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Module EIT-MEA-190-M-6

Analog and Power Electronics in Medicine and Biomedical Research (M, 4.0 LP)

Module Identification

Module Number Module Name CP (Effort)
EIT-MEA-190-M-6 Analog and Power Electronics in Medicine and Biomedical Research 4.0 CP (120 h)


CP, Effort 4.0 CP = 120 h
Position of the semester 1 Sem. in WiSe
Level [6] Master (General)
Language [EN] English
Module Manager
Area of study [EIT-MEA] Mechatronics and Electrical Drives
Reference course of study [EIT-88.781-SG#2010] M.Sc. Electrical and Computer Engineering [2010]
Livecycle-State [NORM] Active


Type/SWS Course Number Title Choice in
Presence-Time /
SL SL is
required for exa.
PL CP Sem.
2V+1U EIT-MEA-190-K-6
Analog and Power Electronics in Medicine and Biomedical Research
P 42 h 78 h - - no 4.0 WiSe
  • About [EIT-MEA-190-K-6]: Title: "Analog and Power Electronics in Medicine and Biomedical Research"; Presence-Time: 42 h; Self-Study: 78 h

Examination achievement PL1

  • Form of examination: oral examination (30 Min.)
  • Examination Frequency: each semester

Evaluation of grades

All partial module examinations have to be passed. The module grade is the weighted average of the partial examination grades according to the following weights:

  • grade of exam
  • voluntary technical project (up to 50%)
  • voluntary presentation about research (up to 33%)


Electromagnetic fields play a key role in modern medicine and medical nanotechnology. They allow looking into the body, particularly the brain, measure the anatomy in 3D, detect activation, read but also write signals. Electromagnetic fields can be used for a number of additional applications.

The course will give students from engineering and physics an introduction to the use of technology for medical purposes. The starting point of the course will be the nervous system and the brain as a widely electrical system.

Topics that will be covered:

  • neuroengineering and an introduction to basic neurophysiology
  • fundamental basic neuroanatomy
  • physics of signaling in neurons
  • electromagnetic properties of body tissue
  • detecting neural signals in the central (brain/spine) and the peripheral nervous system
  • cardiac monitoring (electrocardiography, ecg) and stimulation (defibrillation and pace making)
  • neurostimulation and neuromodulation: writing signals into the brain (invasively and noninvasively)
  • brain–machine interfaces
  • design of circuits to detect neural signals as well as to stimulate/modulate neural circuits
  • basics of imaging
  • magnetic resonance imaging for anatomical, functional, and connectivity scanning
  • introduction to medical device standards and device safety

Competencies / intended learning achievements

After completing this module you can...
  • ... analyze medical applications of engineering and physics with respect to examples examples from power and analog electronics.
  • ... define and explain basic terms and independently explore the field of medical technology.
  • ... explain the need in medical applications.
  • ... explain the operation of various medical devices.
  • ... summarize and explain practical aspects of high-impedance amplifier, component selection, noise aspects, and sources.
  • ... summarize and explain practical aspects of power electronics in the medical field (functionality and safety versus efficiency).
  • ... design low-noise high-impedance amplifiers for neural signals.
  • ... explain aspects of medical device regulations and risk assessment.
  • ... read scientific literature and summarize its content.

Requirements for attendance of the module (informal)

  • physics (electro- and magnetostatics, electro- and magnetodynamics recommended)
  • some knowledge or course on electronics recommended

Requirements for attendance of the module (formal)


References to Module / Module Number [EIT-MEA-190-M-6]

Course of Study Section Choice/Obligation
[EIT-88.781-SG#2010] M.Sc. Electrical and Computer Engineering [2010] [Free Elective Area] Elective Subjects [W] Elective Module
[EIT-88.A44-SG#2018] M.Sc. Media and Communication Technology [2018] [Free Elective Area] Technical Elective Subjects [W] Elective Module
Module-Pool Name
[EIT-AC-MSC-TW-MPOOL-7] General Elective Modules Master A&C
[EIT-EIT-MSC-TW-MPOOL-7] Technical Elective Modules Master EIT
[EIT-MKT-MSC-TW-MPOOL-7] Technical Elective Modules Master MKT