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BIOE6004 - Biomedical Devices-Respiratory

Title:Biomedical Devices-Respiratory
Long Title:Biomedical Devices–Respiratory
Module Code:BIOE6004
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Biomedical Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: GER KELLY
Module Author: KEITH BRYAN
Module Description: This module will introduce the student to the safe operation of a variety of biomedical devices related to cardiovascular and respiratory medicine and detail the components, electronic controls and signalling used in their operation.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Explain the different electrical classifications of electromedical devices and the associated safety standards required
LO2 Describe the operation and range of medical devices associated with diagnostic and therapeutic equipment with regard to the treatment of cardiovascular and respiratory medicine
LO3 Identify the typical faults and maintenance requirements of a range of medical devices associated with diagnostic and therapeutic equipment with regard to the treatment of cardiovascular and respiratory medicine.
LO4 Explain the importance of safety in the design and use of medical instrumentation.
Pre-requisite learning
Incompatible Modules
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Not applicable
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

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No Co Requisites listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Electrical Safety
Classification and type of electromedical devices. Electrical safety standards. Current leakage identification and design features to reduce these effects. Testing methods and resolutions with respect to electrical safety. Environment Applications of these devices
The Heart as a Potential source, The ECG Waveform, Application , The standard Lead System, Other ECG Signals, The ECG preamplifier, Noise filtering ,ECG readout devices, ECG monitor and recorder , ECG Machine Maintenance, ECG Faults and Troubleshooting
Range of Defibrillators and their application, Defibrillator Circuits, Cardioversion, Pacemakers, basic electronic circuit design
Physiological Pressure Measurements and Devices
Application , Blood Pressure Measurements, Oscillometric and Ultrasonic Noninvasive pressure Measurements, Direct Methods, Pressure transducers, Pressure amplifiers, Typical calibration methods, Practical problems in pressure monitoring, CFIS, basic electronic circuit design
Oxygen Saturation
Plethysmography, spectrophotometry, Application, transducer design Self test and calibration methods, Practical problems in SPO2 monitoring, basic electronic circuit design
Infusion Therapy
Application of these devices, peristaltic pumps, air and pressure detection and measurement techniques. Flow measurements. Self test and calibration methods, electronic and mechanical design. basic electronic circuit design
Respiratory Therapy Equipment
Application , Overview and terms of ventilation. Medical gasses and safety systems, Oxygen Therapy, Artificial Mechanical Ventilation, Mandatory and spontaneous modes of ventilation, Accessory Devices used in respiratory therapy apparatus, Sterilisation and Isolation procedures in respiratory therapy units, Typical faults and Maintenance procedures for ventilators. basic electronic circuit design
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions Closed book assessment 1,2 30.0 Week 5
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End of Semester Formal Exam 1,2,3,4 70.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Class based instruction 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Students should undertake independent learning to complement information received in lectures 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Supplementary Book Resources
  • Azzam F G Taktak, Paul Ganney, David Long, Paul White 2014, Clinical Engineering: A Handbook for Clinical and Biomedical Engineers, 1st Ed., Academic Press [ISBN: 0123969611]
  • Khandpur, R.S. 2004, Biomedical Instrumentation: Technology and Applications, 1st Ed., McGraw-Hill Professional USA [ISBN: 978-0071447843]
  • Prutchi, D. 2005, Design and Development of Medical Electronic Instrumentation, 1 Ed., John Wiley & Sons Inc. USA [ISBN: 978-0471676232]
  • David, Y. 2003, Clinical Engineering (Principles and Application in Engineering), 1st Ed., CRC Press USA [ISBN: 978-08493181139]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • E-Book: R.S. Khandpur 2014, Handbook of Biomedical Instrumentation, McGraw Hill Education (India) Private Limited

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_EBIME_7 Bachelor of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering 5 Mandatory

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