Course Contact Information

Instructor: Dr. Rebecca Reck
Office: 3130 Everitt Lab
Email: rreck@illinois.edu
Office Hours: Tuesdays from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm via Zoom. Join the queue for office hours.  Also available by appointment and via Campuswire.

Teaching Assistants:

Lab Assistants:


Laboratory to accompany BIOE414.

Use of sensors and medical instrumentation for static and dynamic biological inputs. Measurement of biomedical signals.

Expected Outcomes

By the end of class, students will be able to…

  1. Analyze, design, and construct operational amplifier and instrumentation amplifier circuits to amplify biosignals.
  2. Analyze, design, and construct filter circuits to filter unwanted signals from biosignals.
  3. Acquire electrical and biological signals by implementing virtual instruments with Agilent VEE, LabVIEW, or amplifiers coupled to a computer with other software.
  4. Understand biosensor and electrode design and apply them for signal acquisition.
  5. Understand the limitations of instrumentation in terms of accuracy, resolution, precision, and reliability.
  6. Understand the origin of cardiac and muscle biosignals and acquire data using ECG and electromyogram electrodes.
  7. Determine and characterize the factors that limit ultrasound and other imaging methods in biological tissue.
  8. Describe the requirements and limitations of bioinstrumentation in the clinical environment.
  9. Function and interact cooperatively and efficiently as a team member in completing laboratory projects.
  10. Present laboratory data in a written format.

Schedule and Location


  • AL1: Mondays from 12:00 – 12:50 pm on Zoom


  • AB3: Mondays from 1:00 – 3:50 pm in 0201 Everitt Laboratory
  • AB4: Wednesdays from 1:00 – 3:50 pm in 0201 Everitt Laboratory
  • AB2: Wednesdays from 4:00 – 6:50 pm in 0201 Everitt Laboratory


Required Software

  • LabVIEW (provided on lab computers)
  • TBD

Required Equipment

Each student will be required to bring the following equipment to complete each experiment:

  • Jumper wire assortment

Optional Resources

  • Textbook: Medical Instrumentation: Application and Design, 4th ed. John Webster (editor). (ISBN: 978-0-471-67600-3).
    Available in print, e-text, and on reserve in Grainger Engineering Library


Based on the following:

  • Lab experiments
  • Exams
  • Design project


Last updated: August 21, 2020