Course Title: Implant Engineering and Assistive Technology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Implant Engineering and Assistive Technology

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Kate Fox

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4926

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities: 
Mechanics and Materials (MIET2419) or equivalent
Engineering Biomechanics (MIET2376) or equivalent
Engineering Biomaterials (MIET2460) or equivalent

Course Description

This course provides you with the theoretical and practical background for working in the medical device industry, specialised in implants (such as artificial joints, spinal implants, brain-computer interfaces, bionics and fracture repair devices and systems), rehabilitation devices (such as orthoses and prostheses), and in assistive device technology.
The course equips you with the necessary design and analytical skills for developing implants, rehabilitation and assistive technology equipment. It introduces you to the medical device market, advanced biomaterials engineering, innovation and patenting, regulations and certifications, kinematics, arthritis and implant optimisation.
The course covers the design and mechanics of hip, knee, and other joint replacements, fracture repair devices and spinal implants, orthoses and prostheses, and assistive devices such as walking aids and wheelchairs.
The focus is on engineering problem solving and decision making for customised design. After completion of the course, the students are able to design and engineer an implant/assistive technology from scratch and develop it for the clinical trial.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level.

This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.(;ID=eyj5c0mo77631)

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes:
• In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline (PLO 1.3)
• Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline (PLO 1.5)
• Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources (PLO 2.2)
• Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes (PLO 2.3)
• Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects (PLO 2.4)
• Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains (PLO 3.2)
• Effective team membership and team leadership (PLO 3.6)


Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Design and analyse at least one of orthopaedic implants, rehabilitation, assistive technologies and/or implantable devices
2. Measure, calculate, analyse and interpret forces, stresses and moments acting on implants
3. Apply biomaterials in the design and function of medical devices
4. Design customised orthoses, prostheses and assistive devices
5. Problem-solve, analyse, synthesise and decide on a wide variety of practical engineering problems of disorders of the musculoskeletal system, in a logical and effective manner
6. Apply standard engineering industry practices and project management skills to a research project.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities for this course include face-to-face lectures, tutorials and laboratory experiments. The basic theoretical background will be explained in the lectures and various real-world engineering problems will be discussed and analysed in the lectures and tutorials. The basic principles will also be demonstrated and reinforced through the laboratory experiments.

As part of the learning activities students will be given the opportunity to learn and apply their knowledge of implant engineering in both individual and group assessments towards industrially relevant projects. Projects will be developed based on clinical need. This course will advance your employability by exposing students to real-world projects.

Blackboard will be used in this course as a means of communication, lecture housing and assessment delivery.

Overview of Learning Resources

One prescribed textbooks, lecture notes, laboratory handbooks and other recommended references.

Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.
☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment tasks

Assessment Task 1
Total weighting 35%
3 extended quizzes (quizzes 1 (10%) and 2 (10%) form the Early Assessment Tasks)
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 5, 6

Assessment Task 2: (Group Lab Video Diary
This assessment task supports CLO 1, 4, 6
Weighting 35%

Assessment Task 3: (Individual Assignment)
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLO 1, 3