Biomedical Engineering is an exciting and multidisciplinary field that combines expertise in a wide range of engineering techniques, anatomy and physiology, medicine, healthcare and the personal and societal context in which patients and their carers live, and in which health-services and the healthcare industry operates. This module aims to provide an overview of technologies, and provide an awareness of the diverse challenges that form the background to research, development and use of Healthcare Technologies.
Aims and Objectives
Disciplinary Specific Learning Outcomes
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Demonstrate self-study and communication skills in a multidisciplinary environment
- Describe and explain key healthcare technologies for diagnosis, monitoring, therapy and as prostheses (including implantable devices and artificial organs) and for the discovery of new knowledge in medicine and biology.
- Demonstrate an understanding of professional and ethical conduct in Biomedical Engineering
- Analyse key issues in the design of medical devices, including specification, regulatory frameworks, safety and ethics and usability
- Critically assess societal implications of healthcare technology, including economics and healthcare policy and patient and carer experience.
1. Key fields and technologies in biomedical engineering, such as
◦ Instruments and devices.
◦ Signal processing.
◦ Stimulators (deep brain, FES ...).
◦ Robotics for rehabilitation
◦ Implantable devices:
◦ Hearing aids.
◦ Artificial organs.
d. Assisted living
e. Knowledge generation
◦ Modelling/in-Silica medicine.
2. Introduction to principles of governance
c. Safeguarding/DBS etc.
d. Data protection/anonymization.
e. Regulatory framework for medical devices.
3. Patient and carer experience.
a. What is good/bad technology?
b. Health and disability.
c. Personalized medicine.
d. Public and Patient Involvement (PPI).
e. Introduction to evidence-based practice.
4. Design of medical technologies
a. Co-design in health-care technologies.
b. Assessing usability.
5. Health care policy and economics
a. Introduction to healthcare technology assessment.
b. Economic contribution of medical technologies.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
1. Lectures by module staff and invited specialists.
2. Flipped classroom interactive learning and discussion.
3. Problem-based learning in groups (with assignment).
4. Stuctured meetings/discussion with patients, carers and health-care professionals.
5. Project work: Designing a biomedical engineering device – more than just the latest technology (with report).
|Supervised time in studio/workshop||2|
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||30|
|Practical classes and workshops||4|
|Wider reading or practice||15|
|Completion of assessment task||30|
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
Resources which are required/ or useful. Existing library books on biomedical engineering (a few new titles and increased numbers for some current titles will be required). Transport for off-site visits Journals currently in the library. Project work: technical support for design and mock-ups (if appropriate).
This is how we’ll give you feedback as you are learning. It is not a formal test or exam.Set Task Assignment
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
An internal repeat is where you take all of your modules again, including any you passed. An external repeat is where you only re-take the modules you failed.
Repeat type: Internal & External