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.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Academic level (A-D)

    D
  • Main field of study

    Mechanical Engineering
  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Autumn 18 for programme students

Autumn 17 for programme students

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 main content

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.

Disposition

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

Eligibility

  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.

Literature

Biomechanical Basis of Human Movement av Joseph Hamill

  • ISBN10:1451194048
  • ISBN13:9781451194043

Examination

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

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.

Requirements for final grade

All projects must be completed satisfactorily.

Offered by

SCI/Mechanics

Contact

Lanie Gutierrez-Farewik

Examiner

Elena Gutierrez Farewik <lanie@kth.se>

Version

Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2015.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2009.