Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Engineering ENSC 472 (4)
Provides students with an advanced understanding, from a biomedical engineering perspective, of how human musculoskeletal tissues (bone, cartilage, muscle, and tendon) are structured to meet their functional demands. Reviews strength of materials engineering theory and techniques for measuring and describing the mechanical properties of biological tissues, and the tissue stresses and strains occurring during daily activities. Examines how musculoskeletal function (and ability to perform essential activities) is compromised by specific disease states (e.g. arthritis, osteoporosis, sarcopenia). Examines the engineering basis for the design and analysis of prevention strategies, and rehabilitative and surgical treatments for various musculoskeletal diseases and injuries. Builds skill in literature review, analytic problem solving and engineering design through problem sets and final term project. Prerequisite: (ENSC 380 or MSE 280) and a minimum of 80 units.