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Archived Version 2015 - 2016

Module Title Surgical Device Technology
Module Code MM499
School School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

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Module Co-ordinatorDr Caitriona LallyOffice NumberS386
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

 To provide the students with an in-depth knowledge of the design, performance characteristics and manufacturing process characteristics  To expose students to real world problems associated with the use of a range of current surgical devices.  To provide the students with clinical experience and the ability to engage and communicate effectively with clinicians to solve design problems.  To familiarise students with the means by which the intellectual property in novel devices can be protected and the options available to bring such ideas to market.  To engender in the students an awareness of the constraints within the environment of medical practitioners and the ethical implications of their work.

Learning Outcomes

1.  Describe in detail a number of common surgical procedures using the appropriate medical terminology. (POa, POe, POf, POg)  State (i) the Bioheat Equation, (ii) Heat diffusion/conduction equation, (iii) Surface heat convection equation, (iv) Heat radiation equation (PO1)  List factors affecting heat generation and tissue necrosis during various ablation techniques used in minimally invasive surgery, i.e. laser, radio frequency, microwave, ultrasound and chemical ablation. Describe briefly the theory behind each surgical technique. (PO1,PO2)  Formulate analytical equations to estimate the heat generated in tissue by a variety of minimally invasive techniques and solve analytical problems using heat transfer equations and finite element software (PO1,PO2)  Outline the constituents of arterial tissue and describe how they contribute to the material behaviour of arterial tissue (PO1,PO2)  Interpret empirical data relating to the design of stents and catheters and translate the data into numerical formulae to describe the behaviour of stents and catheters. Give examples of different stent designs and materials used for balloon catheters and stents (PO2,PO3)  Outline the key design and operational mechanisms of a range of open surgical devices, endoscopic and laparoscopic surgical devices. Explain the optimisation techniques used when designing laparoscopic instruments (PO1,PO2,PO3)  Subdivide the constituent parts of a robotics problem, and apply appropriate assumptions to determine the relationship between the end-effector of a robot and its global coordinates (PO1,PO2,PO3)  Carry out a complete literature and patent search. (POd)  Carry out a brief design synthesis of a surgical device (POa, POb, POc, POd, POe)  Understand and discuss the need for ethical standards and practice in the design and use of surgical devices (POe)  Write and present a well organised project report (POa, POb, POc, POd, POe, POf, POg)

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Tutorial10No Description
Laboratory6Clinical Practice
Seminars4Invited talks
Total Workload: 44

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

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment30% Examination Weight70%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • 0: No textbooks are essential. Reference texts are:1. Minimally Invasive Medical Technology, Edited by J.G. Webster, Institute of Physics Publishing, Bristol and Philadelphia, 2001 (ISBN 0 7503 0733 1)2. Engineering Approaches to the Mechanical and Robotic D, 82937
  • 2010: Biodesign: The process of Innovating Medical Technologies, Cambridge University Press,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BMEDB.Eng. in Biomedical Engineering