Cornell University
ECE 5030
Overview and Policy

This course is limited to MEng students and you may enroll only with permission. You should have some background in analog circuit design at the level of opamps. Some signal analysis would also be useful, as would a biology course. I will assume that you can progarm in Matlab.

Medical Instrumentation Application and Design (4th edition), by John G. Webster, Wiley, ISBN 978-0471676003

The purpose of this course is to enable students to build and understand the basis of electronic instrumentaton applied to signals coming from animals and humans.

This course is a design course. This means that we will expect you to show considerable creativity, flexibility, and motivation.
In particular you will need to:

Course Work

There will be lab assignments and a final project.

The course grade will be calculated as follows:

Laboratory work will be done in groups of two or three where, of course, collaboration is encouraged between members of the group. You will turn in one report per team. No written collaboration between groups is permitted. You are (of course) encouraged to help anyone in lab. If you feel that you have been unfairly graded, you have one week from the time the assignment is handed back to request a regrade. To request a regrade, you must submit the assignment with a written description of your concern attached to the instructor.

Each student in this course is expected to abide by the Cornell University Code of Academic Integrity. Any work submitted by a student in this course for academic credit will be the student's own work. For this course, collaboration is allowed between partners in a group. Students agree that by taking this course all required papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers will be included as source documents in the reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers. Use of service is subject to the Usage Policy posted on the site.
Examples of allowed/not allowed collaboration:
++ Allowed: All homework and code must be shared within a group.
-- Not Allowed: Sharing of any material between groups.
++ Allowed: Talking in lab about code with another group.
-- Not Allowed
: Emailing code to another group or using another group's keyboard to type code.
++ Allowed: Showing another group your circuit.
-- Not Allowed: Wiring for another group, or lending them your circuit.
++ Allowed: Talking about the contents of a lab report to another group.
-- Not Allowed
: Copying anything (even one sentence) from any web or print document, unless the source is stated and the quote is short.
++ Allowed: Using code from previous final projects or web sources with attribution.
-- Not Allowed: Using code from previous final projects or web sources without attribution.

In the event of a major campus emergency like an H1N1 flu outbreak, course requirements, deadlines, and grading percentages are subject to changes that may be necessitated by a revised semester calendar or other circumstances.More information about changes in this course will be available on the course web site if necessary.

Laboratory Reports

Each laboratory assignment requires a written report. You will submit a single report for your group. The report must be handed in at your assigned lab section, one week after the lab is finished. The report should be submitted as a collection of pages stapled or bound together.

The report should be a concise documentation of the project assigned. The presentation should be arranged so that any reader with technical competence in the subject can easily understand what was done and how it was done. The following report organization is suggested:

  1. Introduction: Give a short explanation of what was done.
  2. Design and Testing Methods: Explain the approach you used for both software and hardware aspects of the assignment. Be sure to include the design of tests whose outcome are convincing to the reader (or to the instructor in the lab) that the requirements of the assignment have been met.
  3. Documentation: Include here drawings and program listings, together with any explanatory comments needed.
  4. Results: How fast was it? How accurate was it? What were the error ranges? Screen shots, videos, sound recordings, frequency analysis or what ever is necessary to document the functioning of your project.
  5. Conclusions: Useability, what you might have done differently, etc. Any comments concerning the assignment, including suggestions for improvement, excuses, and complaints.
  6. Answers to specific questions given in the lab writeups.
  7. Commented listing of all programs which you write or modify.
  8. Schematics of any circuits which you build.

Academic Concerns

If you are experiencing undue personal or academic stress at any time during the semester or need to talk with someone about a personal problem or situation, I encourage you to seek support as soon as possible. I am available to talk with you about stresses related to your work in my class. Additionally, I can assist you in reaching out to any one of a wide range of campus resources, including:

DISABILITY-RELATED CONCERNS: Students with either an ongoing or short-term disability are encouraged to contact Student Disability Services (SDS) for a confidential discussion of their need for academic accommodations.SDS is located in 420 CCC building; phone number is 254-4545.