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H64BIO Bioelectronic and Biophotonic Interfacing
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  MEng, MRes, MSc and PhD students of Electrical and Electronic Engineering  Available to JYA/Erasmus students.

Taught Semesters:

Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering or equivalent. Understanding of electromagnetism, basic optics, Fourier theory and electronic design. H63FWA, H63END or equivalent.

H63END Electronic Design  
H63FWA Fields Waves and Antennas 

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module explores the design of interfaces between technology and biology. It will cover the use of a variety of physical phenomena, including electrical and optical signals, to both monitor and control biological systems. Technology used in research laboratories, medical diagnostic equipment and personal electronic devices will be considered. The module will emphasise the design of practical technology.

Topics covered include:

  • Basic physical principles
  • Basic biological principles
  • Electronic interfacing
  • Optical interfacing
  • Magnetic interfacing

    Method and Frequency of Class:

    ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
    Lecture 11 weeks1 per week2 hours

    Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

    Method of Assessment: 

    Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
    Exam 1 100  

    Dr N Russell

    Education Aims:  To understand the capabilities and limitations of a variety of physical phenomena that can be used to interface technology with biological systems. This includes using electrical, magnetic, electromagnetic and optical signals to both monitor and control the biological systems found in clinical, research and personal environments.

    Learning Outcomes:  

    By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • The physical principles underlying bio-interfacing signal carriers

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic physiological processes underlying bioengineering signals
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic physical principles underlying bioengineering instrumentation
  • Assess the feasibility and performance limitations of existing, emerging or novel technologies

    Offering School:  Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

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