Skip to main content


MEC8049 : Orthopaedic Engineering

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Philip Hyde
  • Lecturer: Dr Piergiorgio Gentile, Dr Ana Ferreira-Duarte
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

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

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


The aim is to introduce students to themes in medical or orthopaedic engineering where mechanical engineering knowledge is used to create new or improved medical or orthopaedic products or critical analyses, by identifying the current challenges and addressing them developing functional solutions. 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

Overview of orthopaedic engineering. Anatomy and physiology. Natural joints compared to artificial joints. The science of artificial joint performance. An engineering critique of designs with emphasis on avoiding problems. Biomechanics of the human body. Materials for orthopaedics. Additive manufacturing. Biological strategies for improving osseointegration. Biological complications and management. Simple in vitro models of cell therapy. An overview of standards in orthopedics. Individual reports and exam.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture42:008:00Lectures split between part 1 and 2 of the module.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture21:002:00Lectures split between part 1 and 2 of the module
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion18:008:00Recommended 'in-class' problem questions
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials101:0010:00Lectures split between part 1 and 2 of the module
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching22:004:00Tutorials / contact time to discuss report (x2)
Guided Independent StudyProject work138:0038:00Report 2 (covering part 2 material)
Guided Independent StudyProject work138:0038:00Report 1 (covering part 1 material)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study192:0092:00Recommended regular personal study
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures convey the underlying engineering science and the approaches required to demonstrate analysis to the discipline-specific problems identified. The two individual (summative assessment) reports are designed to get the students to learn the lecture material and read around the lecture material to apply the rational and techniques learnt to review, consolidate, extend and apply knowledge & understanding to initiate and carry out a study of an orthopaedic engineering issue.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M50Assessed via report. Report 1 (2000 words)
Written exercise2M50Assessed via report. Report 2 (2000 words)
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
Written exercise2MPart 1 and 2 have separate formative assessments - Formative in-class assessments.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Summative assessment will cover two different topics in orthopaedic engineering and will take the form of two 2000 words (or equivalent) reports. Formative assessment will be given by in-lecture problem questions (i.e. tutorial or Q&A sessions). The two reports will demonstrate knowledge from part 1 and part 2 of the lecture course. Assessment outcome will be determined by the quality of the report according to the marking criteria given.

Reading Lists