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Rehabilitation Engineering

Code: EBE0060     Acronym: EREA

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Biomedical Engineering

Instance: 2016/2017 - 1S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Course/CS Responsible: Master in Bioengineering

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MEB 20 Syllabus 1 - 6 56 162
MIB 3 Syllabus 5 - 6 56 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Diamantino Rui da Silva Freitas

Teaching - Hours

Recitations: 3,00
Laboratory Practice: 1,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Recitations Totals 1 3,00
Diamantino Rui da Silva Freitas 3,00
Laboratory Practice Totals 2 2,00
Diamantino Rui da Silva Freitas 2,00

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


This course unit aims to provide students with integrated knowledge in impairments, didabilities and limitations and in technologies, which are intended to aid the social integration of disabled people. This course unit also aims to familiarise students with the combination of technologies with projects and to make them able to assess rehabilitation and accessibility solutions.

Learning outcomes and competences

Aquired competence shall be directed to the following:

To know and know how to apply according to examples, the theoretical concepts about impairments that affect human beings in the sensorial, motor and cognitive areas.

To know and to interpret the several practical consequences of impairments as well as the resulting functional disabilities. To know and to discuss  the personal limitations resulting from impairments and from disabilities and to know the existing medical-social-institutional models for persons with disabilities.

To know how to analyse from the functional point of view the main situations of private , professional or social life and to know the main technical and technological resources universaly available to fight disabilities of sensorial, motor or cognitive types.

To know how to propose technological solutions for disability situations.

To elaborate a high quality study over a theme with relevant coverage in the domain of support equipments or rehabilitation services/equipments.

Working method


Pre-requirements (prior knowledge) and co-requirements (common knowledge)

Basic knowledge of physics, human anatomy and physiology and electronic, informatic, telecommunications and mechanics technologies is recomended.


Vision, audition and speech.
Mobility in open and closed spaces.
Prosthesis, technical aids and products.
Conceptual framework of rehabilitation.
Rehabilitation Engineering
Human factors, man-machine interaction
Telecommunication systems, usability, accessibility
Design for all. School integration and accessibility to ambient and materials
Control systems, AAL, domotics.

Mandatory literature

ed. by Rory A. Cooper, Hisaichi Ohnabe, Douglas A. Hobson; An introduction to rehabilitation engineering. ISBN: 0-8493-7222-4
Marion A. Hersh, Michael A. Johnson (eds.); Assistive technology for the hearing-impaired deaf and deafblind. ISBN: 1-85233-382-0
Carl Crandell, Joseph Smaldino, Carol Flexer; Sound field amplification. ISBN: 1-4018-5145-2
Roe, Patrick (editor); Telecommunications for all, Commission of the European Communities, 1995
Adel S. Sedra, Kenneth C. Smith; Microelectronic circuits. ISBN: 0-19-514252-7

Comments from the literature

Support periods: Monday, 16.30 to 17.30, room I307; Friday, 12.00 to 13.00, rooms I007 or I307.

Teaching methods and learning activities

Unit will be based on interactive theoretical-practical classes, with presentation of examples and solved exercises and laboratory classes to execute technological exercises or small projects.
Students will have to carry out outside class time assignments, like monographs, small projects or problem solving.
Seminars and contact with a relevant public institution of the professional rehabilitation system.




Technological sciences > Engineering > Biomedical enginnering

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Exame 35,00
Participação presencial 0,00
Teste 35,00
Trabalho escrito 15,00
Trabalho laboratorial 15,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Elaboração de relatório/dissertação/tese 14,00
Estudo autónomo 36,00
Frequência das aulas 42,00
Trabalho de investigação 56,00
Trabalho laboratorial 14,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

To be admitted to exams, students have to attend a minimum number of theoretical-practical classes and reach a passing grade in the assignments.

Calculation formula of final grade

Evaluation Formula: Final Grade will be based on the weighted average of two components: continuous assessment and written quizzes or exams. Continuous assessment is worth 30% of the final grade, while the written quizzes (2) or exams are worth 70%. The minimum passing classification in all the above individual evaluation elements is 50%.

Examinations or Special Assignments

Students will be asked to do some assignments outside class time. Students will have to attend an opcional mid-term test, which will cover half of the program and a final term test. At the season of exams, it will take place an exam, which will cover the entire program. However, students who reached a passing grade in the mid-term tests, only have optionally to answer the questions of one or both the parts of the exam. The grade of the exams will be based on the average grade of both exams. In selected cases needing confirmation of the final classification an oral defense may be requested relative to any evaluation component.

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

Students with a special status have to do the assignments and the written exams as regular students.

Classification improvement

Students can improve their grades by attending an exam at recurso (resit) season. Students cannot improve the grade of the continuous assessment component

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