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BIOE7003 - Biomedical Devices – Clinical

Title:Biomedical Devices – Clinical
Long Title:Biomedical Devices – Clinical
Module Code:BIOE7003
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
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: GER KELLY
Module Description: This module gives the student a grounding in the the areas of measurement of neurological function, medical imaging technology and medical laboratory instrumentation together with an overview of the area of prosthetic orthopaedic joints.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe the principle of operation and maintenance requirements of a range of medical laboratory equipment.
LO2 Evaluate and characterise equipment for the measurement of neurological function.
LO3 Discuss the operation of and safety reqiurements associated with medical imaging equipment.
LO4 Explain the function and operation of equipment employed in ICU/CCU departments.
LO5 Identify the current designs, design procedures and manufacturing operations employed for prosthetic orthopaedic joints.
Pre-requisite learning
Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Instrumentation for measuring Brain Parameters
The human Nervous System, Instrumentation for measuring Anatomical and Physiological Parameters of the Brain, Cerebral Angiography, Cranial X-rays, Brain scans, Ultrasonic Equipment, Electroencephalography, EEG electrodes and the 10-20 system, EEG diagnostic Uses and Sleep patterns, Visual and auditory Evoked Potential Recordings, EEG Telemetry System, Typical EEG system artefacts, faults, troubleshooting and Maintenance.
Intensive and Coronary Care Units
Special Care units, ICU/CCU Equipment, Bedside monitors, Central monitoring consoles, ECG/Physiological Telemetry.
Medical Laboratory Instrumentation
Blood tests, Overview of Clinical Instrumentation, Colorimeter, Flame Photometer, Spectrophotometer, Blood cell counters, pH/Blood Gas Analysers, Chromatograph, Autoanayser
Medical Ultrasound
Ultrasound Transducers, Absorption and attenuation of Ultrasound Energy. Scan Modes and Scanning systems, Doppler effect, Transcutaneous Doppler flow detectors, flowmeters, Ultrasonic Blood pressure measurement, Echoencephalography.
Radiology and Nuclear Medicine Equipment
Types and Uses of X-ray and Nuclear Medicine Equipment, Nature and types of Nuclear radiation. Units for measuring radioactivity. Health dangers from X-ray and Nuclear Radiation. Block diagram and operation of an X-ray Machine, Block diagram and operation of a Fluoroscopic Machine, Block diagram and operation of a Nuclear Medicine System. Calibration, Typical faults, Troubleshooting procedures.
Medical Equipment Maintenance: Management, Facilities, and Equipment
Types of MROs, Levels of Capability, Types of organisation, Technical Personnel, Management Approaches.
Orthopaedic Joints.
Current designs, design procedures and manufacturing operations used for for prosthetic joints, hip joint, knee Joint, finger joint. Emphasis given to local related manufacturing operations.
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 1-hour examination 1 20.0 Week 5
Essay Group research assignment 5 10.0 Week 10
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 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

Recommended Book Resources
  • Barbara L. Christe 2009, Introduction to Biomedical Instrumentation: The Technology of Patient Care, 1st Ed., Cambridge University Press [ISBN: 0521515122]
  • Prutchi, D. 2005, Design and Development of Medical Electronic Instrumentation, 1st Ed., John Wiley & Sons Inc. USA [ISBN: 978-0471676232]
  • Khandpur, R.S. 2004, Biomedical Instrumentation: Technology and Applications, 1st Ed., McGraw-Hill Professional USA [ISBN: 0071447849]
  • 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
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_EBIME_7 Bachelor of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering 6 Mandatory

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