TTK4270 - Biomedical Instrumentation and Control


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

History of biomedical engineering. Ethics, moral, regulations and guidelines related to biomedical and medical-technical research, clinical trials and animal trials. Medical research methodology.

Basic human anatomy and physiology with emphasis on muscles, nerves, digestion and endocrinology.

Instrumentation for weak bioelectric signals (EMG, ECG, EEG, etc.).

Electric safety issues related to biomedical measurements, diagnostics and treatment.

The body's own control systems. Examples of "homeostasis", feedback, feedforward, oscillations etc. in the body.

Examples of applications in prosthesis control and diabetes (glucose control).

Learning outcome


  • Basic knowledge of the body’s anatomy and physiology, incl. main components and functions in the body’s organ systems.
  • Basic knowledge of the history of medical-technical research and development.
  • Basic knowledge of rules and guidelines related to medical-technical research and development (incl. ethical approval for clinical or animal studies).
  • Good knowledge of electric safety in biomedical instrumentation.
  • Basic knowledge of pharmacology and related topics.
  • Basic knowledge of important control mechanisms in the body.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of processes, functions and signals in selected organ systems (e.g., the muscular system, the nervous system and endocrinology).
  • Good knowledge of measurement principles and instrumentation relevant for different bioelectric signals of electric, chemical or mechanical nature (e.g., EMG, ECG, EEG, glucose sensing).
  • Good knowledge of noise and artifacts, as well as methods to minimize or mitigate this.


  • Discuss moral and ethical concerns in medical-technical research and development.
  • Explain and analyse examples of control mechanisms in the human body.
  • Apply bioelectric sensors and find suitable signal processing methods for such instrumentation.
  • Develop essential parts of the signal processing in a control system based on bioelectric input signals.
  • Analyse and evaluate electric safety in use of medical-technical equipment.
  • Design and evaluate essential parts of a biomedical closed-loop control system.

General competence:

  • Apply and evaluate principles of cybernetics and control engineering in biomedical applications.
  • Communicate effectively about biomedical/medical-technical concepts and systems.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, mandatory assignments, mandatory lab. Some of these will be in English.

Compulsory assignments

  • Assignments

Further on evaluation

  • Students are free to choose Norwegian or English for written assessments.
  • Re-sit examinations happen in August.
  • If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Specific conditions

Required previous knowledge

Course materials

Information on course material is given at the start of the semester.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Engineering Cybernetics
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Engineering Cybernetics


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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