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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARCS2194 Measurement and Instrumentation

20 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Ted Killan

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Audiology) programme specification for entry onto level 2 study
BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology) programme specification for entry onto level 2 study

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This is a shared module for both the Cardiology and Audiology routes of the BSc Healthcare Science programme. This module will provide the student with the knowledge and understanding of a range of common measurement and instrumentation techniques as well as providing specific discipline related knowledge that underpin Audiology and Cardiology investigations.


To understand and discuss the underpinning principles and properties of the measurement techniques that are fundamental to Healthcare Science investigations.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module, students will be able to:

1. Explain the basic equipment/techniques used and their operation within the relevant Healthcare Science Division.
2. Describe and explain the role of each modality in the patient pathway including the main clinical applications.
3. Discuss the underpinning principles of electronics, electrophysiological and psychophysical measurement and instrumentation as applicable to each specialism.
4. Explain the possible health effects of equipment and techniques used in each specialism including the legislative framework .
5. Describe and explain the quality assurance framework for equipment and techniques in each specialism.
6. Investigate principles and applications of biomedical imaging techniques
7. Demonstrate safe and precise technical skills using correct terminology whilst ensuring analytical and problem solving skills are developed.

Skills outcomes
Health and safety legislation
QA procedures and calibration
Practical skills for optimal use of measurement techniques


Common Content

Electronic circuits
Equipment functions and characteristics
Application and choice of equipment
Amplifier characteristics and functions
Noise and noise reduction
Operation, specifications, advantages and limitations of filters
Digitisation of signals
Computer acquisition, storage and analysis of physiological signals.
Biological and non-biological artefacts
Principles of calibration and maintenance of test equipment following national and international standards


Biological generation of electrical fields
Signal detection theory
Recording techniques


Techniques : ultrasound, general radiography, CT, MRI, isotopes, laser, biological hazards
Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Sleep Sciences content
Fluid dynamics: Poiseuilles law, laminar and turbulent blood flow
Measurement techniques underpinning the measure of:
Volume and flow measuring devices used to measure dynamic and static lung volumes.
Respiratory gas analysis
Pulse oximetry
Airflow, respiratory effort, body position, sound during sleep
Blood pressure measurement
Neurosensory Sciences content
Electrophysiology measures i.e. cochlear, visual, brain and nerve pathways

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours11.00
Private study hours163.00
Total Contact hours26.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

The rationale for the online MCQ’s and short answer questions is two fold: 1) to reinforce the retention of core information provided in the lectures and 2) to provide a formative element for the module manager to monitor students understanding of these key principles. The previous weeks questions will be discussed and answers provided with complimentary student interaction at the beginning of each lecture.
The online workbook will be accessed through the VLE allowing the lecturers access to monitor progress. This will be consolidated in the formal class setting using the tasks set as a means of online group learning with the added benefit of improving knowledge retention.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

PSRB approval will be required for this change in assessment.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:42:29


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