2021 Design of Medical and Welfare Device

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Graduate major in Engineering Sciences and Design
Hijikata Wataru 
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Course description and aims

Medical and welfare devices have an important role in the treatment of disease and enhancement of quality of life in the aging society. This course provides design of the medical and welfare devices considering the characteristics and emotion of human based on some actual examples.

Student learning outcomes

Students will understand the basic design process of medical and welfare devices from the view point of human factors and emotional design.


Medical devices, Welfare devices, Fuman factors, Emotional design, Fail safe, Biocompatibility, Design process

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

The class is made of lectures, discussions and reports.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Overview of medical and welfare devices Understand the history and classifications of medical and welfare devices
Class 2 Design of medical devices based on fuman factors and emotional design Understand some examples of design utilizing fuman factors and emotional design on medical devices
Class 3 Design of welfare devices based on fuman factors and emotional design Understand some examples of design utilizing fuman factors and emotional design on welfare devices
Class 4 Fail safe design Understand fail safe design on medical and welfare devices
Class 5 Biocompatibility design Understand biocompatibility design on medical and welfare devices
Class 6 Electrically-powered active devices Understand state-of-the-art medical and welfare devices
Class 7 Usability and usability testing Undestarnd athe usability and its testing on medical and welfare devices
Class 8 Summary Review the whole contents

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

All materials used in class can be found on OCW-i.

Assessment criteria and methods

Scores are based on reports and examination.

Related courses

  • ESD.F404 : Affective Engineering / Emotional Design
  • HCB.M464 : Introduction to Neural Engineering
  • MEC.L432 : Human-Centered Design

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites.

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Wataru HIJIKATA hijikata.w.aa[at]m.titech.ac.jp

Office hours

Contact by e-mail in advance.

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