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This course focuses on the sensors/electrodes/transducers, signal path, and circuits used in medical instrumentation to capture analog biopotentials, conversion to digital, signal processing, measurement, display, and their application to medical instruments and devices. Concepts and principles taught in lectures are applied in a sequence of weekly laboratory sessions. Students work in project teams to design, prototype, and test, assemble, integrate and transfer to printed circuit boards a fully functional physiological monitor and its supporting manuals. Students will identify and explain the function of circuits, signal path elements, user interface controls, etc., and articulate the relevance of each.
Concepts, theories, and methods of the discipline are introduced and discussed. In addition, students learn about the physiological parameter being measured, the vocabulary of the field, learn to analyze systems, learn to identify components and devices for the purposes of troubleshooting and learn to search for new information using the web and other relevant journal articles. As homework, students will solve written problems requiring application of theory, assignments, read the textbook and articles on course topics.