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NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

To provide the students with clinical experience and the ability to engage with clinicians successfully to solve design problems. To expose students to real world problems associated with the use of a range of current surgical devices. To provide students with the necessary skills to solve design problems in relation to specific surgical devices in conjunction with clinicians. 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 develop the necessary skills to communicate effectively with medical practitioners. 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.
2. Carry out a complete literature and patent search.
3. Describe possible routes to market for novel medical devices and the regulatory framework governing such devices.
4. Carry out a detailed design synthesis of a surgical device with subsequent analysis using experimental, numerical and/or analytical techniques.
5. Understand and discuss the need for ethical standards and practice in the design and use of surgical devices
6. Write and present a well organised project report

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars24Attendance at clinical procedures
Lecture12No Description
Directed learning12Discussion classes to support project work
Independent Study140No Description
Total Workload: 188

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

Energy Transfer and Electrosurgical Instruments Hemostasis, Coagulation and Cautery, Cutting Instruments, Mechanisms of therapeutic effect, Modes of Operation, Electrosurgical current waveforms and generators Ablation RF Ablation, Laser Ablation, Ultrasound ablation, Cryoablation, Microwave ablation, Chemical ablation Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques Minimally invasive cardiovascular surgery, Minimally invasive brain surgery, Minimally invasive ophthalmic surgery Surgical Manipulators and Robotics Principles, Concepts and Definitions, Co-ordinate Transformations, Homogenous Transformation Matrices, Trajectory Planning, Kinematic synthesis and analysis of Surgical Manipulators Application to Laparoscopic Instruments Synthesis and Design, Laparoscopic Stand, Flexible Stem Graspers, Force Reflecting Graspers, Application to Robotic Extenders, Kinematic synthesis and analysis of Robotic Extenders

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
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

  • edited by John G. Webster: 0, Minimally invasive medical technology, 0 7503 0733 1
  • Ali Faraz, Shahram Payandeh: 2000, Engineering approaches to mechanical and robotic design for minimally invasive surgery (MIS), Kluwer Academic, Boston, 0 7923 7792 3
  • edited by Albert M. Cook, John G. Webster: 1982, Therapeutic medical devices, application and design, Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 0 13 914 796 9
  • 2000: The Biomedical Engineering Handbook, Volumes 1 and 2, CRC Press, 26289
  • 1986: Medical Lasers, Science and Clinical Practice, Medical Science Series, Adam Hilger Ltd., Bristol and Boston, 26292
  • 1998: Medical Instrumentation; Application and Design, Wiley,
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