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Biomedical Sensors and Analyses, 7.5 Credits

Swedish name: Biomedicinska sensorer och analys

This syllabus is valid: 2023-08-28 valid to 2024-08-25 (newer version of the syllabus exists)

Course code: 3RA044

Credit points: 7.5

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Physics: Second cycle, in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
Biomedical Engineering: Second cycle, in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

Grading scale: Three-grade scale

Responsible department: Radiation Physics

Established by: Board of undergraduate education, 2022-11-07


The course addresses how physiological signals are measured and analyzed in healthcare and medical research, in particular the following fields are covered:

  • Signal theory
  • Pressure measurements
  • Flow measurements
  • Motion and force measurements
  • Temperature and heat flow measurements
  • Bioelectrical and biomagnetic measurement techniques
  • Chemical measurement techniques


Expected learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • Explain in detail the basic principles of different types of biomedical sensors
  • Explain in detail for the principles of how signals are recorded, amplified and analyzed in biomedical applications
  • Explain in detail the account for how biomedical sensors can be applied in clinical and research settings
  • Demonstrate thorough knowledge of measurement applications of the brain 

Skills and abilities

  • Demonstrate the ability to, orally and in written form, critically account for how sensors are used in healthcare
  • Be able to independently analyze a measurement system with regards to measurement uncertainty.
  • Demonstrate the ability to independently assess and critically compare choices of different sensors for measurement of for example pressure, flow, temperature or bioelectricity in a physiological context

Appreciation skills and approach

  • Critically reflect on the role of sensors and measurement systems in health care and medical research
  • Critically reflect on risk and benefit when using sensors in healthcare.

Required Knowledge

University: At least 90 ECTS credits including courses in Linear Algebra 7.5 ECTS, Analyses with multiple variables 7.5 ECTS, Electromagnetism 7.5 ECTS, Optics and wave physics 6 ECTS, Thermodynamics 6 ECTS, Physical Measurement Techniques (7,5 ECTS) or corresponding. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English A/6. Where the language of instruction is Swedish, applicants must prove proficiency in Swedish to the level required for basic eligibility for higher studies.

Form of instruction

Teaching is Campusbased and is conducted in the form of lectures and seminars as well as supervised laboratories and demonstrations. Participation in demonstrations and laboratories is mandatory. Teaching can take place in English.


Examination modes

Module 1: Theoretical part 4.5 credits
The modul is examined with written exam. Quizzes are given at the seminars and can provide bonus points for the written exam. The grade is assessed with Fail (U), Pass (G) or Pass with Distinction (VG).

Module 2: Laboration 3 credits.
The module is examined with written laboratory report. The grade is assessed with Fail (U) or Pass (G).

On the course as a whole the potential grades are Fail (U), Pass (G) or Pass with distinction (VG). The grade is based on the grade received on module 1 and will not be given until all obligatory modules have been approved. 

A student who has received a passing result on an exam may not take a new exam.

The examiner can decide on deviations from the examination form of the syllabus. Individual adaptation of the form of examination must be considered based on the student's needs. The form of the examination is adapted within the framework of the curriculum's expected study results. A student who needs an adapted examination, and who has received a decision on the right to support from the coordinator for students with disabilities at the Student Centre, must request adaptation from the department responsible for the course no later than 10 days before the examination. The examiner decides on an adapted examination, which is then notified to the student.

Other regulations

In the event that the course expires or major changes are introduced, the students are assured at least three occasions of examination (including regular examination) as prescribed in the syllabus to the course that the student originally registered in over a period of a maximum of two years from the previous syllabus expired.


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