There are a wide range of important healthcare challenges in the 21st Century, such as the aging population, stroke, paralysis and the loss of limbs, which can be treated using biomechatronic devices such as exoskeletons, active prosthetic limbs and brain computer interfaces.
‘Biomechatronics’ describes the integration of the human body with engineered devices composed of electronic, mechanical and control components (mechatronics) for the purposes of
The biomechatronics module will cover the subject of biomechatronics in theory and practical application, and span the main core topics of: neural control, biomedical signals, sensors and actuators.
Credits: 10 (Spring semester)
Pre-requisites: ACS124, ACS214 or similar
If you have any questions about the module please talk to me during the lectures or the labs in the first instance. It is likely that other students will learn from any questions you ask as well, so don’t be afraid to ask.
Outside of lectures please contact me via email, or drop in to see me.
This module satisfies the AHEP3 (Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes, Third Edition) Learning Outcomes that are listed in brackets after each learning outcome above. For further details on AHEP3 Learning Outcomes, see the downloads section of our accreditation webpage.
Learning and Teaching Methods
Lectures and problem classes (8 hours). Lectures will be used to introduce concepts in biomechatronics and give guidance on practical work and assignments (Module learning outcomes 1-5).
Laboratory sessions and lab drop-in sessions (14 hours). The practical implementation of computational methods for simulation and analysis of biomechatronic systems, as well as the construction of simple biomechatronic systems. (Module learning outcomes 3, 4).
Independent study (76.5 hours). Students are expected to spend time on independent study including directed reading, completing assignments and revision. (Module learning outcomes 1-5).
Learning and Teaching Materials
Teaching material will be made available in an electronic format only, including:
The recommended module textbook (Introduction to Biomechatronics) is provided by the library in a complete, electronic format as a PDF file from the IET ebooks catalogue.
Assignment 1 (15%): (15%): Multiple choice online quiz on specified research articles across topics in biomechatronics. (Learning outcome 2).
Assignment 2 (35%): Individual technical report based on an individual project into some aspect of biomechatronics to include design and/or computational analysis and/or construction of a simple biomechatronic device. (Learning outcomes 1-5).
One 1.5 hour written examination (50%). The exam will assess learning outcomes 1-4.
No resit examination is available for this module.
Feedback will be given in the following forms:
Students are encouraged to provide feedback during the module direct to the lecturer. Students will also have the opportunity to provide formal feedback via the Faculty of Engineering Student Evaluation Survey at the end of the module.
Full text available electronically as a PDF file via the Library StarPlus tool, from the IET Digital Library Ebooks collection.
Hardcopy available at the Information Commons, 610.285 (B).