Course detail

Diagnostics of the Bio- and Ecosystems

FEKT-MDBEAcad. year: 2019/2020

This course is focused on sensing principles of electrical signals generated by organism, sensing principles of the nonelectrical signals generated by organism, devices for operation rooms, devices for physiological research, devices for diagnostic laboratories (physical principles used for testing hearing, eye field of view, properties of muscles and for cardiovascular system).

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Student is able to:
- formulate technical requirements on diagnostic instruments for specific application,
- list examples of instrumentation used in basic and specialized medical applications,
- describe principles of selected diagnostic methods and instrumentations in cardiology, audiometry, ophthalmology and neurology.
- define and discuss source of errors,
- assess suitability of given medical instrument for specific application.


Students registering for the course should be able to explain the basic principles of analog and digital signal processing and function of the basic semiconductor units and amplifiers of the signal. Generally, the knowledge of the Bachelor's degree level is required.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Bronzino J.:The Biomedical Engineering Handbook, CRC Preess, Boca Raton 1995
Kline I. et al.: Handbook of Biomedical Engineering, Academic Press, San Diego 1988
CHMELAŘ, M. Řešené příklady z předmětu diagnostika bio a ekosystémů. Brno: FEKT VUT v Brně, 2011. s. 1-107. ISBN: 978-80-214-4361- 7.
Rozman, J. a kol. Elektronické přístroje v lékařství, Academia, 2006

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Techning methods include lectures and practical laboratories. Course is taking advantage of e-learning (Moodle) system. Students have to write three assignment during the course.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Laboratory exercises: 0 - 20 points
Final exam: 0 - 80 points
Final exam composes of test part, which is focused on basic knowledge and terminology. Second part verify deeper understanding of selected part from medical diagnosis instrumentation.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

Differential amplifier - properties and parameters.
Block design of electrocardiograph.
Electromyography and electroneurography, conduction studies.
Electroencephalography - active/pasive electrodes, polygraphy, polysomnography, subdural EEG.
Eye anatomy and properties of vision.
Perimetry, intra-ocular pressure, EOG, ERG, eye ultrasound biometry, fundus camera.
Subjective and objective audiometry, otoacoustic emmission, tympanometry.
Spirometry, pneumotachography.
Invasive blood pressure monitoring. TIP catheters.
Spectrophotometry and its applications.


The aim of the course is to introduce the students with selected diagnostics instrumentation in medicine, specialized research and diagnostic laboratories.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Labs are obligatory. The properly excused missed laboratory exercise is to be replaced after agreement with the teacher during last week of the semester.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme EEKR-M1 Master's

    branch M1-BEI , 1. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory

  • Programme EEKR-CZV lifelong learning

    branch ET-CZV , 1. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Fundamentals seminar

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


eLearning: opened course