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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedNot offered in 2011
Coordinator(s)B Lithgow


This unit shows how engineering principles are used in the design and construction of biomedical instrumentation. This includes application of electrochemistry to biological membranes, application of cable theory to nerve axons, application of electronic design principles to the recording of biological electrical signals, application of quantitative optics to spectrometry and fluoroscopy. In addition, the operating principles of a wide range of medical and laboratory instruments will be explored, ranging from pH meters to gene sequencers, pressure transducers to anaesthetic machines.


To understand the generation of electrical signals in the body.
To apply engineering principles to recording and analysis of electrical signals in the body.
To apply basic chemistry to sensors
To understand the principles and operation of optical instrumentation.
To become familiar with a range of hospital equipment.


Laboratory and assignment work: 30%
Examination (3 hours): 70%. Student must achieve a mark of 45% in each component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve an overall pass grade.

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Arthur Lowery

Contact hours

3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory/practice classes and 6 hours private study per week


ECE2061, PHY2011


ECE3801, ECE5081, ECE5801