Biomedical Electronics




Bachelor of Science with honours in Biomedical Electronics   


 The course in Biomedical Electronics combines the detailed study of electronics, as the main subjects of an Honours degree course, with a basic education in the physical, chemical, social and biomedical sciences. The structure and function of the human body are taught as an integrated subject comprising anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and cell biology. Mathematics is an essential part of each year of the course. Appropriate statistical techniques for this interdisciplinary subject are studied. After an introduction to computers and programming, computer studies continue as an experimental subject,

and may continue even further in the final year, since laboratory work in that year is in the form of an open-ended project on some aspect of biomedical electronics, and a student may choose to do a project which requires the use of a computer.

 The project is supervised by a member of staff, and there is often an opportunity for liaison with clinical and biological departments outside the University. When this occurs the work acquires an added interest to the student and they develop an appreciation of working as part of a team.


The aim of the course is to produce graduates who, being qualified to begin a career as professional electronics engineers, are particularly well equipped t appreciate and to solve the problems that arise in the application of electronics to biomedical situations. It hardly need be pointed out that, even away from human problems, physical, mental and social, which the course offers provides a valuable broadening in the education of an electronic engineer.


Course Structure

First Year

Materials science; biochemistry; cell biology; electrical theory; basic mathematics and statistics; behavioural sciences; computer technology; engineering communication; English.

Second Year

Mathematics; human structure and function; nuclear, radiation and health physics; applied electronics; networks; man and his environment; computer technology; workshop practice; business studies or a modern language.

Third Year

Mathematics; electronics I; signal theory and processing; biomedical instrumentation and clinical applications; human structure and function; control in electronic and biological systems; business studies or a modern language.


A Guide to the Syllabus


First Year

Materials Science

Atomic and molecular structure; electronic forces; kinetic concepts and applications; interface phenomena; simple harmonic motion; wave motion; interaction between waves and materials; metals and insulators; semi conducting materials and devices; the preparation and purification of materials.


Introduction to chemical composition and structure; chemical and biological properties of water; colloidal state; bio-energy; chemical substances important to human structure and function.

Cell Biology

An elementary and introductory treatment relating structure and function and a further study of differentiation to show tissue types; micro-organisms.

Electrical Theory

Electrostatics; electromagnetics; dc circuits; circuit behaviour under time varying excitations.

Basic Mathematics and Statistics

Functions; continuity and limits; finite and infinite series; complex numbers; coordinate geometry; differentiation; integration; elementary statistical theory and applications.

Behavioural Sciences

Unlearned behaviour; learning and problem solving; attention; memory and perception; motivation; personality; interpersonal behaviour.

Computer Technology

Digital and analog computers; computers languages; elementary programming; introduction to microprocessors.

Engineering Communication

Presentation and interpretation of engineering information from verbal, written and graphical sources.


Oral and written communication; modern works of literary and sociological importance;.

sources of information and library usage.  


Second Year


Vectors; differentiation; integration; differential equations; determinants and matrices; complex number theory.

Human Structure and function

The basic structure and function and evolution of the human body, the range of normality, deviations from normal, including an amount of biochemical processes involved, but particularly related to n understanding of symbiosis between electronic systems and biomedical systems and only in sufficient detail for this purpose; bones and joints; muscular system; nervous system; skin; cardio-vascular system; immunity; respiratory system; digestive system; urinary tract; reproductive system; ductless glands.

Nuclear, Radiation and Health Physics

Atomic and nuclear structure; radioactivity; interactions between radiation and matter; dosimetry; biological effect of radiation; introduction to electron microscopy.

Applied Electronics

Characteristics of electronic devices; equivalent circuits and parameters; feedback; oscillators.


Two and four-terminal measurements and networks; transient response; transfer functions; poles and zeros; active networks.

Computer Technology

Continuation of work begun in the fist year with emphasis on the writing and running of computer programs.

Workshop Practice

Introduction to the practical construction of the circuits and apparatus.

Man and His Environment

With particular reference to impact of and scope for; electronic devices; sociology; demography; the role and functions of the family; social class; social pathology; history of medicine and social medicine.

Business Studies

An introduction to the business aspects of industrial and commercial companies.

Modern Language

Emphasis on translation of scientific literature.



Third Year


Vectors; differential equations; transform methods; solutions in series; Bessel functions,. integration and differentiation of two or more variables; partial differential equations; fitting of boundary conditions.

Electronic I

Linear networks analysis for amplifier design; transient and steady state response by transform methods, feedback and stability; design with integrated circuits; non-linear circuits including switching and logic circuits; measurements.

Signal Theory and Processing

Signal characteristics; Fourier series; Fourier transform and applications - analog and pulse modulation; random noise.

Biomedical Instrumentation Clinical Applications

Measurement of electrical signals from the human medical transducers; examples of biomedical instrumentation, an account of clinical procedure and treatment in so far as it concerns dialogue between trials; medical ethics; the biomedical electronics engineer and the responsible medical practitioner.

Human Structure and Functions

Continuation of second year work.

Control in Electronics and Biological Systems

Types of control system; principles of feedback control; control system performance; non-linear control theory.

Business Studies

Decision-making, planning, accounting, marketing, and organisation in business.

Modern Language

Continuation of second year work.





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