Teaching plan for the course unit



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General information


Course unit name: Biomedical Systems and Equipment

Course unit code: 571448

Academic year: 2019-2020


Department: Faculty of Physics

Credits: 5

Single program: S



Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 125


Face-to-face learning activities



-  Lecture



Supervised project


Independent learning






The course will be divided into theoretical master classes (minimum 80% compulsory attendance), active discussions, individual and teamwork practical exercises (attendance for the presentations is 100% compulsory), and practical sessions in the laboratory(100% compulsory attendance).



Competences to be gained during study


CB6 - Knowledge forming the basis of original thinking in the development or application of ideas, typically in a research context.

CB10 - Skills to enable lifelong self-directed and independent learning.

CG1 - Capacity to identify the scientific and industrial landscape in the immediate, national and international environment in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

CE1 - Capacity to manage the bibliographic resources, documentation, legislation, databases and software applications specific to biomedical engineering.

CE2 - Ability to identify, understand and utilise the principles of sensors, conditioners and biomedical signal acquisition systems.

CE3 - Ability to identify, understand and utilise the principles of monitoring, diagnostic and therapy equipments and systems.

CE5 - Ability to analyse and interpret biomedical signals and imaging.

CE7 - Ability to compare, classify and understand microsystems and nanobioengineering.

CE9 - Capacity to identify requirements in the organization of medical engineering services in health centres.





Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

— Meet the needs of the medical devices sector.

— Meet the needs of the biomedical technology industry.

— Identify the needs of different sectors described in the advanced overhead lines presented in the course.

— Know the biomedical engineering methodology used in R+D+i in companies, and in scientific research and technological centres and groups, both public and private.



Teaching blocks





Introduction; Simulating physiological and biological systems (Montserrat Vallverdú)


Computer graphics in bioengineering (Daniela Tost)


Medical robotics (Alícia Casals)


Design of biomedical instrumentation for telemedicine (Juan José Ramos)


Analysis and processing of biomedical signals (Raimon Jane)


Statistical computer analysis of biomedical data (Beatriz Giraldo)


Why biomedical engineers should care about bioinformatics? (Alexandre Perera)


Application of multibody dynamics techniques to human gait analysis and active orthosis design (Josep Mª Font)


New trends in biomaterials for the 21st century (Xavier Gil)


Ionizing radiation in medical imaging and therapy (Mercè Ginjaume/Maria Amor Duch)


Systematic reviews on evidence-based medicine (Mireia Fernández/M Ángel Garcia)



Teaching methods and general organization


The course consists of seminars given by experts of each of the topics.

Continuous assessment is applied in this course.

Examination details:

Assessment of the activities related to each lecture:

— attendance to the seminars is compulsory;
— mini exam (quiz) related to the presentation or the papers to be read before class;
— each student will need to write and assignment at the final of the course based on: “describing the state of the art of one of the given lecture topics”.

Midterm exam (1st mid-term): corresponds to the first part of the course. This is mandatory for all students.

The final exam is divided into two parts:

Part one (1st mid-term): corresponds to the first mid-term exam. Students who have not passed the first mid-term exam of the course or who want to improve their mark have to take this examination.

Part two (2nd mid-term): corresponds to seminars during the second part of the course. It is mandatory for all students.



Official assessment of learning outcomes


FINAL GRADE = 30% (1st mid-term) + 30% (2nd mid-term) + 40% (work + quiz + attendance)

All students are eligible to take the reassessment exam, which consists of a single written examination. Students who want to be reassessed should renounce to their previous grade, if any, before the test. The new obtained grade in this reassessment will replace the previous one.


Examination-based assessment

This option must be notified to the course coordinator within the first two weeks of the course. After this period, this option is not available.

Students following single assessment must pass a final examination.

• Computer tasks are required. Attendance at labs is mandatory but the laboratory assessment will be included in the final exam.

• Completing the final project is mandatory. Students must present it publically to be eligible for assessment.