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Course module: 191150700
Integrative Design of Biomedical Products
Course infoSchedule
Course module191150700
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact G.J.M. Tuijthof
Lecturer M. Asseln
ir. E.E.G. Hekman
Examiner G.J.M. Tuijthof
Contactperson for the course G.J.M. Tuijthof
Academic year2022
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
After the course, the student is able to:
  1. Identify general characteristics of the medical professional working environment, financial healthcare system, and dedicated legislation to ensure safe use
  2. Analyze a real-life clinical problem by identifying the underlying cause, assessing what information is needed to solve the problem and translating it into technical requirements
  3. Select and apply an appropriate design method to generate and categorize conceptual design solutions that solve the problem
  4. Judiciously select the most promising conceptual design and transform into an embodiment design (dimensioning and material selection)
  5. Demonstrate the feasibility of the embodiment design with calculations, simulations and/or pilot experiments
  6. Demonstrate adequate communication orally and in writing
  7. Work in a team to accomplish tasks effectively making use of each other’s strengths
Designing biomedical products requires a specific methodical design process, because of the diversity of the stakeholders, the multidisciplinary background of the project participants, the limitation of the amount of background information, the complexity of the working environment in which the products are used and the required safety of the products in combination with a human operator. During this course, a design philosophy/process and accompanying tools are presented, discussed and applied by the students in teams. Illustrative examples will be discussed following the entire design engineering cycle. These include problem analysis, design approach, topology synthesis, system alternatives and improvements, dimensional optimization, choice of components, user input and co-creation, human factors. Topics addressed include prosthetics, orthotics and exoskeletons, minimally access orthopedic surgery, arthroscopy, transmission of forces, static balancing, low-friction mechanisms, medical terminology, human-machine interface, tissue-instrument interface, waterjetting of bone. Students apply the design process by performing by performing a biomedical design project. In addition, the importance of project management, teamwork, communication skills are discussed. Students will apply them to stimulate collaboration between participants of different backgrounds.
Report (50%), Presentation (30%), Project peer performance (20%)
Assumed previous knowledge
Experience with a design methodology (ontwerpmethodiek) at BSc level
Participating study
Master Biomedical Engineering
Participating study
Master Industrial Design Engineering
Participating study
Master Mechanical Engineering
Required materials
Course material
Selection of papers and reports available on Canvas
Recommended materials
Eger A., Bonnema M., Lutters E., van der Voort M. (2013), Product Design, Eleven International Publishing, ISBN 978-94-90947-80-4
Plettenburg D. (2006), Upper Extremity Prosthetics. Current status & evaluation, VSSD, ISBN 978-90-71301-75-9
Tassoul M. (2009), Creative Facilitation, VSSD 3rd edition, ISBN 978-90-6562-200-6
Van Boeijen A., Daalhuizen J., Zijlstra J., van der Schoor R. (2013), Delft Design Approach, BIS Publishers, ISBN 978-90-6369-327-5.
Eissen K., Steur R. (2018), Sketching: The Basics, BIS Publishers, ISBN 978-90-6369-253-7
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes

Presentation + Report + Project peer performance

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