Rehabilitation Engineering 2 (SPE340)

30 credits

Aim of this module

Clinical Gait Analysis

To allow the trainee to develop specialist skills in this modality sufficient to allow them to carry out supervised clinical gait analysis (CGA).

Medical Engineering Design

To allow the trainee to develop specialist skills in a subset of the wider range of clinical services and subject areas within AT, CGA or a closely related work area.


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. Discuss and evaluate the practice of rehabilitation engineering.
  2. Explain orthopaedic biomechanics and the requirements for orthopaedic implants.
  3. Discuss and evaluate biomaterials encountered in rehabilitation engineering design solutions and their biocompatibility.
  4. Describe and critically appraise the development of innovative design solutions in aids for daily living.

Indicative Content

Rehabilitation Engineering

  • Practice of rehabilitation engineering for people with physical, sensory, communication, learning, or neurological disabilities, including:
    • principles of patient assessment and rehabilitation plans
    • sensory impairments and their treatment
    • mobility and postural management
  • Orthotic and prosthetic devices
  • Mobility aids
  • Seating systems
  • Augmentative and alternative communication
  • Environmental controls, aids for daily living, smart homes, workplace adaptations
  • Sensory and neurological implants
  • Functional electrical stimulation
  • Advances in rehabilitation engineering, including:
    • implantable and body-worn (bio)sensors
    • neural stimulation
    • biological cell manipulation
    • nanotechnology
  • Software for rehabilitation engineering
  • finite element analysis
  • The current social, political and legislative contexts, the service user perspective and ethical issues
  • Evidence-based assistive technologies
  • Innovation and design of custom aids for daily living for clients with a complex range of disabilities

Orthopaedic Biomechanics

  • Effects of disease and age on the musculoskeletal system
  • Engineering requirements of orthopaedic implants
  • Mechanical load requirements
  • Standards for production and testing
  • Approaches to biocompatibility and constraints in respect of implants
  • Common orthopaedic implants


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