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COG3113 - Bionics and Prosthetics

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dr Barry Richardson


Not offered in 2007


Bionics is the science of using natural systems (e.g., birds' wings) in synthetic designs (e.g., of aircraft wings). Prosthetics are synthetic systems that replace natural ones, the bionic ear for example. This unit explores theories of bionics and prosthetics and relates both to the human-machine interface and robots of the future.


On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of natural biological systems and their application in artificial sensing, moving and intelligence systems;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of how synthetic systems can replace natural sensing and moving ones;
  3. combine information from different disciplines to offer fresh theoretical perspectives and practical applications; 4) think creatively, solve problems, and develop, analyze and communicate alternative solutions.


Project presentation: 15%
Project background assignment (500 words): 15%
Project final report (2500 words): 30%
Examination (two hours): 40%

Contact hours

3 hours per week (two 1-hour lectures and one 1-hour laboratory)


COG1112 and COG2111