Undergraduate Course: Introduction to Bioelectronics 4 (ELEE11110)
|School||School of Engineering
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Bioelectronics, as introduced in this course, involves the application of electronic engineering principles to biology, medicine, and the health sciences. An important aspect of bioelectronics is the development of a communication interface between biological materials (cells, tissue and organs) and electronic components.
This course introduces the biochemical, biophysical and physiological concepts that are of relevance to bioelectronics, it also provides instruction in the basic science and engineering concepts required to understand the design and application of biosensors.
Biosensors are defined as self-contained integrated devices capable of providing analytical information, using a biological recognition element in conjunction with a secondary transduction element. Different biosensor systems are explored, ranging from electrochemical devices, through to optical or thermal systems. Instruction is also given in the general principles of sampling and analysis, statistical presentation and manipulation of data acquired by biosensors.
Finally this course examines the methods used to interface sensors for biological and biomedical applications with electronics. One focus will be on transducers, meaning devices which convert information from one form of energy to another. In this course the final form for the information will be an electrical signal but the transducers themselves could be optical, mechanical, etc., and operate in a number of different ways (eg., capacitive, potentiometric, photonic).
This introductory course provides background that will be of particular use for the Semester 2 lab-on-chip technologies course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 44,
Formative Assessment Hours 2,
Summative Assessment Hours 9,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the industrial and socioeconomic context of bioelectronics and biosensor development and their markets. Understand the basic physico-chemical properties of proteins and DNA, and the physiological properties of membranes, cells, tissues and some organs, together with an appreciation of the relationship between structure and function.
- Understand the distinction between the passive and active electrical properties of membranes, along with the origins of electrical signals emanating from the brain (electroencephalography) and heart (electrocardiogram). Design and use bioelectrodes, and understand the concept of transduction and methods of extracting information from bioelectronic-sensors and electrochemical biosensors.
- Understand the basic principles of biosensing in terms of biological, chemical and optical/photonic responses. Demonstrate knowledge of the general principles of sampling and analysis, statistical presentation and manipulation of data generated by biosensors.
- Demonstrate familiarity with the literature on bioelectronics and biosensors, including up to date knowledge of the state of the art and the direction of future developments. Understand and integrate knowledge from other engineering disciplines, particularly EEE and biomedical engineering.
- Analyse sensor outputs through the use of analogue circuit concepts. Understand typical electronic instrumentation for biosensors and important concepts such as calibration and references.
'Introductory Bioelectronics: for Engineers and Physical Scientists', R. Pethig and S. Smith, Wiley, 2012, ISBN: 978-1119970873
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Adam Stokes
Tel: (0131 6)50 5611
|Course secretary||Mrs Megan Inch-Kellingray
Tel: (0131 6)51 7079