specifications (bench test)
- 100 points - Laboratory 3 Supporting Documentation (research work)
Laboratory submissions are also made through the Catalyst DropBox.
Only one midterm and one final exam will be prepared. No makeup exams will be given. Any conflicts will be resolved by means of oral exams. Schedule conflicts must be stated PRIOR to the exam period. Failure to attend an exam or to make previous arrangements results in a score of zero. Incompletes are not given out as course grades as a consequence of missing an exam, laboratory, or homework assignment. Exam solutions will be posted on the class web page immediately following the exam period.
Topical Coverage of EE-436:
EE-436 will largely follow the ordering of topics found in the textbook by Webster:
- Basic Concepts of Medical Instrumentation
- Basic Sensors and Sensing Principles
- Amplifiers and Signal Processing
- The Origin of Biopotentials
- Biopotential Electrodes
- Biopotential Amplifiers
- Blood Pressure and Sound
- Measurement of Flow and Volume of Blood
- Measurements of the Respiratory System
- Therapeutic and Prosthetic Devices
- Electrical Safety