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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Rehabilitation Engineering
Module Code MM498
School School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Tanya Levingstone
Semester 2: Tanya Levingstone
Autumn: Tanya Levingstone
Module TeachersTanya Levingstone
Antony Kho
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

To familiarise the students with technology currently used to improve the quality of life of individuals with disabilities, and those recovering from trauma.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify, formulate, analyse and solve numerical models to represent the musculoskeletal system and apply these models to the development of prosthetics/orthotics used in rehabilitation engineering.
2. Demonstrate the fundamental principles and design considerations of medical instruments currently in use for rehabilitation, e.g. EMG, ECG, EEG electrodes.
3. Describe extensive applications of medical instruments for rehabilitation.
4. Describe the technology currently used for physiotherapy and rehabilitation purposes, e.g. back braces, wheelchairs etc.
5. Discuss current concepts/designs and potential modifications which may be introduced to improve rehabilitation engineering devices.
6. Describe and/or perform experiments to assess rehabilitation device designs fulfilment of design requirements.
7. Describe in detail various types of physical and sensory disabilities of a temporary and permanent nature and be familiar with the devices and technology used to diagnose and improve such disabilities.
8. Write and present a well organised project report.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Laboratory6No Description
Tutorial12No Description
Assignment Completion28No Description
Independent Study55No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Introduction to rehabilitation engineering

Modelling and simulation applied to biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system and prosthetics/orthotics

Wheelchairs and personal transportation

Wheelchair design

Wheelchair safety, standards and testing

Wheelchair support and seating

Rehabilitation engineering technologies: Principles and applications

Bioamplifiers - principles and design

ECG, EMG, EEG, EOG measurements - electrode principles and design

Stimulating electrodes

Design of medical instruments used in rehabilitation engineering

Sensory augmentation and substitution



Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment30% Examination Weight70%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Group assignmentStudents, in groups of two, are asked to compare and contrast patents for specific rehabilitation devices30%Week 12
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Nigg BM & Herzog W: 2007, Biomechanics of the Musculo-Skeletal System, 3rd, Wiley, 978-0-470-017
  • Cooper RA.: 1995, Rehabilitation Engineering Applied to Mobility and Manipulation, Institute of Physics, 978-0-750-303
  • Webster JG.: 2009, Medical Instrumentation; Application and Design, 4th, Wiley, 978-0-471-676
  • Teodorescu H-NL & Jain LC.: 2001, Intelligent Systems and Technology in Rehabilitation Engineering, The CRC International Series on Computational Intelligence, 978-0-849-301
  • Hedman G.: 1990, Rehabilitation Technology, Haworth Press, 978-1-560-240
  • Carr JJ & Brown JM.: 2000, Introduction to Biomedical Equipment Technology, 4th, Prentice Hall, 978-0-130-104
  • Bronzino J.D.: 2000, The Biomedical Engineering Handbook, 2nd Edition Volume 2, A CRC Handbook published in cooperation with IEEE Press, 9781439825334
  • R.A. Cooper, JH. Ohnanbe, D.A. Hobson: 2006, 9. An Introduction to Rehabilitation Engineering, Taylor & Francis,
Other Resources

38917, Web-book, Malmivuo J. & Plonsey, R., 1995, Bioelectromagnetism - Principles and Applications of Bioelectric and Biomagnetic Fields, New York, Oxford University Press, http://butler.cc.tut.fi/~malmivuo/bem/bembook/,
Programme or List of Programmes
BMEDB.Eng. in Biomedical Engineering
BMEDIB.Eng. in Biomedical Engineering
BMEDTBSc in Biomedical Technology
ECSAOStudy Abroad (Engineering & Computing)
Date of Last Revision22-AUG-05

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