Clinical Measurement and Development 2 (SPE325)

30 credits

Aim of this module

To  ensure  that  the  trainee  can  apply  novel  Information  and  Communication  Technology (ICT) hardware and software solutions safely within a clinical environment.

Important information

The academic parts of this module will be detailed and communicated to you by your university. Please contact them if you have questions regarding this module and its assessments. The module titles in your MSc may not be exactly identical to the work-based modules shown in the e-portfolio. Your modules will be aligned, however, to ensure that your academic and work-based learning are complimentary.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop web-based solutions in a complex networking environment.
  2. Use a range of complex software techniques to solve clinical problems.
  3. Discuss  and evaluate the range of materials encountered in the development of novel engineering solutions in medicine.
  4. Critically appraise the development of innovative design solutions in aids for daily living.

Indicative Content

Web development

  • Strategies for web development, including:
    • hosting strategies
    • server/database replication, backup and archiving, RAID, bandwidth, availability
  • Programming for   the   web   with   reference   to   current standards  and programming tools, including:
    • web programming
    • forms and data
    • limiting access
    • developing dynamic content
    • interfacing with a database
  • Security and privacy
    • public and private key encryption


  • Local and wide area networking, including:
    • available architectures
    • performance issues
    • scalability
    • bridging vs routing
    • cabling infrastructure
    • hubs
    • traffic management

Software Techniques

  • Neural networks and their applications
  • Artificial intelligence and expert systems
  • Image processing software
  • Finite element analysis


  • Properties of cells, organs, tissues, tissue repair; tissue substitutes
  • Biocompatibility, biotolerance, biodegradation
  • Tissue integration, wear
  • Tribology
  • Materials for implantation: composites, polymers
  • Synthetic organs
  • Testing of materials, methods, standards, legislation

Assistive Technology

  • Principles of patient assessment and rehabilitation plans
  • Sensory impairments and their treatment
  • Mobility and postural management
  • Measurement of gait
  • Environmental controls,  aids  for  daily  living,  smart   homes,  workplace adaptations
  • Augmentative and alternative communication
  • Functional electrical stimulation
  • Joints and joint movement
  • Measurement of load and strain in the body
  • Forces and movement in the body
  • Principles of kinematics and kinetics; energy and power