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Unit of study_

BMET5907: Orthopaedic and Surgical Engineering

The aims and objectives of the UoS are: 1. To introduce the student to the details and practice of orthopaedic engineering; 2. To give students an overview of the diverse knowledge necessary for the design and evaluation of implants used in orthopaedic surgery; 3. To enable students to learn the language and concepts necessary for interaction with orthopaedic surgeons and the orthopaedic implant industry; 4. To introduce the student to the details and practice of other engineering applications in surgery, particularly in the cardiovascular realm.

Code BMET5907
Academic unit Biomedical Engineering
Credit points 6
MECH4902 OR MECH5907
Assumed knowledge:
(AMME2302 OR AMME9302 OR AMME1362) AND (MECH2901 OR BMET2901 OR AMME9901 OR BMET9901) AND (MECH3921 OR BMET3921 OR AMME5921 OR BMET5921) Basic concepts in engineering mechanics - statics; dynamics; and solid mechanics. Basic concepts in materials science; specifically with regard to types of materials and the relation between properties and microstructure. A basic understanding of human biology and anatomy.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. have an understanding of the role played by engineering technology in surgery
  • LO2. do in depth literature review to underpin a design project
  • LO3. learn the language of orthopaedics and be able to present findings to a peer group at an advanced level
  • LO4. be acquainted with the physical properties of human bones and joints
  • LO5. understand how the skeleton functions as an engineering structure
  • LO6. learn the physical characteristics of the materials from which the musculoskeletal system is fabricated and be able to adapt basic engineering principles to the design and fabrication of prosthetic joints or to other devices used for replacement and repair of bones and joints.
  • LO7. Understanding of intellectual property and commercial exploitation
  • LO8. Understand design control and regulatory requirements for orthopedic implants.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.