ACIT4035 Rehabilitation and assistive devices Emneplan

Engelsk emnenavn
Rehabilitation and assistive devices
Master's Programme in Applied Computer and Information Technology
10 stp.


From prosthetic limbs, exoskeletons, orthotics, hearing aids, and muscle-controlled mobility solutions to artificial organs and cognitive aids, the modern era of rehabilitation and assistive devices has created a paradigm shift in what technology can achieve to help people who need it. A fundamental understanding of principles, challenges, and approaches in designing, operating, and secure use of state-of-the-art rehabilitation and assistive devices is essential to adapt and create suitable solutions. This course provides a hands-on experience in applying novel concepts and methods used by electronic and mechanical devices for rehabilitation and assistive living technologies.

Anbefalte forkunnskaper

Previous knowledge or practical hands-on experience in electronics, mechanics, or robotics and control is beneficial. It is recommended that the student has taken some of the following courses: ACIT4720 Medical Sensors and Actuators, ACIT4730 Special Biomedical Engineering Subject, or ACIT4820 Applied Robotics and Autonomous Systems.


No formal requirements over and above the admission requirements.


Learning outcomes

After completing this course, the student will have the following learning outcomes, defined as knowledge, skills, and general competence:


The student:

  • has specialised knowledge of devices and approaches used in physical rehabilitation, their purpose and functions.
  • has advanced understanding of the concepts and methods used by electronic and mechanical devices for rehabilitation and assistive living technologies.
  • has an advanced technical understanding of a range of sensors and actuators used in medical rehabilitation and assistive devices, including but not limited to physical, mechanical, electronic and optical.
  • can explain and exploit the transduction mechanisms and sensory schemes in relation to rehabilitation of physical activities.
  • has advanced practical knowledge of specific rehabilitation and assistive device related to a practical developmental project.


The student:

  • can plan the design, construction and validation of a specific electronic or electromechanical device for rehabilitation and assistive living technologies.
  • can critically assess the suitability of different theories, concepts, methods, and techniques for a specific rehabilitation or assistive device. 
  • can apply novel theories and approaches to solve the task related to rehabilitation and assistive devices. The students will closely work with rehabilitation hospital and will be presented with practical rehabilitation challenge that they will have to solve.
  • can design, implement or improve specific device for rehabilitation or assistive living.
  • can analyse and document the performance of the developed system and benchmark it with other methods.

General competence

The student:

  • can explain the purpose and principle of operation of typical rehabilitation or assistive devices.
  • can explain and discus challenges related to rehabilitation and assistive devices to experts and non-experts alike.
  • can analyze, present, develop and test possible novel solutions for rehabilitation or assistive device, focusing on electronic and mechanical solutions.


  • Application of advanced movement theories, anatomical and functional approaches and methods into a specific rehabilitation or assistive device.
  • Project work related to chosen rehabilitation or assistive device or part thereof.

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

This course will feature weekly lectures and practical work to provide theoretical and hands-on experience. The student will supplement the lectures and practical work with their own reading.  The project work will be carried out in groups of a size suited for the chosen rehabilitation or assistive device.

Arbeidskrav og obligatoriske aktiviteter

The following required coursework must be approved before the student can take the exam:

  • Preliminary project plan and product design (max 1000 words).

Vurdering og eksamen

Exam in two parts:

  1. Group project report (max 5000 words). The project report counts 80% of the final grade.
  2. Individual project presentation of student's contribution to the project (10 minutes). The oral examination counts 20% of the final grade

Both exams must be passed in order to pass the course.

The oral examination cannot be appealed.


New/postponed exam

In case of failed exam or legal absence, the student may apply for a new or postponed exam. New or postponed exams are offered within a reasonable period following the regular exam. The student is responsible for registering for a new/postponed exam within the time limits set by OsloMet. The Regulations for new or postponed examinations are available in Regulations relating to studies and examinations at OsloMet.

Hjelpemidler ved eksamen

All aids are permitted




Two internal examiners. External examiner is used periodically. 


Prof. Peyman Mirtaheri