2023-2024 / GBIO0029-1



30h Th, 15h Pr, 20h Labo., 20h Proj.

Number of credits

 Master of Science (MSc) in Biomedical Engineering5 crédits 
 Master of Science (MSc) in Electrical Engineering5 crédits 


Jean-Michel Redouté

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The unit covers the design of implantable as well as non-invasive medical electronic circuits.  the following topics will be discussed: bio-instrumentation and signal conditioning circuits; biopotential amplifiers; safety of electrical equipment; techniques for measuring physiological signals such as ECG and PPG; wireless inductive power links and telemetry for medical implants.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

After attending the course students will be familiar with:

- Sensing and conditioning of biopotential signals.

- Design requirements of biopotential amplifiers.

- The basics of electrical safety.

- Noninvasive recording of ECG, PPG, IPG and other physiological signals.

- Powering of implants using inductive coupling.

- Load-Shift Keying (LSK) based telemetry for biomedical implants.

This course contributes to the learning outcomes I.1, I.2, II.1, II.2, II.3, III.2, III.3, III.4, IV.2, VI.1, VI.2, VI.4 of the MSc in biomedical engineering.

This course contributes to the learning outcomes I.1, I.2, II.1, II.2, II.3, III.2, III.3, III.4, IV.2, IV.7, VI.1, VI.2, VI.4 of the MSc in electrical engineering.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

The electrical and electronic concepts required for understanding the circuit implementations covered in this unit will be explained in detail during an in-depth catch-up session, which will be organized during the first lecture.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

- 11 lectures.

- 3 tutorials.

- one practical project (ECG front-end design).


There will be no deferred assessment for the project (i.e. the project must be completed during the first session)

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Lectures will be recorded, and uploaded on "Mes Cours".

Recommended or required readings

Recommended reading:
- J. G. Webster,  Medical Instrumentation: Apllication and Design, 4th edition, Wiley, 2010.  
- R. Sarpeshkar, Ultra Low Power Bioelectronics, Cambridge University Press, 2010. 

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions )

Written work / report

Other : Demonstration

Additional information:

The examination will consist of a series of multiple choice questions and open questions, and will cover the theory, tutorial and project work content. The specific exam format will be discussed during the last lecture.  A formula sheet will be appended to the exam and distributed beforehand through "Mes Cours". Basic non-programmable calculators will be allowed.
The group project will be evaluated by means of a written report and a live demonstration.
- written exam (60%).
- group project (40%).

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Refer to "Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)" section here above.


Jean-Michel Redouté (jean-michel.redoute@uliege.be)
Hervé Pierre (hpierre@uliege.be)

Association of one or more MOOCs

There is no MOOC associated with this course.