Fall 2021 - BPK 409 D100

Wearable Technology and Human Physiology (3)

Class Number: 7689

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    BPK 305 and 306.



Wearable technology hardware will be provided for use at home to measure, analyze and understand your own physiology, including aspects of your muscular and cardiovascular systems. In remote labs, you will use computer programming to implement industry-standard algorithms to analyze and understand the physiological measurements.


In online lectures, students will learn how state-of-the-art wearable technology is used to measure, analyze, and understand human physiological systems including muscular, nervous, and cardiovascular systems. In remote labs, students will get hands-on experience using wearable technology hardware to measure aspects of their own physiology, and computer programming to implement industry-standard algorithms to analyze and understand these measurements. Students will be provided with wearable technology hardware that they can use at home to complete the labs. This course reinforces many of the theoretical physiology concepts presented in BPK 305 and BPK 306.

The format of the course is a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning. Students will work remotely through the course content and attend a synchronous online laboratory session each week. There will not be a final exam for this course.


This course focuses on the following six aspects of good laboratory technique:

  • Build and operate wearable technology.
  • Record and analyze physiological data using wearable technology.
  • Identify sources of error.
  • Write a clear, concise and well-organized laboratory report.
  • Design an experiment that will use wearable technology to answer a physiological question.
  • Present research findings by utilizing a presentation and written article.


  • Lab participation 5%
  • Lab reports (x4) 40%
  • Weekly pre-lab quizzes (x10) 25%
  • Project written article (Week 13) 20%
  • Project Presentation (Week 13) 10%


Each student will receive a wearable technology hardware kit.
All other course material will be provided online at no charge.



Students will require 409 hardware kits to complete this course. Systems will be distributed by the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology.  There will be an additional $50 fee added to the tuition fee for this course to offset the wearable technology hardware cost. The University will subsidize the remaining cost for the hardware kits (~$150). Every student will have the use of their own wearable technology hardware kit.

A refundable $100 CAD equipment deposit will be charged to your Student Account. This amount will be refundable upon return of the lab kit in good condition by the return deadline date.  Kits will be available for pick up at the BPK General Office, room K9625 Mondays to Fridays (9AM-4PM) commencing Sept 7, 2021.


All course reading material will be provided on the BPK 409 Canvas site.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

It is the responsibility of the student to keep their BPK course outlines if they plan on furthering their education.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.