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ELEC6227 Medical Electrical and Electronic Technologies

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module aims to provide an in-depth understanding, appropriate to an engineer, of medical technologies for clinical applications and an understanding of the electrical hazards to human health.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Human anatomy and physiology (appropriate to an engineer)
  • Physical/electrical properties of human tissues and organs including their biological function
  • Electrical and electronic methods for biomolecular and cellular based analytical and diagnostic applications
  • Physiological measurement
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • The application and operation of medical imaging systems, monitoring and in vivo sensing systems, drug delivery
  • Health related hazards of electrical and electronic devices, nature and approaches taken for hazard management
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Regulation, standardisation of medical technologies and requirements for bringing new technologies to market.


Anatomy - Anatomical terminology - Structural level of the human body - Muscular, skeletal, nervous, cardio-vascular, respiratory systems Physiological instrumentation - Measurement systems - Biopotentials (to include ECG, EMG, EEG and neurostimulation methods) - Cardiovascular instrumentation (to include pacemakers, pressure, dissolved gas measurement) - Biosensing approaches related to remote and intelligent sensing (including evolving technologies i.e. drug delivery, diabetic monitoring, epilepsy and pain management) - Neurological processes, measurement and stimulation - Brain function and memory Imaging technology - X-Ray, gamma camera - Nuclear magnetic resonance imaging - Ultrasound imaging, including doppler ultrasound Bioanalysis, diagnostic methods - Electrophoresis, isoelectric focussing as applied to genomic and proteomic applications - Nuclear magnetic resonance imaging as applied to metabolomics applications - Biophotonic methods for analysis and imaging - Overview of urine, blood and tissue based clinical diagnostic tests Biohazards of electrical and electronic devices and related technology - Electrical safety, particularly for medical applications - Electrical environmental hazards and methods for managing these - Radiation hazards Sources of information and regulations with regard to medical devices - Reports and investigations with respect to electrical/electronic technology on human health aspects - Patent, academic and other research sources for medical technologies - Regulations, standards, and approaches for taking devices from the research lab to the clinic

Special Features

The assessed reports build upon taught material with self-study of literature in topics aligned to previous study in electronics/electrical/electromechanical engineering or another engineering discipline. There is support for the report preparation (academic and other literature) through tutorials.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, Tutorials,

Completion of assessment task55
Follow-up work12
Preparation for scheduled sessions12
Wider reading or practice35
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Staff requirements (including teaching assistants and demonstrators). 

Brown, B. H (1999). Medical physics and biomedical engineering. 

Bushberg, J.T., Seibert, J.A., Boone, J.M., Leidholdt, E.M. (2000). The Essential Physics of Medical Imaging. 

Prutchi, D., Norris, M., (2004). Design and Development of Medical Electronic Instrumentation: A Practical Perspective of the Design, Construction, and Test of Medical Devices. 

Ellis, H., Logan, B.M., Dixon, A.K (2001). Human Sectional Anatomy: Pocket Atlas of Body Sections, CT and MRI Images. 

Webster, John G. (2010). Medical instrumentation : Application and Design. 

Enderle, John D (2012). Introduction to biomedical engineering San Diego Academic Press. 

Jennings, D, Flint, A, Turton, BCH, Nokes LDM (1995). Introduction to Medical Electronics Applications. 


Assessment Strategy

Three reports of 33.3% each


MethodPercentage contribution
Report 33.333%
Report 33.333%
Report 33.334%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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