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 qualificationsBSc (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
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis 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.
ObjectivesTo understand and discuss the underpinning principles and properties of the measurement techniques that are fundamental to Healthcare Science investigations.
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.
Health and safety legislation
QA procedures and calibration
Practical skills for optimal use of measurement techniques
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
BASIC PRINCIPLES AND METHODS OF ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY
Biological generation of electrical fields
Signal detection theory
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
Airflow, respiratory effort, body position, sound during sleep
Blood pressure measurement
Neurosensory Sciences content
Electrophysiology measures i.e. cochlear, visual, brain and nerve pathways
Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Independent online learning hours||11.00|
|Private study hours||163.00|
|Total Contact hours||26.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackThe 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
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Online Time-Limited assessment||2 hr 00 mins||100.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||100.00|
PSRB approval will be required for this change in assessment.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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