3 ECTS credits
90 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 4017596DNR for all students in the 1st semester at a (D) Master - preliminary level.

1st semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Grading method
Grading (scale from 0 to 20)
Can retake in second session
Taught in
Partnership Agreement
Under interuniversity agreement for degree program
Faculty of Engineering
Electronics and Informatics
Educational team
Johan STIENS (course titular)
Benyameen KEELSON
Guoqiang HE
Activities and contact hours
18 contact hours Lecture
9 contact hours Seminar, Exercises or Practicals
9 contact hours Independent or External Form of Study
Course Content

-  Electrical networks (DC and AC) including linearity, Thévenin and Norton schematics, Bode diagrams and Cole-Cole plots with specific biomedical applications: cells, tissues, organs.

- Operational amplifiers and circuits with specific focus on biomedical instrumentation.

- Feedback and its effects on the behaviour of electronic circuits

- Bio-impedance sensors: comparison of various techniques: bridge methods, 2- verus 4 points measurements, balanced and auto-balancing techniques

- Field effect components such as the metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS)-capacitance, MOS-field effect transistor (MOS-FET), Ion-selective FET, Enzyme and DNA linked FETs with special attention to impact of external influences on their behaviour.

- Analysis of measurement systems, interference noise, front-ends +ADC, black box behaviour

Practical exercises aim to make the student familiar with the calculus of basic electronic circuits with focus on biomedical circuits applications, comprising resistances, capacitors, operational amplifiers, but also biomedical matter. Consequently practical measurement labs will be organized to get familiar with the practical measurement aspects.

The last part of the practical work consists of a project work: a practical contribution to the realization of a biomedical measurement system, with special emphasis on the safety aspects (e.g. galvanic shielding via opto-electronic coupling). After having tested this biomedical measurement system, the students will measure biomedical signals (ECG) on the human body and the results will be critically analyzed. A report will be prepared in team and a oral evaluation will take place on an individual basis.

Additional info
Lecturer at UGent: Prof. Pieter Rombouts Course available with references to literature
Learning Outcomes

Algemene competenties

Acquire basic knowledge about electronic devices, sensors and measurement systems applied in the biomedical domain. Acquire insights on passive and active electrical properties of the human body: cells, tissue, organs. The acquired knowledge must allow the student to pick up the evolutions in the domain of biomedical sensors and instrumentation and apply them in practical situations.

This course contributes to the following programme outcomes of the Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering:


4. reformulate complex engineering problems in order to solve them (simplifying assumptions, reducing complexity)
6. correctly report on research or design results in the form of a technical report or in the form of a scientific paper
8. collaborate in a (multidisciplinary) team


12. a creative, problem-solving, result-driven and evidence-based attitude, aiming at innovation and applicability in industry and society
13. a critical attitude towards one’s own results and those of others
14. consciousness of the ethical, social, environmental and economic context of his/her work and strives for sustainable solutions to engineering problems including safety and quality assurance aspects


18. To apply acquired knowledge and skills for the design, development, implementation and evaluation of biomedical products, systems and techniques  in the health care sector.



The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Oral Exam determines 75% of the final mark.
PRAC Practical Assignment determines 25% of the final mark.

Within the Oral Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • oral examination with a relative weight of 100 which comprises 75% of the final mark.

    Note: Oral examation (2/3) with closed book but a written preparation.

Within the PRAC Practical Assignment category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Project evaluation with a relative weight of 100 which comprises 25% of the final mark.

    Note: Permanent evaluation (1/3) of the practical work.

Additional info regarding evaluation

Oral examination: Students get a few questions about the content of the course with a very small moment to consult the course material. After this small inspection moment, the student prepare their answers in a closed book framework. Finally oral discussion with the examinator.

The report of the WPO assignment will be prepared in group and evaluated as a group work. Afterwards an oral discussion about the written report will take place on an individual base. Course and report material may be consulted.

Academic context

This course offer isn't part of a fixed set of graduation requirements. Hence, it is a free elective.