Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


The construction of medical and industrial electronic products requires the ability to sense physical quantities, communicate signals, and generate stimuli for organisms and transducers, which are the main topics of this course. This course will introduce the principles required to build high resolution instrumentation systems for biomedical, industrial, and commercial applications. This includes electrochemical sensors, gas detection, pressure and flow rate sensors, and optical sensors. The principles for designing and analysing these circuits will be combined with practical skills for fabricating and testing these devices. Commonly used analogue circuit building blocks will be discussed, including high-order active filters, passive filters, biopotential amplifiers, and signal conditioning for data acquisition. To communicate between devices and measurement systems, the course will cover topics on isolation, serial data transmission, and RF circuit design. Drive and controller circuits will also be investigated for medical and industrial actuators such as valves, pumps, and small motors. A basic introduction to feedback control is provided to demonstrate the regulation of variables such as pressure, flow, and temperature. By the end of the course, students will be able to design and build industrial and medical electronic products that optimize a given set of design objectives, such as size, power requirements, accuracy, resolution, and cost.

Availability2022 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2022

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): ELEC4210. Students who have successfully completed ELEC4210 are not eligible to enrol in MENG4210.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Design optimal analog interface circuits for physical sensors and devices.

2. Construct electronic systems that meet electrical and medical safety requirements.

3. Design power management circuits for low-power electronics.

4. Design safety critical communications links between devices and other systems.


  • Noise in electronic circuits, interference, and shielding
  • Analogue amplifier and filter design, signal conditioning, data conversion
  • RF electronics design principles, transmission lines, impedance matching
  • Isolation, electrical and medical device safety
  • Drive circuits, power management, battery management


This course has similarities to ELEC4210. If you have successfully completed ELEC4210, you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

ELEC2430, ELEC3240

Assessment items

Quiz: Quiz

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Exercises

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

Project: Project

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks starting in week 1

Weeks 1-8, 11,12


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks starting in week 1

2x 2hour lectures per week

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.