BME 301: Bioinstrumentation

Lectures: 8:00–9:15 TR, Anderson Hall Room 231
Office: Glenn Walker, Brevard Hall Room 341,
Office hours: Drop in or check my calendar and email me for an appointment.

Course Objectives

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

  • Explain the operation of instrumentation designed to measure physiological properties
  • Explain the operation of instrumentation used in biomedical research
  • Analyze the performance of instrumentation given system parameters
  • Design and create biomedical instrumentation

General Information

If you have questions during reading, solving homework problems, writing up assignments, studying for exams, etc., send me an email 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.


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%. HW turned in by a friend will be considered late.


Final Exam: Tuesday, Dec 10, 8:00–11:20 AM in Anderson 231.

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


The final course grade comprises:

Homework 15%
Exams 55%
Final 30%

Final grades will be assigned based on the following scale:

Percentage Letter
>=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 HW Handouts
1 Aug 27 Introduction (Ch. 1)
2 Aug 29 Basic Concepts (Ch. 1)
3 Sep 03 Sensors (Ch. 2)
4 Sep 05 Sensors (Ch. 2)
5 Sep 10 Amplifiers (Ch. 3)
6 Sep 12 Amplifiers (Ch. 3)
7 Sep 17 Filters (Ch. 3)
8 Sep 19 Filters (Ch. 3)
9 Sep 24 Review
10 Sep 26 Exam 1
11 Oct 01 Biopotentials (Ch. 4)
12 Oct 03 Biopotentials (Ch. 4)
13 Oct 08 Redo Exam
14 Oct 10 Electrodes (Ch. 5)
15 Oct 15 Electrodes (Ch. 5) HW6
16 Oct 17 Amplifiers (Ch. 6)
17 Oct 22 Amplifiers (Ch. 6) HW7
18 Oct 24 Review
19 Oct 29 Exam 2
20 Oct 31 Blood pressure (Ch. 7)
21 Nov 05 Blood pressure (Ch. 7)
22 Nov 07 Blood pressure (Ch. 7) HW8
23 Nov 12 Flow and volume (Ch. 8) HW9
24 Nov 14 Flow and volume (Ch. 8)
25 Nov 19 Review
26 Nov 21 Exam 3
Nov 26 Thanksgiving
Nov 28 Thanksgiving
27 Dec 03 Electrical Safety (Ch. 14)
28 Dec 05 Electrical Safety (Ch. 14)

University of Mississippi Policies

Academic integrity

Students are expected to adhere to the guidelines for academic integrity outlined in the University of Mississippi Policy for Academic Conduct and Discipline. Cases of misconduct will be addressed according to the procedures outlined in the Policy. 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 the Office of Student Disability Services at 234 Martindale, 662-915-7128.


Students are expected to attend all classes. Read the Credits and Grades Policy (ACA.AR.200.003) and the Guidelines for Class Attendance Policies (ACA.AR.200.004) for more information. If you anticipate an excused absence on a due date, please notify me so that we can agree on an alternate due date.

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