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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: ENG3094 Module Title: PROSTHETICS AND ORTHOTICS
Module Provider: Mechanical, Medical & Aero Engineering Short Name: SE3344
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: XU W Dr (M, M & A Eng)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Autumn Semester
Assessment Pattern

Methods of Assessment and Weighting

Components of Assessment





Module Overview
Completion of the progress requirements of Level HE2 & Modules SE3223 and SE3233
Module Aims

To provide a knowledge base on the theoretical and practical basis of upper and lower limb external prosthetics and orthotics. The emphasis will be on the lower limb.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, students should:

  • Be able to describe the state of the art in external prosthetics and orthotics equipment,
  • Be able to define the limitations inherent in current approaches
  • Have a good grounding in the (electro)mechanical principles of operation .
  • Be able to comment on future trends the technology.
Module Content

What is prosthetics and orthotics – link to BSI/ISO definitions

Scale of the problem in the UK and beyond.

Brief introduction to assessment procedures

Principles of operation of inner soles; AFOs and KAFOs. Introduction to spinal bracing.

Principles of operation of upper and lower artificial limbs, with particular reference to developments in prosthetic feet, knees and hips, e.g. C-leg and IP+

Understanding of design constraints in the above – link to inverse dynamics and gait analysis

Introduction to functional electrical stimulation – electrical orthoses

Limitations of current techniques and future trends, e.g. osseointegration

Methods of Teaching/Learning

36 hours of lectures/tutorials/laboratory sessions, and 64 hours independent learning time.

Total student learning time 100 hours.

Selected Texts/Journals

Required Reading


Recommended background reading

Winter DA, Biomechanics and Motor Control of Human Movement, 3rd ed, Wiley, 2005.  (ISBN 04714 4989X)

Lusardi MM and Nielsen C, Orthotics and Prosthetics in Rehabilitation, Butterworth Heinemann, 2000.  (ISBN 07506 98071)
Last Updated
11 August 2008