Medical Instrumentation

Course Information

Course Information

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),
Office Hours: MWF 10:30 - 11:20am, EEB 226

Teaching Assistant:
Bonghoe Kim (EE),
Office Hours: M 10:30 - 11:20am, Sieg Hall 126B TA Breakroom

Class Website Home Page:

Class Meetings:
MWF 9:30 - 10:20am EEB 003
Attendance is not required at the class meetings, 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. Since this is a capstone design course, some experience at designing electronic circuits, data acquisition, electronic interfacing, and design report generation is assumed.

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 is assigned weekly, and the homework average for the course will be computed from the best 8 scores from the 9 homework assignments (250 points, total). 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. Some of the homework problems will involve aspects of the capstone design project, such as background research, literature citations, market analysis, and competing technologies.

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: "EE436S14_HW3_Fred_Flintstone.pdf". The Catalyst Dropbox for submitting assignments is:

Catalyst EE-436 Spring 2014 Dropbox

Capstone Design Project:
The majority of the course effort is focused on the capstone design project. Since many students may not yet have a background in medical instrumentation, some Starter Laboratories 1 and 2 are provided to help close this gap. These starter labs are not graded, but provide some practice in developing core measurement subsystems which might be utilized for the final capstone design project. More detail on each of these is given in the Laboratory web pages. These starter laboratories are not graded, but each has checkout sheets and grading sheets to give an idea of what to expect for the capstone design project.

The score for the capstone design project is made up of three parts for a total of 750 points:

  1. Development work submitted incrementally through the quarter (250 points)
    1. Project proposal (50 points)
    2. Initial project specifications (50 points)
    3. Engineering standards compliance (50 points)
    4. Final project specifications (100 points)
  2. Check out demonstration at the end of the quarter (200 points)
  3. Final design documentation at the end of the quarter (300 points)

The capstone design project is a team effort, and each student on the team receives the same score for the capstone design project.

Laboratory submissions are also made through the Catalyst DropBox.