Advanced Medical and Surgical Technologies module (ME52001)

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Level: SHE level 5 (MSc)
Volume: 20 credits


  • Through the use of case studies based on real devices and their commercial development routes to strengthen and broaden understanding of concepts taught in the core modules of the course;
  • To give students a sound theoretical knowledge and practical awareness of leading edge technologies used in modern medical and surgical instruments and devices;
  • To develop in students the skills required for real biomedical problem identification and solving;
  • To stimulate and encourage students to apply engineering theories and principles to address biomedical problems and to be familiar with research methods;
  • To provide a basic understanding of the process of invention and its management; an introduction to entrepreneurship and its interface with invention; product development and its relationship to invention, resultant intellectual property and entrepreneurship.
  • To develop competence in scientific writing and reporting
  • To develop team working skills

Intended learning outcomes

  • Expanding the understanding of the concepts and theories given in the core modules and awareness of their context in modern medical and surgical instrumentation;
  • A deep understanding and broad knowledge of biomedical technologies, most especially those included in the Indicative Content section below;
  • A sound knowledge of new and emerging technologies that maybe used to improve the function of medical and surgical instruments and devices;
  • An awareness of unmet needs in medical diagnosis and treatment
  • have knowledge of the research and engineering methods applied in the development of biomedical and surgical instrumentation;
  • knowledge of how to apply concepts and theories to solve biomedical problems, to develop advanced and innovative biomedical and surgical instrumentation;
  • basic knowledge and understanding of the inventive process and its management, the entrepreneurial basis of business development; exploitation and value of Intellectual Property particularly relating to the biomedical industry.
  • competence in writing to accepted academic standards
  • Team working skills

Indicative content

  • Modern biomaterials in medicine and surgery;
  • Smart materials and structures in medical applications;
  • Micro-engineering in medicine;
  • Powered surgical instrument technology;
  • Minimally invasive instrumentation;
  • Advanced diagnostic signal processing;
  • The medical device industry;
  • Medical devices design, development & commercialisation processes
  • Regulatory process

Assessment: Coursework 30% Exam 70%

No. & duration of exam(s): 1 written examination of 3 hours duration

Teaching &  learning       Combination of lectures, case study seminars, coursework, including 70 hours of lectures, tutorials and seminars, 40 hours of coursework assignments, 190 hours of self-study (total module hours: 300)

When taught: Semester 2

Modes of delivery & student participation: Classes/tutorials (face to face teaching). Students are expected and encouraged to participate actively in classes via discussions, teamwork and feedback.

Pre-requisites of entry requirements

Co-requisites: None

Anti-requisites: None


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