BME 210 Biomedical Electronics - Spring 2018

Lectures: 10:15–11:30 TR, Room 1011 Engineering Building I
Office: Glenn Walker, 4206C EB3,
Office hours: Drop in or check my calendar and email me for an appointment.
Labs: Room 4118 EB3. Labs start the week of Jan 15.

Section Time TAs
201 12:50–3:35 W Michael Iasiello & Anna Keyser
202 12:50–3:35 R Philip Barker & Michael Iasiello
203 4:10–6:55 R Neil Cornwell & Victoria Cosenza
204 4:10–6:55 W Bradley Davis
205 8:30–11:15 F Victoria Cosenza & Anna Keyser

Recommended Text: Engineering Circuit Analysis (8th Edition), W. H. Hayt, J. Kemmerly, S. Durbin, McGraw-Hill 2012.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

General Information

If you have questions during reading, solving homework problems, writing up lab reports, studying for exams, etc., send me an email message with the question. I will respond to all students, “A student asked the following question…” so you will not be identified. Office visits are also welcome. Send suggestions for improvement of any aspect of the course to me or the TAs.


Homework is due at the beginning of class on the due date.

Homework is assigned to help you practice applying the principles you learn in class. If you are late to class, so is the homework. Late homework will receive a maximum grade of 50%. After 24 hours, late HW will receive a grade of 0%.

Homework guidelines

Example homework

Extra practice

The best way to learn how to solve circuits problems is through practice. To see examples of how to solve circuits problems, visit Circuits Learned by Example Online at Rose Hulman.


Final Exam: Tuesday, May 8, 8:00–11:00 AM in 1011 EB1.

Bring your own calculator to the exams—cell phones will not be allowed as a substitute. Check your batteries before the exam. You will be given a sheet with all necessary identities or equations. Exams missed with certified medical excuses or prior instructor approval will be dealt with individually.


The final course grade comprises:

Homework 7.5%
Quizzes 7.5%
Exams (2 total) 35%
Final 30%
Lab 20%

Final grades will be assigned based on the following scale:

Percentage Letter
>=97 A+
96–93 A
92–90 A-
89–87 B+
86–83 B
82–80 B-
79–77 C+
76–73 C
72–70 C-
69–67 D+
66–63 D
62–60 D-
<60 F

Course Schedule

Lesson Date Topic (Chapter) HW Handouts
1 Jan 09 Intro
2 Jan 11 Kirchoff’s laws
Due Jan 23
3 Jan 16 Voltage division
Current division
Current Division
4 Jan 18
5 Jan 23 Node analysis
Mesh analysis
Due Jan 30
Nodal Analysis
Example supernode prob
6 Jan 25 Analysis
Mesh Analysis
7 Jan 30 Linearity
Source xform
Due Feb 06
8 Feb 01 Thevenin
Example Norton
Example Thev VCCS
9 Feb 06 Op-amps
Due Feb 13
Op-Amp rules
10 Feb 08 Op-amps
Lab Quiz 1 IO
Exam 1 IO
11 Feb 13 Review Old Exams 1
Feb 15 Exam 1
12 Feb 20 No class
13 Feb 22 Capacitors
Due Mar 01
14 Feb 27 RL circuits
RC circuits
Due Mar 15
15 Mar 01 Natural response
Forced response
Driven circuit rules
Example Forced RC
Mar 06 Spring Break
Mar 08 Spring Break
16 Mar 13 Sinusoidal analysis
Complex numbers
17 Mar 15 Phasors
Due Mar 22
18 Mar 20 Phasor nodal
Phasor mesh
Lab Quiz 2 IO
Superposition ex
19 Mar 22 Resonance
Due Apr 03
20 Mar 27 Bode diagrams
21 Mar 29 Bode diagrams
Filtering slides
Exam 2 IO
Apr 03 Review Old Exams 2
22 Apr 05 Exam 2
23 Apr 10 Signal acquisition
Nyquist (Handout)
(from handout):

1, 10a, 11, 13, 24, 25
Due Apr 17
DSP Handout
24 Apr 12 Diodes Slides
25 Apr 17 Review
Bioinst. Amplifier
26 Apr 19 Binary math
Logical operators
Due Apr 26
Boolean Handout
27 Apr 24 Digital circuits Minterm/Maxterm Tables
28 Apr 26 Review Final Exam IO


The lab component of the course constitutes 20% of the overall grade. The lab grade is broken down as follows: 10% for weekly lab reports and 10% for lab quizzes.

Lab Schedule

Week Topic Lab
Jan 15
Jan 22 Equipment Overview 1
Jan 29 Multisim & Matlab 2
Feb 05 Mesh & Nodal Analysis 3
Feb 12 Op-amps 4
Feb 19 Lab Quiz 1 Signup Sheet
Feb 26 Capacitors & Inductors 5
Mar 05 Spring Break
Mar 12 Sinusoidal Analysis 6
Mar 19 Frequency Response & Filters 7
Mar 26 Spring Holiday
Apr 02 Lab Quiz 2 Signup Sheet
Apr 09 A/D Conversion 8
Apr 16 Project 9
Apr 23 Project cont’d

Weekly lab reports

Short (~1 page, excluding attachments) lab write-ups will be due weekly at the beginning of each lab section. Each student should write his/her own lab report. Turn in a printed copy of your report at the beginning of lab and submit an electronic copy on Moodle. If you are late to lab, your report will be considered late and receive 50% credit.

Lab report guidelines

Example lab report

NCSU Policies

Miscellaneous information that NCSU requires on a syllabus

Course prerequisites, co-requisites or statement on enrollment restrictions.

PY 208 or 209, BME Majors Only

Designation of course as fulfilling a General Education Program (GEP).


Student expenses

Optional textbook.

Course structure (such as group activities, lectures, discussion, labs, field trips, studio, etc.). Explain how the course will operate.

Group activities, lectures, and labs.

Statement on safety and risk assumption in courses requiring a laboratory

This course teaches you about electronics. Because circuits use electricity there is a chance that you will get shocked if you do something foolish in lab. So, please, pay attention to the safety information in Lab 1.

Because this course uses electronic course components, I am required to include this statement:

“Students may be required to disclose personally identifiable information to other students in the course, via electronic tools like email or web-postings, where relevant to the course. Examples include online discussions of class topics, and posting of student coursework. All students are expected to respect the privacy of each other by not sharing or using such information outside the course.”

Academic integrity

Students are expected to adhere to the guidelines for academic integrity outlined in the NCSU Code of Student Conduct. Cases of misconduct will be addressed according to the procedures outlined in the Code. Your signature on any submitted work implies that you have neither given nor received unauthorized aid.

Student disabilities

Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with verifiable disabilities. In order to take advantage of available accommodations, students must register with Disability Services for Students at 2221 Student Health Services Building, 2815 Cates Avenue, Campus Box 7509, 919-515-7653. For more information on NC State’s policy on working with students with disabilities, please see the Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities Regulation.


Students are expected to attend all classes. Read the NCSU attendance policy for definitions of excused absences. If you anticipate an excused absence on a due date, please notify me so that we can agree on an alternate due date.

Class evaluation

Online class evaluations will be available to students at classeval.

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