Course detail

Practics of Functional Diagnostics

CESA-SPFDAcad. year: 2020/2021

This subject is focused on the extension of theoretical knowledges and gain of practical skills about methods and technology used in functional diagnosis. Students will deal with diagnosis instruments and their technical parameters. The next profit will be practical experience with instruments control, calibration and problems, which can appear during measurement process.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will obtain practical skills with diagnosis instruments. The student is able to:
- Choose suitable instrument and measure basic physiological parameters like weight, height, blood pressure, heart rate, breathe rate, oximetry
- Connect electrodes and measure ECG using clinical instrument
- Evaluate important parameters of fitness devices, configuring own device
- Connect electrodes and make measurement of EMG and evoked potentials
- EMG measurement using wireless system including movement monitoring
- Walk and stability measurement

The test is oriented to verify, that student is able to:
- Describe basic principles used in electric signal sensing from the human body
- Describe basic principles used in diagnosis of basic function of the human body like breath rate, blood pressure, heart rate, ect.
- Describe principles of evaluation of physiological parameters


Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

CHMELAŘ, M. Lékařská laboratorní technika. 2001.
CHMELAŘ, M. Lékařská přístrojová technika, 2005, Akademické nakladatelství CERM (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations. Teaching methods include computer laboratories. Course is taking advantage of e-learning (Moodle) system.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Test is oriented to problems during each measurements and their solvings.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Basic physiological measurements, weight, height, heart rate, breathe rate, blood pressure. Principles, methods and recommendations for measurements
2. Automatically measurements of blood pressure. Comparison with the mercury blood pressure
3. Spirometrical measurements, comparison of the pressure and turbine spirometer. Breath monitoring using chest belt
4. Pulse oximetry
5. ECG measurement. Using of the clinical ECG (Schiller)
6. ECG measurements using fitness instruments and wearables (Arduino + ECG/EMG Shield, Bitalino, Vernier)
7. Stress test ECG, holter monitoring
8. EMG measurement. Using of EMG system TrueScan for EMG and for evoked potential
9. EMG measurement for training and therapeutic purposes using 16-chanell wireless EMG (Cometa Systems) with 3D accelerometers for movement monitoring
10. Force measurements using grip sensor and plate sensor
11. Walk and postural stability analysis using pressure plate (Zebris)
12. Rehabilitation on moving trainer (Thera-vital)


Students gain practical experiences by working with diagnosis instruments, which are used in functional diagnosis. They also extends their theoretical knowledge about principles using in these instruments.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Laboratory exercises are compulsory, properly excused exercises absences can be substitute at another time after consultation with the teacher.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BPC-STC Bachelor's, 3. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

39 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

The other activities

13 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer