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BMET5953: Rehabilitation Engineering

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 unit 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 unit 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.

Code BMET5953
Academic unit Biomedical Engineering
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
1000-level mathematics and 1000-level biology

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

  • LO1. Present evaluations and interpretations of theoretical issues and concepts. Clarify requirements to determine inquiry/research needs; evaluate & interpret data; manage research. Use information for basic analytical reporting & show understanding of discipline theoretical and methodological issues; interpret and discuss situations involving uncertainty, ambiguity, conflicting information.
  • LO2. Small project proficiency. Proficiently apply standard project management tools & methodologies for assigned project activities on a small team scale.
  • LO3. Professional reflection. Exercise sound critical judgement, at general level, on professional context and conduct issues.
  • LO4. Interdisciplinary contexts & systems. Understand the integration of system components to accomplish specific set of objectives in interdisciplinary contexts. Evaluate design solutions from multiple perspectives including ecological, social sustainability, cultural values, as well as, economic risk & safety, and technical perspectives.
  • LO5. Full cycle design. Understand the impact of high uncertainty and/or context on the design cycle & the benefit of systems design/engineering framework.
  • LO6. Justify creative solutions to non-routine & complex problems/opportunities. Use a structured process of inquiry & evidence based research to clarify reasoning and decisions; experiment with different (systems) methodologies or thinking approaches & strategies for innovation.