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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MECH3225 Biomedical Engineering Design

20 creditsClass Size: 145

Module manager: Dr Todd Stewart

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

In Medical Engineering Design students will design a medical device within the period of the module. Projects come directly from local hospitals and have a clinical mentor and a real clinical need. In Semester 1 students come up with their own solution to the mentor’s problem by developing User Needs, an Engineering Design Specification and a subsequent Conceptual design. This will be complemented by lectures in medical engineering science and medical regulations from internal staff and externals consultants. In Semester 2 you will work in a small team ( 6-8 ) students to develop the device from concept to prototype including producing a failure modes and effects analysis and a product design file. You will be assessed by the clinical mentor and teaching staff in your ability to solve the medical problem posed. The clinical problems change annually and has included Ultrasound Guided Cannulation, and Surgical Guides for Knee Replacement Surgery, and Paediatric Elbow Pinning.


Understand the application of design to the medical engineering industry. Design the different aspects of a medical device.

Learning outcomes
After successfully completing this course, student will be able to:
1. Work as part of a team in the design of a medical device
2. Understand the application of design for a medical device
3. Determine the specification of a medical device using information given and own research
4. Specify appropriate tests to demonstrate the functionality of the device
5. Suggest the appropriate regulatory pathway for the device designed to take the device to market

Upon successful completion of this module the following UK-SPEC learning outcome descriptors are satisfied:
Ability to apply and integrate knowledge and understanding of other engineering disciplines to support study of study of medical engineering and the ability to evaluate them critically and to apply them effectively (SM3m)
Understanding of, and the ability to apply, an integrated or systems approach to solving complex medical engineering problems (EA4m)
Understand and evaluate business, customer and user needs, including considerations such as the wider engineering context, public perception and aesthetics (D1)
Investigate and define the problem, identifying any constraints including environmental and sustainability limitations; ethical, health, safety, security and risk issues; intellectual property; codes of practice and standards (D2)
Work with information that may be incomplete or uncertain, quantify the effect of this on the design and, where appropriate, use theory or experimental research to mitigate deficiencies (D3m)
Apply advanced problem-solving skills, technical knowledge and understanding, to establish rigorous and creative solutions that are fit for purpose for all aspects of the problem including production, operation, maintenance and disposal (D4)
Plan and manage the design process, including cost drivers, and evaluate outcomes (D5)
Communicate their work to technical and non-technical audiences (D6)
Demonstrate wide knowledge and comprehensive understanding of design processes and methodologies and the ability to apply and adapt them in unfamiliar situations (D7m)
Demonstrate the ability to generate an innovative design for products, systems, components or processes to fulfil new needs (D8m)
Understanding of the need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in engineering, a knowledge of professional codes of conduct and how ethical dilemmas can arise (EL1m)
Knowledge and understanding of the commercial, economic and social context of medical engineering processes (EL2)
Knowledge and understanding of management techniques, including project and change management, that may be used to achieve medical engineering objectives, their limitations, and how they may be applied appropriately (EL3m)
Understanding of the requirement for medical engineering activities to promote sustainable development and ability to apply quantitative techniques where appropriate (EL4)
Awareness of relevant legal requirements governing medical engineering activities, including personnel, health & safety, contracts, intellectual property rights, product safety and liability issues, and an awareness that these may differ internationally (EL5m)
Knowledge and understanding of risk issues, including health and safety, environmental and commercial risk, risk assessment and risk management techniques and an ability to evaluate commercial risk (EL6m)


Students will undertake a mixture of traditional lectures, seminars, and practical sessions as well as working on their own time to complete assigned tasks. Several tasks will be completed each contributing towards the final grade.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours156.00
Total Contact hours44.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Private study will be undertaken by the student in order to understand the practical application for which the design will be focussed. This will take the form of basic scientific understanding from library textbooks in various subject areas and detailed specific learning from published research articles through the librarys on-line resources. The student will be required to conduct their own background review of the literature and to interpret this with an engineering perspective.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

An online discussion board will be monitored during specified times each week.
Quiz during each lecture.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportIndividual Design Specification - maximim 8 pages30.00
Oral PresentationGroup Oral Presentation and Report - 30 minutes and maximum of 6 pages (Preliminary Design Report)20.00
ReportIndividual Design Report - maximum of 6 pages25.00
Oral PresentationGroup Oral Presentation and Brochure - 30 minutes and a meximum of 6 pages25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Individual coursework offered even for team aspect

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 22/11/2023


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