Course Outline (F2019)

BME705: Rehabilitation Engineering

Instructor(s)Kristiina Mai [Coordinator]
Office: ENG318
Phone: (416) 979-5000 x 6085
Email: kvmai@ryerson.ca
Office Hours: Wednesdays 1:00-2:00
Calendar DescriptionEngineering principles underlying the design and utilization of devices for persons with disabilities. Exposure to fabrication and design techniques. Overview of existing technology, including: limb and spinal orthoses, limb prostheses, devices aiding mobility, seating aids, reachers, robotic aids, functional electrical stimulation; sensory aids, uses of microcomputers, workplace/home modifications, devices for the aged. Effects of national policies, and challenges of technology transfer.
PrerequisitesBLG 601 and BME 639 and EES 604 and EES 612




Compulsory Text(s):
  1. An Introduction to Rehabilitation Engineering, R.A. Cooper, H. Ohnabe, D.A. Hobson, CRC Press, Taylor and Francis, 2006.
Reference Text(s):
  1. Textbook of Medical Physiology, 11th Edition, Guyton, A.C. and Hall, J.E., Elsevier Inc., 2005.
  2. Rehabilitation Engineering, Smith, R.V., Leslie, J.H., CRC Press, 2000.
Learning Objectives (Indicators)  

At the end of this course, the successful student will be able to:

  1. Assessment of experimental data consistent with the information available and the constraints/parameters of the problem. (3b)
  2. Evaluate progress and modify designs. (4a)
  3. Analyze data to make decisions. (5b)
  4. Use technical vocabulary related to Rehabilitation Engineering accurately. (6a), (7a)
  5. Make concise technical presentations to a peer group. (7b)
  6. Use graphics to analyze and display data. (7c)
  7. Considers economic, social, and environmental factors in decisions. (8b), (9a)

NOTE:Numbers in parentheses refer to the graduate attributes required by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB).

Course Organization

3.0 hours of lecture per week for 13 weeks
2.0 hours of lab/tutorial per week for 12 weeks

Teaching AssistantsTBD
Course Evaluation
Midterm Exam 20 %
Final Exam 35 %
Lab and Reflection Reports 25 %
Project 20 %
TOTAL:100 %

Note: In order for a student to pass a course with "Theory and Laboratory" components, in addition to earning a minimum overall course mark of 50%, the student must pass the Laboratory and Theory portions separately by achieving a minimum of 50% in the combined Laboratory components and 50% in the combined Theory components. Please refer to the "Course Evaluation" section for details on the Theory and Laboratory components.

ExaminationsMidterm exam in class time, two hours, closed book (covers first half of course).
 Final exam, during exam period, two hours, closed-book (covers all materials with emphasis on second half).
Other Evaluation InformationInformation posted on D2L
Other InformationN/A

Course Content



Chapters /

Topic, description



Introduction to Course and Outline
 Introduction to Rehabilitation Engineering and Terminology
 (Chapter 1 Sections 1-4)



Clinical Practice
 Universal Design
 Design Standards
 (Chapters 2-3 Sections 1-4)



Technology Transfer
 Seating: Patient requirements
 Wheelchair design
 Technology applications
 (Chapters 4-6,8 Sections 1-4)



Spinal Cord Injury
 Combination therapies
 (Chapter 7 Sections 1-4)



Neuro-prosthesis: Functional Electrical Stimulation
 Human balance and mobility
 Parkinson’s disease
 (Chapter 9 Sections 1-4)



Midterm Exam



Wheelchair Safety
 Rehabilitation Robotics
 Reaching and grasping
 Paediatric Rehabilitation
 (Chapters 10-11 Chau Sections 1-4)



Prosthetic Devices
 Orthotic Devices
 (Chapters 12-13 Sections 1-4)



Aids for Visual impairment
 Sensory substitution
 Cognitive development aids
 Brain Computer Interface
 (Chapter 14 Sections 1-4)



Aids for Hearing impairment
 Speech therapy
 Speech synthesis
 (Chapter 15 Sections 1-4)



Accessibility design
 Alternative interfaces
 Eye movements
 (Chapters 16-17 Sections 1-4)



Sports and Recreation technology
 Sports rehabilitation
 Training Virtual reality games
 Technology for inclusive designs
 (Chapter 18 Sections 1-4)

Laboratory/Tutorials/Activity Schedule






Lab 1: Electromyography



Lab 2: Functional Electrical Stimulation



Lab 3: Posturography



Lab 4: Balance

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  1. Students are required to obtain and maintain a Ryerson e-mail account for timely communications between the instructor and the students;
  2. Any changes in the course outline, test dates, marking or evaluation will be discussed in class prior to being implemented;
  3. Assignments, projects, reports and other deadline-bound course assessment components handed in past the due date will receive a mark of ZERO, unless otherwise stated. Marking information will be made available at the time when such course assessment components are announced.
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  1. Health certificates - If a student misses the deadline for submitting an assignment, or the date of an exam or other evaluation component for health reasons, they should notify their instructor as soon as possible, and submit a Ryerson Student Health Certificate AND an Academic Consideration Request form within 3 working days of the missed date. Both documents are available at https://www.ryerson.ca/senate/forms/medical.pdf.. If you are a full-time or part-time degree student, then you submit your forms to your own program department or school;
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Suspicions of academic misconduct may be referred to the Academic Integrity Office (AIO). Students who are found to have committed academic misconduct will have a Disciplinary Notation (DN) placed on their academic record (not on their transcript) and will normally be assigned one or more of the following penalties:

  1. A grade reduction for the work, ranging up to an including a zero on the work (minimum penalty for graduate work is a zero on the work);
  2. A grade reduction in the course greater than a zero on the work. (Note that this penalty can only be applied to course components worth 10% or less, and any additional penalty cannot exceed 10% of the final course grade. Students must be given prior notice that such a penalty will be assigned (e.g. in the course outline or on the assignment handout);
  3. An F in the course;
  4. More serious penalties up to and including expulsion from the University.

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