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A Bioinstrumentation Course For Sophomore Engineers

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.2.1 - 4.2.5

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John G. Webster

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Session 2309

A bioinstrumentation course for sophomore biomedical engineers

John G. Webster University of Wisconsin


The curriculum for the BSBME degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has a series of lecture-laboratory courses: bioinstrumentation, biomechanics, biomaterials, physiology for engineers, modeling of physiological systems, one each semester. Bioinstrumentation is taken in the fourth semester, with prerequisites of calculus, physics, and chemistry. It builds on physics to provide learning of electric circuits, instrumentation, and strength of materials. Because this course also serves as an introduction to the different areas of biomedical engineering, students learn to make measurements in all these areas. For biomechanics, they learn to measure stress and strain of bone and to measure gait. For biomaterials, they learn to measure molecular size and protein adsorption. They learn the principles and practices of measurements in the hospital clinical chemistry laboratory as well as in cardiology, radiology, and other clinics. They learn biostatistics, as well as the newer techniques in biotechnology, such as gene sequencing and biosensors. Twelve laboratories complement the text chapters at

Timetable listing

BME310 Bioinstrumentation (3 credits). Spring 1999, 11:00 TR + lab M, T 2:25. Prerequisites: Math 223, Physics 202 & Chem 103

Course description

This is a sophomore level first course in bioinstrumentation covering clinical and research measurements. Topics include: Measurement systems, signal processing, measurement of: molecules in clinical chemistry, biomaterials and tissue engineering; hematology; cells in biomaterials and tissue engineering; nervous system; heart and circulation; lungs; kidney; bone; skin; and the body. Twelve laboratory experiments complement the lectures.

This is the first required course in the new undergraduate curriculum in biomedical engineering.Most bioinstrumentation courses have emphasized measurements in the traditional biomedical engineering areas such as biomechanics, medical instrumentation, and medical imaging. I am developing a new text and course, that will build upon these traditional areas to include measurements in areas of growing importance, such as biosensors, cellular engineering, and tissue engineering. I would welcome suggestions for improvement.

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BIOINSTRUMENTATION, John G. Webster, editor


Webster, J. G. (1999, June), A Bioinstrumentation Course For Sophomore Engineers Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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