Module Overview

Medical Device Design 2

This module expands on the material in Medical Device Design 1 by taking a systems approach to design. It will equip students with a knowledge of the physiology and features of a range of medical devices and instruments. The modules has a particular emphasis on the development of medical devices using a Model Based Design approach. Practical implementation of designs will apply the Physical Network Approach within a computerised development environment. This will entail utilisation of pre-defined elements, or modification of the attributes of predefined elements, or the creation of new elements. The models will typically span multiple domains such as electrical, fluid, thermal and mechanical.

Module Code

MDDS H3001

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change


Medical device definitions. Medical Devices vs Medical Instruments. Patient and operator safety. Medical sensor technologies.

Medical device examples

Review of a range of medical devices focusing on clinical need, physiology, key features, systems descriptions and diagrams and relevant engineering standards.

Systems overview

Systems, sub-systems and functional flow block diagrams used to enable system description.

Model Based Design

Exploring the advantages and disadvantages of the Model Based Design process. The Physical Network Approaches to Model Based Design. Practical implementations of the approach.

Medical Device Systems Modelling

Multi-domain modelling tools.Component modelling. Component modification. Systems modelling. Output analysis.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination70
Other Assessment(s)30