Course Title:
Semester: 2nd
Weekly teaching hours CREDITS (ECTS)
Lecture: 2 5


Theoretical classes: Fundamentals of rehabilitation engineering design: Design considerations.

Prosthetics and orthotics: Upper- and lower extremity prostheses; Ambulations aids; Aids to daily living. Postural support and seating: Seating and postural support systems. Personal transportation:

Lift mechanisms; Wheelchairs. Assistive Devices for Persons with: Visual Impairments, Auditory

Impairments, Tactile Impairments. Alternative and Augmentative Communication Devices

Practical classes: Seminars, visits to hospitals and research institutes

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the principles and foundations of Rehabilitation Engineering, including its role in improving the lives of individuals with disabilities.
  • Gain knowledge of the design considerations and factors involved in Rehabilitation Engineering, including the development of assistive devices.
  • Demonstrate understanding of upper and lower extremity prostheses, ambulation aids, and aids for activities of daily living, considering their design, function, and integration with the human body.
  • Comprehend the principles and design of seating and postural support systems to enhance comfort and functionality for individuals with mobility impairments.
  • Familiarize with personal transportation devices and lift mechanisms, as well as wheelchair design and customization for individuals with mobility challenges.
  • Gain knowledge of assistive devices for individuals with visual impairments, auditory impairments, and tactile impairments, considering their functionality, accessibility, and user-centered design.
  • Understand the principles and applications of alternative and augmentative communication devices, including technologies that facilitate communication for individuals with speech and language impairments.

General Competences

  • User-Centered Design: Adopt a user-centered approach, considering the specific needs and preferences of individuals with disabilities in the design and development of assistive devices.
  • Collaboration and Teamwork: Work effectively in multidisciplinary teams, collaborating with professionals from diverse backgrounds to address complex challenges in Rehabilitation Engineering.
  • Ethical Considerations: Understand and adhere to ethical guidelines and principles in the design, development, and implementation of assistive devices, ensuring user safety, privacy, and dignity.
  • Problem Solving: Apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to address challenges related to assistive device design and the customization of devices to meet individual needs.
  • Communication Skills: Effectively communicate with diverse stakeholders, including individuals with disabilities, healthcare professionals, and caregivers, about Rehabilitation Engineering concepts, principles, and assistive device functionality.
  • Lifelong Learning: Cultivate a mindset of continuous learning to stay updated with advancements in Rehabilitation Engineering, assistive technologies, and relevant research in the field.