EEE8116 : Bioelectronics

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To develop a deep understanding of the principles of bioelectronics and their increasing importance to modern medical electronics. The course will cover the principles of electrochemical operation of cells and how to interact with them to provide therapeutic sensing and stimulus. This course will also provide an overview of modern prosthetic systems such as visual prosthetics, and electroceuticals

Outline Of Syllabus

The human bioelectronic system:
Understanding how our primary senses and organs are controlled through our nervous system.

Cellular bioelectronics:
The fundamental electrochemical-electronic nature of cells. How cells use chemical as well as electronic signaling, and inbuilt (G-protein) amplifier architectures. Specifically the operation of nerve cells and the Hodgkin Huxley nerve model will be covered.

The principles of biosensing, from electrical, chemical and optical means. In particular, neural recording amplifiers and micro-electronic architectures.

Neural stimulus:
Electronic stimulus of nerve cells, the effects on electrodes, including the water window and charge density limits. Electronic approaches and architectures for electronic stimulus

Optogenetic sensing and recording methods – genetically engineering cells to either be stimulated by specific wavelengths of light or to change their fluorescent state.

Exemplar systems:
Pacemakers, Sensory prosthetics, Motor prosthetics, and Electroceuticals

Regulatory issues:
What is the regulatory framework to build a clinical device?

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Written Exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion210:3010:30Revision for exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion54:0020:00Problem based learning assignment preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture62:0012:00Tutorial Class
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture212:0042:00Lecture
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching32:006:00Problem based learning sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1107:30107:30Reflecting on lecture material, background reading.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide core material and guidance for further reading.
6x Tutorials are to provide a small group problem solving environment and support preparation for the course examination.
A problem solving exercise will be presented to the students with 2x in class sessions to help the students explore the target problem and a third session to allow them to present the outcome of their efforts

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A75N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Poster2M25Assessed via presentation (Max 100 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This course will have two primary assessments: Exam and a Problem Based Learning assignment. The Examination assessment will be to determine student knowledge and learning and will be supported by three course tutorial sessions. The problem based learning assessment will be developed over two open book sessions with the third session being examined on the basis of a presentation. Assessment outcome will then be determined by the quality of the presentation, and background investigation performed by the student

Reading Lists