Course List (11 courses, 33 units)

These courses have been carefully crafted and purposefully sequenced to form a uniquely integrated program of study that links the device engineering and development side of assistive technology with the human services aspects of the field. Courses are listed in the order in which they are presented. Later courses build on earlier ones to provide a powerful, cumulative learning experience.

  • ATE 501: Functional Biology, Biomaterials, and Design Innovation
  • ATE 502: Seminar in Human Characteristics in Relation to Usability of Assistive Technologies
  • ATE 603: Applied Biomechanics and Motor Control
  • ATE 604: Instrumentation and Measurement
  • ATE 605: Robotic Applications and Control Interface in Assistive Technology
  • ATE 606: Assistive Technology Software Development and Applications
  • ATE 607: Product Design and Development for Assisted Technology
  • ATE 608: Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • ATE 609: Assistive Technology Project Management
  • ATE 694: Current and Emerging Topics in Assistive Technology
  • ATE 698: Graduate Project

Course Descriptions

ATE 501 Functional Biology, Biomaterials, and Design Innovation 3 units This course is designed to provide an understanding of biological systems, biomaterials, and their relevance to assistive technology. Students will apply knowledge of functional biology to understanding the design and use of assistive technology. Students will be introduced to biological causes necessitating assistive technology and how knowledge of biological systems leads to the design of assistive technology, including state-of-the art developments and future applications and challenges.
ATE 502 Seminar in Human Characteristics in Relation to Usability of Assistive Technologies 3 units This seminar will investigate the bases of human function from the psychological and physiological perspectives as a foundation upon which design and development of assistive technology devices (ATD) can effectively be utilized throughout the life span of users to enhance their quality of life.
ATE 603 Applied Biomechanics and Motor Control 3 units Principles in biomechanics and motor control will be introduced in this course. The course will focus on their applications to assistive technology and biomedical engineering. Basic anatomical movements and neuromuscular control will be reviewed. Pathological human movements associated with common neuromuscular disorders will be discussed in depth. Students will also learn various techniques in kinematics and kinetics analyses of human movements. Biomechanical modeling and simulations will be introduced as well as advanced technology in anthropometrics.
ATE 604 Instrumentation and Measurement 3 units The course presents the basic components of medical electronic instrumentation: sensors, amplifiers, signal conditioning, and signal processing. Multidisciplinary analysis, design, and simulation of biomedical engineering instrumentation and measurement are studied and implemented using computer methodology and techniques from engineering, physics, and mathematics.
ATE 605 Robotic Applications and Control Interface in Assistive Technology 3 units The course presents the complementarity of the human factors and the demand for real-life applications based on the latest achievements in robotics technology. It also addresses the principles, the concepts, as well as the details for the design of robots that offer autonomy, intelligence, manipulation, and mobility required for effective collaboration with the human in healthcare environments.
ATE 606 Assistive Technology Software Development and Applications 3 units Introduces the concepts and principles of assistive technology (AT) software applications, emphasizing regulatory policies and ethical issues. Evaluates and applies existing AT software applications (both proprietary software and open source software), including screen reading, screen reader, study skills, screen enlargement, voice recognition and Web software. Discusses concepts, principles, and methodologies of AT software development, such as software development processes, requirements and specification (emphasizing accessibility, usability, reliability and dependability), analysis and design (emphasizing human-computer interface), implementation, verification & validation, and maintenance.
ATE 607 Product Design and Development for Assisted Technology 3 units This course presents the essential tools and fundamentals of product design and development as they are applied specifically to assisted technology and biomedical engineering. The scope of this course covers and integrates topics such as human factors, man-made interfaces, biomimicry, biomaterials, safety engineering design, medical/healthcare device design case studies, and FDA approval processes, regulations, and standards. The course blends the perspectives of marketing, design, and manufacturing into a single approach to product development. The integrative methods introduced in this course are intended to facilitate problem solving and decision making among people with different disciplinary perspectives.
ATE 608 Augmentative and Alternative Communication 3 units The course presents analysis, design, and manufacturing of augmentative and alternative communication techniques and devices for people with communication disabilities and practitioners. The intent of the course is to present past and current uses of augmentative devices and systems for the speech-impaired, blind, and deaf subjects. In addition, design and development of new equipment for subject groups will be explored.
ATE 609 Assistive Technology Project Management 3 units Introduces principles and disciplines of assistive technology project management, including process management, requirements management, quality management, project planning, project scheduling, project cost estimation, risk management, and people management. Particularly, focuses on requirements management and quality control, as the federal government recommends that assistive technology software and products meets specific guidelines such as Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
ATE 694 Current and Emerging Topics in Assistive Technology 1-1-1 units This 1 unit seminar course incorporates advanced study of current and emerging topics in assistive technology analyzed by means of readings, analysis of cases and problems, case studies, presentations, demonstrations and class discussion. This seminar course is taken three times during the program; the three courses will cover components of Engineering and Technology, Health and Human Sciences, and Health and Human Services topics, respectively. This course is offered on a CR/NC grading basis.
ATE 698 Graduate Project 3 units Preparatory: Satisfactory completion of all course work, including three interdisciplinary seminar courses, and permission with the supervising faculty adviser of the graduate project committee. Preparation for and completion of a written project report and an oral defense to fulfill the culminating experience requirement for the Master of Science in Assistive Technology Engineering degree. (Credit/No Credit Only)