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SYSC 4203 - Biomedical Instrumentation



Principles of physiological measurements and related instrumentation with particular applications to cardiology, lung function, cerebral and muscle signals, surgery and anaesthesiology, ultrasound measurements, and critical care for infants.


fourth-year status in Engineering.


Andy Adler
Office: Minto 7040
Phone: +1-613-520-2600 x 8785
Office Hours: Tues+Thurs: 9h30−11h30

Teaching Assistant

Daphne Townsend
Lab: MC6015
Office Hours: Fri 11h30-13h00.

Times and Locations

Section  Activity  Day  Location 
SYSC4203    LEC 1    Tues 16:00−17:30    ME3190   
   LEC 2    Thurs 16:00−17:30    ME3190   


The course text will be the course notes. An optional text will be: John G. Webster, Medical Instrumentation: Application and Design, 4rd Edition: ISBN: 0-471-67600-3 Hardcover 671 pages, ( Text web site powerpoint slides )


Work  Value
Assignments/Quizzes    15−25%
Labs    25% Midterm Exam    10−20%
Final Exam    35−45%

Exams (Quizzes, Midterm and Final)

  • Midterm exam is Oct. 29 (80 minutes, in class).
  • Final exam date will be set by the university
  • For all exams, you will be permitted a calculator and one (1) 8.5"×14" paper sheet containing any information you choose (double sided).
  • Previous Exams for similar undergraduate and graduate courses:
    BIOM5100: ( Final 08 Final 07b Midterm 07a, Final 07a) MCG4150: ( Midterm 06, Final 06, Final 05 Midterm 05)

Marks Policies

  • Late work Policy (without *excellent* excuse): 1) 20% if ≤ 7 days late, 2) 0 mark if > 7 days late.
  • If you have a question about a mark you have received, please fill out, sign and submit this form.
  • Academic fraud will be taken very seriously. Cooperation between students for assignments is expected and encouraged, however, copying of another's work is not. You should not be leaving a discussion with copies of another student's work.

Academic Accomodation

  • Students with disabilities requiring academic accommodations in this course must register with the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities for a formal evaluation of disability-related needs. Registered PMC students are required to contact the Centre, 613-520-6608, every term to ensure receipt of your Letter of Accommodation, no later than two weeks before the first assignment is due or the first in-class test/midterm requiring accommodations. If you require accommodation for your formally scheduled exam(s) in this course, please submit your request for accommodation to PMC by Nov 16, 2009.
  • Pregnancy obligation: write to me with any requests for academic accommodation during the first two weeks of class, or as soon as possible after the need for accommodation is known to exist.
  • Religious obligation: write to me with any requests for academic accommodation during the first two weeks of class, or as soon as possible after the need for accommodation is known to exist.
  • For more details see the Equity Services website

Labs / Quizzes

A Quiz will take place in the first 15 minutes of each lab session. Each quiz will be one question from the corresponding assignment list below:
No.  Lab / Quesions  Date 
1   Lab #1.   Sept. 18  

2   Lab #2.   Oct. 2  

3   Lab #3.   Oct. 23  

4   Lab #4.   Nov. 6  

5   Lab #5.   Nov. 20  

Course Outline

Date   Activity  
Sept. 10   Introduction. Thorax Anatomy and Physiology.
Slides #1, Slides #2,
Sept. 15 Sept. 17   Biological potentials. Electrocardiogram. Electrical Safety
Slides #3, Slides #4
Sept. 22 Sept. 24   Electrical Safety. Electrodes. Sampling and quantization
Slides #5, Slides #6, Slides #7, Slides #8,
Sept. 29 Oct. 1   Muscles & EMG; EEG
Slides #9, Slides #10,
Oct. 6 Oct. 8   Instrumentation Amplifiers, Biopotential Amplifiers,
Slides #11, Slides #12, Slides #13, AD620 [Analog Devices]
Oct. 13 Oct. 15   Measurement of blood pressure and sound.
Slides #14, Slides #15, Slides #16, Slides #17,
Oct. 20 Oct. 22   Measurement of blood flow and volume
Slides #18, Slides #19, Slides #20,
Oct. 27   Review
Oct. 29   Midterm Exam
Nov. 3 Nov. 5   Pulse oxymeters, photoplethysmography. Ultrasound flow measurement.
Slides #21, Slides #22,
Nov. 10 Nov. 12 Nov. 17 Nov. 19   Measurement of Respiratory system
Slides #23, Slides #24, Slides #25, Slides #26, Slides #27,
Nov. 19   Filters, signal enhancement and noise reduction
Slides #28,
Nov. 24 Nov. 26 Dec. 1   Medical Imaging overview: X-rays and nuclear medical imaging
Intro to Medical Imaging
Dec. 3   Review
Dec. 21   Final Exam 09:00 UC 378

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