SG2804 Biomechanics of Human Movement 7.0 credits

Människans rörelsemekanik

lThe 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.

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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

Course Disposition

Lectures, discussions, data collection at a motion analysis laboratory, computer labs, project presentations and reports.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

  Mechanics I and II, or corresponding courses.

Recommended prerequisites

Mechanics I and II or corresponding courses. I.e. statics plus dynamics of particles and rigid bodies.

Equipment

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Literature

Biomechanical Basis of Human Movement av Joseph Hamill

  • ISBN10:1451194048
  • ISBN13:9781451194043

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.

Other requirements for final grade *

All projects must be completed satisfactorily.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Examiner

Elena Gutierrez Farewik

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SCI/Mechanics

Main field of study *

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Contact

Lanie Gutierrez-Farewik

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.