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ELEC2225 Health Technologies Design Project

Module Overview

This module will be first offered in the 2018/19 academic year. The students will work as teams to design, build and test a minimally invasive health and wellness monitoring platform. The system will collect data from a number of wearable sensors including accelerometers, gyroscopes, pulse oximeters, temperature and make the data available through a decision support system. The system will provide feedback to both the patient and the professional for optimal patient monitoring. Conventional laboratory experiments are useful mainly to assist understanding or analysis: because they are of necessity stereotyped; they are of limited usefulness when a circuit or system must be designed to meet a given specification. The majority of engineering tasks fall into this latter category, and therefore require design or synthesis skills that are distinct from the understanding of underlying engineering principles. This is additional to the analysis skills emphasized in the course so far. This module includes design assignments that have been devised to provide a bridge between 'conventional' experiments and the project work in the third and fourth years, (which in turn provide a bridge to 'real' projects in industry). The exercises have real deadlines and concrete deliverables and students are encouraged to be creative, develop imaginative solutions and to make mistakes.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The principles of operation of a range of electronic devices and healthcare monitoring wearable sensors.
  • The problems associated with designing practical circuits and systems.
  • Methodology to design a decision support system consolidating sensor data.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Gain an appreciation of ethical considerations and approval processes, and gain ethical approval for a project involving human subjects.
  • Integrate and debug hardware and software systems, and appreciate the special problems that occur when both domains are combined.
  • Understand and interpret technical literature and data sheets.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Write formal reports in a clear, technical style.
  • Appreciate the challenges and constrains in recording data from, and interfacing with human subjects.
  • Address problems associated with personal and group time management in a problem solving environment.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of team structure and dynamics, together with an appreciation of individual responsibilities working both as a pair and in a larger grouping.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Use of function generators, oscilloscopes and complex devices.
  • Capturing a heterogeneous set of data from multiple sensors.
  • Construct and test a range of circuits.
Cognitive Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Synthesise simple circuits and systems.
  • Design simple digital IC’s.
  • Choose appropriate sensors to address a healthcare problem and design the interface between the set of sensors and the data collection system.
  • Analyse and display data appropriate to the healthcare professional in user friendly and interpretable way.


- Non and minimally invasive sensors - Acquisition and processing of data from multiple sensors - Effective use of laboratory equipment: oscilloscopes, spectrum analysers, network analysers, sensitive meters and component testers, sources - Synthesis vs analysis - Effective use of design resources, Matlab, Spice, ModelSim, etc. - Designs optimised to meet multiple criteria: phone antennae - Design of consumer devices: iStuff examples - EMC - Manufacturing techniques, RoHS, WEE - Commercial models, outsourcing, fabless design

Learning and Teaching

Specialist Laboratory 63
Total study time73

Resources & Reading list

Sedra A S & Smith K C (2004). Microelectronic Circuits. 

Varadan and Chen (2012). Mobile Wearable Nano-Bio Health Monitoring Systems with Smartphones as Base Stations Kindle Edition. 

Maharatna, K. & Bonfiglio, S. (2014). Systems Design for Remote Healthcare. 

McGrath, Scanaill and Nafus (2013). Sensor Technologies: Healthcare, Wellness and Environmental Applications (Expert's Voice in Networked Technologies). 

Williams, T (2005). The Circuit Designer's Companion. 

Labrador and Yejas (2013). Human Activity Recognition: Using Wearable Sensors and Smartphones. 

Lidwell W, Holden K and Butler J,. Universal Principles of Design. 

Spencer R R & Ghausi M S (2003). Introduction to Electronic Circuit Design. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Continuous Assessment 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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