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MEC8054 : Contemporary Case Studies in Biomedical Engineering

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Tom Joyce
  • Lecturer: Professor Domenico Formica
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


•       Introduce mechanical engineering techniques relevant to applications in biomedical engineering.

•       Provide knowledge and understanding of key healthcare technologies and their impact.

•       Raise critical awareness of the ethical and regulatory aspects of biomedical engineering.

Introduce basic anatomy relevant to the case studies.

Outline Of Syllabus

•       Broad overview of biomedical engineering
•       Case studies of a medical implant including clinical need, relevant local anatomy, clinical and
engineering assessments of previous and current design solutions, medical implant regulation and
assessment of current clinical issues

•       Individual poster and project work on a contemporary issue in biomedical engineering

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion82:3020:00Work on the poster.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture81:008:00(PiP) Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00Work for the individual assignment
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities83:0024:00Guided critical reading activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery14:004:00(PiP) 1 hour open office
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study193:0093:00Independent Study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00(Synchronous online) Induction lecture
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Present-in-Person lectures will introduce the teaching material. Lectures provide the medium through which information and complex ideas can be delivered. The teaching material delivered will, through a taught case study, analyse in detail a clinical situation where a biomedical engineering solution is available. The use of a case study will allow the students to investigate a contemporary area of biomedical engineering in depth. This engineering solution will be assessed and critiqued by students during discussions in lectures, prior to being assessed. These discussions will help the students to understand the area of biomedical engineering as well as related concerns such as regulatory requirements. In addition, students will appraise scientific literature on the contemporary issue in biomedical engineering and produce an individual assignment. Independent study supports the students' self-study in reading around the lecture material and the associated scientific literature.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M751500 word individual critique of a journal paper.
Poster1M25Individual poster assessment
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Digital Examination1MRegular online quizzes are offered to help reinforce lecture material and guide student learning.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Approximately a quarter of the assessment will be by an individual poster. This will serve to test the students on their first contemporary case study. Their second and large piece of assessment wil consist of an individual critique of a journal paper which tests the student's ability to appraise a piece of scientific literature on a contemporary issue in biomedical engineering and to locate it within the wider scientific literature.

Reading Lists