Technology has always been central for the diagnosis and treatment in orthopaedics, biomechanics and rehabilitation, and the use of technology has never been greater than it is at the present time. For instance, twenty-five years ago there was only one type of artificial hip and today there are more than forty. This rapid development has considerable implications for all those working in the fields of orthopaedics and rehabilitation. This programme aims to provide an understanding of the principles involved in the development, application and evaluation of orthopaedics, biomechanics and rehabilitation technology.
The programme consists of two seperate courses, the Postgraduate Diploma in Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Technology and the MSc in Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Technology. For each course there are four groups of distance learning modules. In addition, the MSc course includes a project. The courses must be completed within a period of two to five years from the start date.
The assessment for the diploma award consists of coursework (assignments) and unseen written examinations.
At the end of each module group you submit an assignment to your tutor(s) for assessment. A copy of the assignment is returned to you with your marks and the original is retained by the University. The assignment forms the coursework element of the final assessment.
Written examinations are held during March every year in Dundee and also by arrangement at fully approved examination centres throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. You will sit either four or five examinations, depending on the introductory modules you have studied. You must complete all the modules in a module group, including the assignment, before you can sit the exam(s) for that group. You may choose to sit all the exams together or spread them throughout your course.
The Masters project is assessed by dissertation and viva (oral examination). Vivas are held during September each year in Dundee. Course regulations require MSc students to pass the final assessment for the Diploma course before they may submit their dissertation.
SCQF Credit Points
The University has approved the award of SCQF Level 11 (postgraduate) credit points for the Diploma and MSc courses. The accumulation of a minimum of 120 SCQF SM credit points is the equivalent to Diploma level and a minimum of 180 SCQF SM credit points is the equivalent to Masters level. Four SCQF points are equal to one week (five days) of full-time study. To be awarded the SCQF credit points for a module group, you must complete all the modules in a group, including the assignments and examination. You may transfer your credit points to another institution, subject to that institution’s credit rating procedures.
Diploma: a degree in science, engineering, medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, orthotics, prosthetics, nursing, or other related field. Or a medically related professional qualification, for example, a diploma in physiotherapy, with at least two years experience of working in the field of orthopaedics and/or rehabilitation. MSc: successful completion of the Diploma within 3 years. Your project must be approved by the University before you register for the MSc course.
Course fees are set each year on the 1st September. The fee may be paid either in full at the start of the course, or by instalment prior to starting each module group. Each module group is charged at one quarter of the diploma course fee at the time that the payment is due.
For each module, you receive learning materials consisting of a module guide and one or more study guides. The module guide for each module provides information about the structure, recommended reference materials and the tutor support system. Modules consists of several individual units, each unit dealing with a different aspect of the module. For every unit there is a study guide that explains the objectives of that unit (what you will have learned by the end of the unit) and leads you through the learning material, section by section, using text, illustrations, activities, exercises and references to the recommended textbooks.
You monitor your own progress through the unit by completing the self-assessment questions, which are placed at regular intervals throughout the text, and checking your answers against those provided in the study guide. At the end of each study guide, there is a short exercise which you complete and return to your tutor for marking.
When you need to discuss any aspects of your study, you may contact your tutor for support. Your tutor is available for direct contact by telephone at set times during the week, as specified in the module guide for each module. A telephone answering service is available after office hourse and you may also contact your tutor by email, post or fax.
You recieve a regular newsletter and are encouraged to contact other students, even to form local groups where possible, to share ideas.
Diploma in Orthopaedic & Rehabilitation Technology (DipORT)
Before entering a course of study leading to the Diploma in Orthopaedic & Rehabilitation Technology a candidate must hold a degree or professional qualification, acceptable to the Head of the Department, and satisfy the Head of Department of his/her suitability to undertake the course.
A candidate must undertake a course of instruction approved by the College Board for not less than two years and not more than five years. The period of study may be extended by the College Board of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing on sufficient cause being shown.
A candidate will not normally be required to attend the University of Dundee during his/her period of study, except as required by the Head of Department, but will be required to matriculate as a student of the University and to pay such fees as may be prescribed by the University Court.
A candidate will be required to satisfy the Head of Department that any work submitted for the Diploma is the candidate’s own work.
Before being awarded the Diploma a candidate must have attained a satisfactory standard in all the exercises, assignments and written examinations given as part of his/her course. On the recommendation of the examiners, the Diploma may be awarded "With Distinction".
Master of Science in Orthopaedic & Rehabilitation Technology (MSc)
The course of study leading to the MSc in Orthopaedic & Rehabilitation Technology is governed by the regulations for the Diploma, listed above, and the University regulations for the degree of MSc, copies of which are available on request.