Physiological Measurement - EENG5150

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 5 15 (7.5) Viktorija Makarovaite checkmark-circle


This module consists of a series of coherent lectures and practical classes. Technical topics covered in the module include basic error analysis, general principles of measurement and instrumentation, sensing devices, AC circuits, electronic devices and circuits, medical devices, physiological signals, signal conditioning and data presentation elements. The students are taught to understand the role of the various elements of a medical instrumentation system and to specify and evaluate a measurement system for medical applications.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 40
Private study hours: 110
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Exam 2 hours 80%
Coursework 20%

Indicative reading

Medical Instrumentation Application and Design, John G, Webster (Ed), John Wiley & Sons; 4th Edition (6 Feb 2009)
Introduction to Electrocardiography, Leo Schamroth, Blackwell Science Ltd; 4th Revised edition (Sep 1971)
An Introduction to the Physiology of Hearing, James O. Pickles, BRILL; 4th Revised edition (5 April 2013)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. demonstrate an understanding of the principles of physiological measurement and instrument design.
2. demonstrate knowledge of specific examples of physiological parameters and their measurement.
3. demonstrate the necessary skills to design and analyse electronic instruments.
4. Develop an appreciation of the regulatory and safety issues relating to medical devices.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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