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SG2804 Biomechanics of Human Movement 7.0 credits

Course memo Autumn 2021-1

Version 1 – 09/14/2021, 12:49:53 PM

Course offering

Autumn 2021-1 (Start date 01/11/2021, English)

Language Of Instruction

English

Offered By

SCI/Mechanics

Course memo Autumn 2021-1

Course presentation

The course focuses first on the anatomy and physiology of the human muscle-force system, then on biomechanical applications involved in human movement.  Fundamental topics of muscle physiology, anatomy, and treatment, and muscle modeling will be covered first.  From this foundation, the course will focus on methods to analyze biomechanical problems, including kinematics and kinetics of movement and the muscle force system.  Finally, relevant topics requiring such analyses will be discussed, with some emphasis on walking.  Emphasis is placed on analysis, interpretation and critical evaluation of results.

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course focuses first on the anatomy and physiology of the human muscle-force system, then on biomechanical applications involved in human movement.  Fundamental topics of muscle physiology, anatomy, and treatment, and muscle modeling will be covered first.  From this foundation, the course will focus on methods to analyze biomechanical problems, including kinematics and kinetics of movement and the muscle force system.  Finally, relevant topics requiring such analyses will be discussed, with some emphasis on walking.  Emphasis is placed on analysis, interpretation and critical evaluation of results.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the student should be able to:

  • Apply principles of classical mechanics to the study of human motion
  • Describe motion with precise, well-defined mechanical and anatomical terminology
  • Describe the internal and external forces acting on the body during typical human activities
  • Understand how muscle actions control movements
  • Model muscle activation and movement
  • Understand the methods and limitations of different experimental and analytical techniques used

Learning activities

Instruction will be in the form of 2-3 lectures per week (a total of 16 lectures), at least one 2-hour session of experiments in the KTH MoveAbility lab, and ~4 computer labs (2 hours each).

Lectures will be held in lecture rooms according to the schedule as long as we are permitted. 

Computer labs will all be streamed.  Refer to the schedule for the zoom link. You are welcome to participate in the computer room if you’d like, but note that Ruoli may not be there. Bring headphones with a microphone.

Preparations before course start

Specific preparations

Most students are expected to have complete courses in basic mechanics and dynamics, with possible exception to those studying Sports Technology.  No previous coursework in anatomy or physiology is required.

Literature

The course book will be: Biomechanics of Movement; The Science of Sports, Robotics, and Rehabilitation, by Thomas K Uchida and Scott L. Delp. ISBN 9780262044202.  It’s available for purchase from internet bookstores, both as a book and as an e-book (though the e-book is more expensive).  It’s also possible to rent the e-book via the publisher (MIT Press)

Software

1) Matlab

2) The open source program OpenSIM version 4.0 from SimTK will be used in several assignments.  It is a free, open-source software (https://simtk.org/projects/opensim). It is installed in the computer lab, and I recommend you install it on your own computers.

Examination and completion

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination

  • PRO1 - Project, 7.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

The course grade is based on 5 at-home group assignments and 1 at-home group final project. Some of these are presented orally and some in written form.

(Section below is not part of the syllabus)

Project ( PRO1 )

Other requirements for final grade

All projects must be completed satisfactorily.

Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

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Round Facts

Offered By

SCI/Mechanics

Language Of Instruction

English

Course offering

Autumn 2021-1 (Start date 01/11/2021, English)