MODULE DETAILS

MODULE 17: Biomechanics and assistive technology

 

Nominal duration: 4 weeks (48 hours total time commitment)

This time commitment includes the preparation reading, attendance at each webinar (1 hour plus 15-30 minutes for discussion), and the time necessary to complete the assignments and further study.

MODULE PURPOSE

This module provides the basic understanding of biomechanics which allows the study of forces and their effects on the musculoskeletal system under static and dynamic conditions.

PRE-REQUISITES
MODULE, UNITS /
CO-REQUISITES

Module 3: Fundamentals of Professional Engineering

Module 6: Anatomy and Physiology for Engineering

Module 10: Biomedical Instrumentation

Module 12: Software Programming

Module 13: Embedded Microcontrollers

ASSESSMENT STRATEGY

To evaluate the achievement of the learning outcomes; written assignments, group projects and practical exercises are set.


SUMMARY OF LEARNING OUTCOMES

1        Examine and discuss the basics of assistive technology and biomechanics

 

2        Examine and discuss the applications of biomechanics

 

3        Examine and discuss the application of hardware and software in assistive technology

 

4        Examine and discuss developments in assistive technology

Learning Outcome 1

Examine and discuss the basics of assistive technology and biomechanics

Assessment Criteria

1.1         Examine and discuss the salient aspects of assistive technologies

 

1.2         Examine and discuss ergonomics and kinesiology as applied to the musculoskeletal system

 

1.3         Examine and discuss the basic attributes of biomechanics

 

 

Learning Outcome 2

Examine and discuss the applications of biomechanics

Assessment Criteria

2.1       Examine and discuss the application of biomechanics with             specific reference to:

(a) Clinical and gait analysis

(b) Cardiovascular dynamics

(c) Mathematical modelling of joints

(d) Rehabilitation biomechanics

(e) Strength and conditioning

Learning Outcome 3

Examine and discuss the application of hardware and software in assistive technology

Assessment Criteria

3.1       Examine and discuss the software tools available for             assistive purposes

3.2       Examine and discuss the hardware entities available for             assistive purposes

Learning Outcome 4

Examine and discuss developments in assistive technology

Assessment Criteria

4.1       Discuss current assistive technologies in:

(a) Personal emergency response

(b) Sports

(c) Orthotics

4.2       Discuss future trends in assistive technology

Delivery Mode

A combination of asynchronous and synchronous e-learning delivery comprising a judicious mix of interactive online web conferencing, simulation (virtual labs) software, remote online labs, online videos, PowerPoints, notes, reading and study materials (in pdf, html and word format) accessed through the Moodle Learning Management System (LMS).

Software/Hardware Used

Software

  • MATLAB

Hardware

  •  N/A