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Course module: 201400282
Course infoSchedule
Course module201400282
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact B.C. Schwab
Lecturer B.C. Schwab
Contactperson for the course B.C. Schwab
Academic year2021
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
The aim of the course is to obtain a basic understanding of the theory of electromagnetic fields and of bioelectric phenomena, with emphasis on both a formal description and numeric simulations. Knowledge on electromagnetics serves as the basis for understanding various clinical methods for measurement and analysis of these bioelectrical signals (diagnosis), for development and use of electrical and magnetic stimulation techniques for nerve and muscle activation (therapy). This course provides the foundation to understand and to improve such methods.
In this course, a general introduction to the theory of volume conduction of ionic currents (bioelectric sources), based on Maxwell's equations, is presented. This generalized approach can be applied to the various electrophysiological and biophysical processes underlying the generation of bioelectrical activity (nervous system and muscles) which generate the electrical and magnetic signals that can be measured noninvasively on the body surface, such as the electroencephalogram (EEG)/magnetoencephalogram(MEG), the electrocardiogram (ECG)/ magnetocardiogram(MCG), and the electromyogram (EMG). These signals provide information on the (patho)physiological condition of the corresponding tissues in clinical situations.
With this course, students should be able to:
  • analytically describe static electric and magnetic fields of simple setups (e.g. current sources in a homogeneous medium)
  • analytically describe simple cases of electromagnetic waves based on Maxwell’s equations
  • numerically compute examples of static electric and magnetic fields in more complex volume conductors
  • adapt these numeric simulations to problems in biomedicine, e.g. neurology or cardiology
  • write a short paper on a specific problem with clinical relevance.
Assumed previous knowledge
Neurophysiology, Electric circuit analysis, Matlab basic programming skills, vector analysis
Participating study
Master Biomedical Engineering
Required materials
Recommended materials
Lectures on Physics Volume II, Feynman, ISBN 978-0-465-07998-8
Bioelectricity – A Quantitative Approach, Plonsey and Barr, ISBN 978-0-387-48864-6
Bioelectromagnetism, Malmivuo and Plonsey, ISBN 0195058232
Instructional modes

Self study without assistance



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