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Module

MEC8049 : Orthopaedic Engineering

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Philip Hyde
  • Lecturer: Dr Ana Ferreira-Duarte, Dr Piergiorgio Gentile
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The aim is introduce students to themes in medical or orthopaedic engineering where mechanical engineering knowledge is used to achieve new or improved medical or orthopaedic products. Anatomy and physiology will briefly be covered with the focus on engineering applications pertinent to orthopaedics in both the mechanical and biological domains.

Outline Of Syllabus

The aim is introduce students to themes in medical or orthopaedic engineering where mechanical engineering knowledge is used to achieve new or improved medical or orthopaedic products. Anatomy and physiology will briefly be covered with the focus on engineering applications pertinent to orthopaedics in both the mechanical and biological domains.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00Lectures split between part 1 and 2 of the module (PiP)
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials101:0010:00Lectures split between part 1 and 2 of the module (online non-Synchronous)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion18:008:00Recommended 'in-class' problem questions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00Tutorials / contact time to discuss report (x2) (PiP)
Guided Independent StudyProject work138:0038:00Report 1 (covering part 1 material)
Guided Independent StudyProject work138:0038:00Report 2 (covering part 2 material)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study192:0092:00Recommended regular personal study
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures convey the underlying engineering science and the approaches required to apply this to the discipline-specific problems identified. The two individual reports are designed to get the students to learn the lecture material and read around the lecture material to present and critique a contemporary issue in orthopaedic engineering. Personal study is required to solidify information gathered in lectures into knowledge. The ongoing formative assessment in the form of -in-class assessment tests retention of knowledge and the application of it to a problem is tested. The balance of report and formative assessment is designed to be fair to all. Alternative online sessions will be offered to students if in-person sessions are not possible (due to unforeseen circumstances such as a pandemic). In that case, in-person lectures will be replaced by non synchronous online sessions and tutorials will be replaced with synchronous online sessions.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M50Assessed via report. Report 1 (2000 words)
Report2M50Assessed via report. Report 2 (2000 words)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MPart 1 and 2 have separate formative assessments - Formative in-class assessments.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This course will have two primary assessments: a Problem Based Learning assignment (2 reports) and ongoing formative assessment. Formative assessment will be given by in-lecture problem questions (i.e. mini tutorial sessions). The two reports will use knowledge from part 1 and part 2 of the lecture course to investigate a contemporary issue in orthopaedic engineering. Assessment outcome will then be determined by the quality of the report (by marking criteria given to the students in advance), and background investigation performance by the student.

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