BMET5953: Rehabilitation Engineering (2021 - Semester 1)

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Unit: BMET5953: Rehabilitation Engineering (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Biomedical Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr McEwan, Alistair
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: Rehabilitation Engineering is a staple course of biomedical engineering programs worldwide. This unit focuses on rehabilitation devices, external and internal, for communication and mobility.

Rehabilitation engineering is the application of engineering analysis and design expertise to overcome disabilities and improve quality of life with assistive technologies. The course will cover the inclusive design or 'design for all' process with consumer engagement, human-computer interfaces, mobility and communication needs. All students will design a project that addresses an unmet need. There will be visits to disability services organisations and learn about the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The course will be taught through lectures and the design lab including computational and hands on design. Communication skills will be tested through a project 'pitch' presentation. Some teaching will be provided by rehabilitation engineers working in industry.
Assumed Knowledge: 1000-level mathematics and 1000-level biology
Timetable: BMET5953 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 1.00 1 13
2 Site Visit 3.00 1 2
3 Project Work - own time 2.00 2 12
4 Laboratory 2.00 1 12
T&L Activities: Engineering analysis and design, consumer engagement, human-computer interfaces, mobility and communication needs.

All students will design a project that addresses an unmet need.

There will be visits to disability services organisations and learn about the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

The course will be taught through lectures and the design lab including computational and hands on design. Communication skills will be tested through a project 'pitch' presentation.

Some teaching will be provided by rehabilitation engineers working in industry.

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Design for disability, communication and mobility (3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3)
User based design methods project (4) Design (Level 3)
Design for inclusion (5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 4)
Major project presented in report and pitch (6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3)
Team project through laboratory and participation (7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3)
Human centred research (8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 3)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3)
1. Communication skills
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3)
2. Computational and hands on design.
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 3)
3. industry work practices
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 4)
4. consumer engagement, mobility and communication needs.
(4) Design (Level 3)
5. Engineering analysis and design,
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3)
6. human-computer interfaces
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Quizzes No 30.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6,
2 Labs Yes 20.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
3 Pitch Yes 15.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 3, 4, 6,
4 lecture and lab participation, discussion boards Yes 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
5 lab project report No 25.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6,
Assessment Description: Quizzes: quizzes to provide early feedback

Lab Skills: Laboratory work

Pitch: Project product pitch

Participation: lecture participation, lab work, discussion boards

Lab project report: individual written report and business plan

You must get 50% in the individual (non-group work) components to pass the unit, regardless of the sum of your individual marks.

The penalty for lateness is 5% per day. Assignments more than 10 days late get 0.

The University has authorised and mandated the use of text-based similarity detecting software Turnitin for all text-based written assignments.
Assessment Feedback: continuous quiz results and solutions, detailed feedback in lab sessions and from marked reports and assignments

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 Lecture: Introduction to rehabilitation engineering
Week 2 Introduction to user based design for inclusion
Week 3 Communication needs
Week 4 Mobility needs
Week 5 Rehabiliation robotics
Week 6 Neuroplasticity
Week 7 How to pitch
Week 8 Human computer interfaces
Week 9 Ethics and regulation
Week 10 National disability insurance scheme
Week 11 Cybernetics
Week 12 Human clinical trial design
Week 13 Review

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Biomedical Mid-Year 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
Biomedical/ Project Management 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
Biomedical 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
Biomedical / Arts 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
Biomedical / Commerce 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
Biomedical / Medical Science 2017
Biomedical / Music Studies 2017
Biomedical / Project Management 2017, 2018
Biomedical /Science 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
Biomedical/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
Biomedical / Law 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
Biomedical/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
Master of Engineering 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Biomedical) 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical) 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3) Yes 30%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3) Yes 5%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 3) Yes 18%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 4) Yes 15%
(4) Design (Level 3) Yes 14.5%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4) No 0%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3) Yes 17.5%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) No 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.