Course title
Welfare Engineering

Course content
Study characteristic of human and equipments that are used to support elderly or disabled person, through lecture and practice. Graduates of bio-science and engineering department need not take the course as duplicative lectures have already been done to them.
Purpose of class
The needs to develop and design equipments and interfaces that corresponds to the elderly and people with disabilities are increasing, as we facing anaged society. The objctive of this class is to learn characteristics of the elderly and the handicapped necessary for the developments, and the specific examples of the equipments and the interface for them.
Goals and objectives
  1. Understand fundamental characteristic of bio-mechanics of human body and sense of sight and hearing.
  2. Understand how to apply appropriate welfare equipments to persons who have various characteristics.
  3. Understand kinds of various welfare equipments and how to use them.
Class schedule

Class schedule HW assignments (Including preparation and review of the class.) Amount of Time Required
1. Overview of the course Investigate problems of eldery and handicapped persons 100minutes
2. Current status of elderly and handicapped persons in Japan Investigate barriers for eldery and handicapped persons 200minutes
3. Skeletal and muscular system of human Review name and position of muscles and bones 200minutes
4. Welfare equipments that are used for physically handicapped person Investigate kinds of welfare equipments for physically handicapped person 200minutes
5. Welfare equipments that are used for elderly persons Investigate kinds of welfare equipments for elderly person 200minutes
6. How to use welfare equipments for physically handicapped persons Write report about what you have experienced. 200minutes
7. How to use welfare equipments for elderly persons Write report about what you have experienced. 200minutes
8. Characteristic of human sight Investigate barriers of visually handicapped person 200minutes
9. Characteristic of human hearing Investigate barriers of auditory handicapped person 200minutes
10. Welfare equipments that are used by visually or auditory handicapped persons Investigate kinds of Welfare equipments for visually or auditory handicapped persons 200minutes
11. Welfare equipments including ankle foot orthosis that are used by elderly persons Investigate kinds of orthosis for eldery persons 200minutes
12. Rehabilitation robotics Investigate kinds of rehabilitation robotics 200minutes
13. Robots for medical surgery Investigate kinds of medical surgery robotics 200minutes
14. Accessibilities for information and communication technologies Investigate accessbility system for handicapped person 200minutes
Total. - - 2700minutes
Relationship between 'Goals and Objectives' and 'Course Outcomes'

Reports Total.
1. 30% 30%
2. 40% 40%
3. 30% 30%
Total. 100% -
Evaluation method and criteria
Report more than three times. The level 60 points is determined when the basic contents of the objectives have been achieved by the reports.
Feedback on exams, assignments, etc.
ways of feedback specific contents about "Other"
Feedback in the class
Textbooks and reference materials
Introduce texts during the class and prints are handed out related to the article
Office hours and How to contact professors for questions
  • Wednesday 12:30-13:10 (It is better to inform the visit beforehand.)
Non-regionally-oriented course
Development of social and professional independence
  • Course that cultivates an ability for utilizing knowledge
Active-learning course
About half of the classes are interactive
Course by professor with work experience
Work experience Work experience and relevance to the course content if applicable
Education related SDGs:the Sustainable Development Goals
Last modified : Sat Sep 09 07:23:47 JST 2023