University of Wisconsin Madison
Bioinstrumentation (B M E 310) Syllabus
Course Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcome
  • 1
    Select and properly use the optimal instrument for measuring medical variables.
  • 2
    Select and properly use the optimal instrument for measurement in biological research.
  • 3
    Search for, select, organize, and present information related to bioinstrumentation.
  • 4
    Design and create basic instrumentation for measurement of medical variables and in biological research.
B M E 310 ( 3 Credits )
A sophomore level first course in bioinstrumentation covering clinical and research measurements. Laboratory experiments complement the lectures.
Chem 109 or (Chem 103 and Chem 104); Physics 202 or Physics 208; Math 234 or concurrent registration. Open only to students in the BME program or consent of instructor
College: College of Engineering
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Text book, title, author, and year

Bioinstrumentation, Webster, John G. (ed.), New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2004.

Supplemental Materials
Required / Elective / Selected Elective
ABET Program Outcomes Associated with this Course
Program Specific Student Outcomes
(1) Understanding of biology and physiology as related to biomedical engineering needs.
(2) Ability to apply knowledge of advanced mathematics (including differential equations and statistics), sciences, and engineering to solve problems at the interface of engineering and biology and to model biological systems
(3) Ability to design and conduct experiments, including making measurements and interpreting experimental data from living systems and addressing the problems associated with the interaction between living systems and non-living materials and systems
Brief List of Topics to be Covered

Topics include: designing medical instruments, displacement sensors, temperature and optical sensors, amplifiers and signal processing, cell, nerve, and muscle potentials, electrocardiogram, electrode polarization, surface electrodes, electrocardiograph, power line interference, blood pressure sensors, heart sound sensors, blood flowmeters, impedance plethysmography, respiratory pressure and flow, respiratory gas concentration, blood-gas sensors, noninvasive blood-gas sensors, clinical laboratory measurements, radiography, MRI, ultrasonic imaging, pacemakers and defibrillators, cardiac assist devices, electroshock hazards and protection.

Twelve laboratory experiments complement the lectures.

Students are graded on homework, exams, laboratory reports, and one (1500 to 2000 words) short paper on a bioinstrumentation topic not covered in the text.  Feedback is provided throughout various stages of the paper assignment.

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