Singapore University of Social Sciences

Rehabilitative and Assistive Engineering (BME315)

Synopsis

The course aims to provide students with a general understanding of a wide range of application of engineering sciences to design, develop, adapt, test, evaluate, apply, and distribute technological solutions to problems confronted by individuals with disabilities. It also teaches students about supplements a person may need so as to restore to his fullest physical, psychological, social, vocational, and educational potential consistent with his physiological or anatomical impairment through the use of assistive devices and systems. Included in the course are many relevant fundamental details that link factors such as environmental limitations, physical, psychological, physiological or anatomical impairment of users to the engineering knowledge that students have learnt through their entire course and working experience. These fundamentals will equip students to understand how assistive engineering can complement and supplement health-challenged individuals to improve the quality of life.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.

Topics

  • Introduction to Assistive and Rehabilitative Engineering
  • Assistive and Rehabilitative Engineering to Enhance Mobility for Individuals with Physical Impairment
  • Assistive and Rehabilitative Devices to Enhance Speech Communication
  • Assistive and Rehabilitative Devices to Enhance Access to Information
  • Integrating Assistive & Rehabilitative Devices into Academic Instruction
  • Assistive and Rehabilitative Devices to Enhance Independent Living

Learning Outcome

  • Demonstrate knowledge concerning the current state of rehabilitation engineering and assistive technologies
  • Illustrate the principles of augmentative and alternative communication system.
  • Examine adaptations to assistive technology to promote access to computer and telecommunication systems
  • Design rehabilitative mobility units for individuals with physical impairments
  • Discuss key components in integrating assistive technologies into academic instructions
  • Formulate assessment schemes to provide an effective person-assistive technology match
  • Evaluate the features of an intelligent therapeutic system for elderly
  • Formulate the control modalities adopted to realize human intention recognition system for walking assistive aids
  • Design appropriate assistive technology devices to enable independent living for the disabled
  • Develop industry standard adaptation framework to meet setting specific and person-specific assistive technology demands
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