PHPS41060 Medical Devices & Connectivity

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module aims to give students an overview of the underlying technologies and principles of operation of a range of commonly used medical devices, including (but not limited to) imaging systems, critical care devices and wearable sensors. Deployment will be considered from both a clinical and patient perspective. Elements to consider when incorporating the data from such devices into ICT systems will also be explored.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module the student should have a broad understanding of the ranges of medical devices used, their underlying operation, and how they integrate with Health IT systems, including areas of risk.

Indicative Module Content:

On successful completion of this module, students will have a broad understanding of the following topics:
• Medical Imaging Technologies (Radiology, Endoscopy, Clin Photography, Digital Pathology, etc).
• Physiological Measurement Devices.
• Anaesthetic and Critical Care Medical Devices.
• The use of ICT and Informatics in the medical devices area.
• Data types and quantities related to Medical Devices.
• Data security aspects related to Medical Devices.
• The differences between consumer devices and medical devices.
• The role of medical devices as drivers or facilitators of behaviour change.
• The role of digital health apps in eHealth.
• The future directions of digital health in clinical practice.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Field Trip/External Visits


Project Supervision


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module will comprise 12-hours of face-to-face or online ‘live’ video lectures, 60-hours of self-directed learning and 30-hours for the final project report (total = 102 hours).
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Students will be required to complete and submit a literature review and analysis report on a topic related to this subject area. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Individual feedback will provided alongside provisional grades within 30 working days of submission on Brightspace.

Name Role
Dr Ciara Duignan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Alison Keogh Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor James Matthews Lecturer / Co-Lecturer