Course Title: Muscular Control and Assistive Technology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Muscular Control and Assistive Technology

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Professor Peter Dabnichki

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7278

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 251.3.61

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

BIOL2371 Human Physiology 1 – Body Systems

Course Description

The focus of this course is the understanding of muscle control, electromyogram, study of neuromuscular control, development of biomimic control, identification of neuromuscular disorders, development of advanced muscle stimulation devices, mobility devices and control of prosthetic devices.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes:
1.1 Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.
1.2 Conceptual understanding of mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.
1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to

  • Compare and evaluate different prostheses and prosthetic control.
  • Design and/ or customize human computer interface
  • Understand human movement and associated control.

Overview of Learning Activities

The specific learning activities in this course may include any of the following:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Projects
  • Directed research
  • Self-directed learning

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on “myRMIT”. These will include course notes, and other learning materials generated by the course lecturer(s), references, and approved links to useful material on external web-sites.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be undertaken by

  • Projects undertaken either in groups, or individually
  • Oral presentations in seminar format (face-to-face students), or equivalent for distance students
  • Mid-semester test.
  • Final exam