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HL2002 Medical Instrumentation and Signal Processing 6.0 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus HL2002 (Autumn 2007–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Fields covered by the course are physiological sensing devices, the origins and meaning of biosignals, electrodes for measurements of biosignals, and physiological instrumentation. Methods for measurements of pressure, flow and volume will be discussed in the context of blood and respiratory gases. Signal processing applied to biosignals. Potentials, limitations and sources of errors in various methods.

The material will be presented during a number of lectures. Participants will then apply the material in some homework (of the type calculations), and in 2 laboratory exercises.

Intended learning outcomes

The course provides insight in principles, applications and design of medical sensing systems and in the signals originating from such systems. Presentation will be on a general level in parallel with clinical examples of devices.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Medical engineering, basic course, 7E1101, HL1007, HL2006 or corresponding course.

Recommended prerequisites

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Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Brown BH et al, Institute of Physics Publishing, 1999.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • TEN1 - Examinsation, 6.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Written examination 6 cr.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web HL2002

Offered by

CBH/Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems

Main field of study

Electrical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

5A1414 Radiation Detectors and Medical Imaging systems, 5 p
7E1112 Implants and biomaterials, 4p,
7E1114 Radiation physics and biology, 4p,
7E1115 Engineering in intensive care and anestehsia, 4p,
7E1110 Quality and regulatory aspects on medical devices, 2p.


Stig Ollmar,

Supplementary information

The number of participants is limited.