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 and/or online activities



-  Lecture




Supervised project


Independent learning






The course is divided into theory lectures (compulsory attendance to at least 80% of them), active discussion, group or individual practical assignments (compulsory attendance to all presentations), and practical sessions in the laboratory (compulsory attendance to all sessions).



Competences to be gained during study


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

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

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

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

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

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

— Ability to analyse and interpret biomedical signals and imaging.

— Ability to compare, classify and understand microsystems and nanobioengineering.

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





Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

— Understand the needs of the healthcare products sector.

— Understand the needs of the biomedical technology sector.

— Correlate the needs of the above sectors with advances in the knowledge areas of the subject.

— Understand the R&D and innovation methodologies used by public and private companies, centres and groups devoted to scientific and technological research.



Teaching blocks


1. Introduction; Simulating physiological and biological systems (Montserrat Vallverdú)

2. Computer graphics in bioengineering (Daniela Tost)

3. Medical robotics (Alícia Casals)

4. Design of biomedical instrumentation for telemedicine (Juan José Ramos)

5. Biomedical signal analysis and processing (Raimon Jane)

6. Computer statistical analysis of biomedical data (Beatriz Giraldo)

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

8. Application of multibody dynamics techniques to the analysis of human gait and to the design of active orthoses (Josep Mª Font)

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

10. Ionising radiation in medical imaging and therapy (Mercè Ginjaume / Maria Amor Duch)

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



Teaching methods and general organization


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



Official assessment of learning outcomes


Students are assessed on a continuous basis.

Activities related to each lecture:

— attendance to seminars is compulsory;
— mini exam (quiz) on the presentations or the papers to be read before class;
— written assignment at the end of the course consisting of describing the state of the art of one of the topics covered in lectures.

Mid-term exam (1st mid-term), corresponding to the first part of the course. It is mandatory for all students.

Final exam, divided into two parts:

Part one (1st mid-term), corresponding to the first mid-term exam. Students who fail the first mid-term exam or who want to improve their mark have to take this examination.

Part two (2nd mid-term), corresponding to the topics covered in the seminars held during the second part of the course. It is mandatory for all students.

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

Repeat assessment

All students are eligible to sit the repeat assessment exam, which consists of a single written examination. Students who want to repeat assessment should renounce their previous grade, if any, before the exam. The grade awarded for the repeat assessment exam replaces the previous one.


Examination-based assessment

Students who opt for single assessment have to notify the course coordinator within the first two weeks of the course. After this period, all students must take the continuous assessment.

Students following single assessment must pass a final examination.

• Computer tasks are mandatory. Attendance at laboratory practicals is mandatory, but their assessment will be included in the final exam.

• Writting the final assingment is mandatory. Students must present it publicly to be eligible for assessment.