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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Mechanical, Medical & Aero Engineering Short Name: SE3240
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: EWINS DJ Dr (M, M & A Eng)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Autumn Semester
Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment



Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)


2 hour unseen examination






Extended essay







Qualifying Condition(s) 

A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module.





Module Overview
A clinical engineer practicing in the should have a working knowledge of the structure and operation of the National Health Service (NHS), and the mechanisms that have been put in place to maximise quality of care. Given the range of medical equipment and clinical staff they will interact with, they should also have a basic understanding of (medical) electrical safety and physiological measurement.
Completion of the progress requirements of Level HE1
Module Aims

To provide a knowledge base on the organisation, delivery and practice of health care in the UK .

To introduce students to the topic of physiological measurement.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, students should be able to explain and critique:


  1. the models used for public health care delivery in the


  2. the mechanisms in place to maintain and improve the quality of service delivery


  3. the key personal skills expected of a health care professional


  4. the scope of work covered by the term physiological measurement.



Module Content

Overview of public healthcare provision including funding, organisation, e.g. SHAs and PCTs; acute and chronic support.


Initiatives to maintain and improve quality, e.g. national service frameworks, clinical, research and information governance.


Professional and line management structures.


Ethics and clinical audit.


Responsibilities of the practicing medical engineer; working with patients.


Tools and techniques for physiological measurements in health care, including measurement of bioelectric potentials and electrical safety.

Methods of Teaching/Learning

22 hours of lectures/tutorials/laboratory sessions, 38 hours assignment work, 2 hour examination, and 38 hours independent learning time.


Total student learning time 100 hours.


Selected Texts/Journals

Recommended background reading


Health Professions Council (HPC) publications on state registration and CPD requirements for clinical scientists.



Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) publications on: clinical scientist training, and policy statements and guidance covering a range of clinical engineering activities.



Department of Health (DoH)/National Health Service (NHS) documents on: clinical, research and information governance, clinical audit, and National Service Frameworks.



Brown BH, Smallwood RH, Barber DC, Lawford PV and Hose DR, Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, IOP Publishing Ltd, 1999.

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