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Archived Version 2020 - 2021

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NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 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. Carry out a Determination of Needs and clearly present a Needs Statement and Design Requirements for a particular Device.
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
Lecture12No Description
Directed learning24Directed group work sessions
Seminars9Attendance at clinical procedures
Group work100No Description
Independent Study42.5No Description
Total Workload: 187.5

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

Whilst the Stanford Biodesign Course comprises two successive modules, the focus of this MM500 module is in the early stage of the innovation process, namely needs finding through to concept creation with some additional focus on concept selection. In particular, the module will also explore how engineering technologies may be used to explore the feasibility of each concept proposed whereby technical workpackages will be proposed which will enable the best concept to be identified with a view to commercialisation in the longer-term. The module is completely continuously assessed. Each student is assigned a surgical device from one of these medical disciplines to determine improvements that can be made to the device. Each student completes a written report and presentation outlining the detailed design synthesis of the specific surgical instrument/device.

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

  • Zenios, Makower & Yock: 2010, Biodesign: The process of Innovating Medical Technologies, Cambridge University Press, 978-052151742
  • Paul Yock, Stefanos A. Zenios, and Todd J. Brinton: 2010, Biodesign: The Process of Innovating Medical Technologies, 1, Cambridge University Press, New York, 978-052151742
  • John G. Webster: 2001, Minimally invasive medical technology, Institute of Physics Publishing, Bristol and Philadelphia, 0 7503 0733 1
  • A. Faraz, S. 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, 205516
  • 1986: Medical Lasers, Science and Clinical Practice, Medical Science Series, Adam Hilger Ltd., Bristol and Boston, 205517
  • 1998: Medical Instrumentation; Application and Design, Wiley,
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