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Biomedical Instrumentation

Code: EBE0179     Acronym: INSB

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Biomedical Engineering

Instance: 2016/2017 - 2S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Course/CS Responsible: Master in Bioengineering

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MEB 11 Syllabus 1 - 6 70 162
MIB 39 Syllabus 3 - 6 70 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Artur Agostinho dos Santos Capelo Cardoso

Teaching - Hours

Recitations: 3,00
Laboratory Practice: 2,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Recitations Totals 1 3,00
Artur Agostinho dos Santos Capelo Cardoso 1,50
Miguel Fernando Paiva Velhote Correia 1,50
Laboratory Practice Totals 2 4,00
Artur Agostinho dos Santos Capelo Cardoso 2,00
Miguel Fernando Paiva Velhote Correia 2,00

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


This course unit aims to develop students’ skills in the measurement of biomedical quantities and signals and in conceiving and design of biomedical instrumentation and medical devices, by applying and integrating multidisciplinary knowledge of engineering and biomedical sciences.

Learning outcomes and competences


The skills to be acquired are focused on:

  • learning the technical concepts of measurement, instrumentation and using the respective technologies in the biomedical area;
  • development of analytical reasoning and resolution of measurement problems in a systemic, critical and creative way;
  • development of skills to work in multidisciplinary teams;
  • development of skill in the design, project, implementation and testing in a multidisciplinary context.

Learning Outcomes

After the successful completion of this course unit, students should be capable of:

  • demonstrating and applying knowledge on the use of sensors and electronic instruments to measure physical, chemical and biological signals of biomedical interest;
  • explaining and analyzing modes of operation of electronic devices in typical situations of measurement and biomedical instrumentation;
  • using correctly electronic and virtual instruments in experimental measurements of physiological signals and assess potential sources of error which affect the quality of those measurements;
  • interpreting and presenting results of experimental measurements, calculating relevant physiological parameters and assessing the quality of measurement using technologies of electronic and virtual instrumentation;
  • compiling and organizing information about a measurement and instrumentation problem in the biomedical domain and proposing a sound technical solution;
  • characterizing a physiological signal measurement problem and performing a requirements and technical specification analysis;
  • elaborating a work plan in a multidisciplinary team to design and implement a measurement methodology or instrument;
  • conceiving, designing, materializing and validating an instrument for the measurement of a signal or quantity of biomedical interest;
  • organizing and preparing technical documentation related to a method or biomedical instrument;
  • demonstrating, justifying and recommending a measurement methodology or biomedical instrument in a multidisciplinary context.


Working method



1. Basic concepts of biomedical measurement and instrumentation

  • Bio-electrogenesis, bio-potentials and electrodes;
  • Sensors and transduction principles;
  • Amplification and conditioning for biomedical applications;
  • Fundamentals of microcontrollers and their programming;
  • Bio-signals acquisition and virtual instrumentation.

2. Measuring, monitoring and therapeutic instruments

  • For the nervous system: EEG, EMG, Electro-stimulation;
  • For the cardiovascular system: ECG, pressure, sound, flow and volume; pacemaker, defibrillators;
  • For the respiratory system: pressure, flow and volume; ventilators.


Mandatory literature

John G. Webster, ed; Medical instrumentation. ISBN: 978-0471-67600-3
José Higino Correia, João Paulo Carmo; Introdução à instrumentação médica. ISBN: 978-972-757-958-7

Complementary Bibliography

Gail D. Baura; Medical device technologies. ISBN: 978-0-12-374976-5
R. S. Khandpur; Biomedical instrumentation. ISBN: 978-0-07-144784-3
Joseph Feher; Quantitative Human Physiology, Elsevier Science & Technology , 2012. ISBN: 978-0-12-382163-8
John Enderle, Susan Blanchard, Joseph Bronzino; Introduction to Biomedical Engineering. ISBN: 0-12-238662-0
John Essick; Hands-on introduction to LabVIEW for scientists and engineers. ISBN: 978-0-19-537395-0
Jon B. Olansen and Eric Rosow; Virtual Bio-Instrumentation: Biomedical, Clinical, and Healthcare Applications in LabVIEW, Prentice Hall PTR, 2001. ISBN: 0130652164

Teaching methods and learning activities

Presentation and discussion of the subject matters under study with audiovisual support and exemplification of the resolution of analysis and synthesis exercises. Execution of experimental measurement and calculation activities of biomedical parameters. Execution of a small lab projects with elaboration of technical documentation, oral presentation and demonstration.


Biopac AcqKnowledge Student Lab
National Instruments LabVIEW
National Instruments Multisim/Ultiboard


Technological sciences > Technology > Measurement technology
Technological sciences > Technology > Instrumentation technology > Medical instrumentation
Technological sciences > Engineering > Biomedical enginnering

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Exame 50,00
Participação presencial 10,00
Trabalho escrito 20,00
Trabalho laboratorial 20,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Elaboração de relatório/dissertação/tese 30,00
Estudo autónomo 32,00
Frequência das aulas 70,00
Trabalho laboratorial 30,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

Students have to achieve a passing grade of 50% overall in the distributed evaluation component to reach the minimum attendance required in this CU.

Calculation formula of final grade

Distributed evaluation component:

  • Participation: 10% of the final grade 
  • Lab work: 20% of the final grade
  • Lab report: 20% of the final grade

Final evaluation component:

  • Written exam: 50% of the final grade

The approval in this CU requires the attendance with a minimum grade of 9 values (out of 20) in each of the two evaluation components and an average final grade of at least 10 values (out of 20).

Examinations or Special Assignments

(not applicable)

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

Students with a special status have to complete the same lab assignments as regular students do, namely, the lab activities and project, as well as the lab report and the final written exam.

Classification improvement

Of the written exam(s): grade can be improved by submitting to an exam at the regular examination seasons.

Of the continuous assessment: grade can be improved by enrolling again on the following academic year.

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