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SM2501 Biomechanics of Human Movement 7.5 credits

Biomechanics is a large and growing field that can broadly be defined as applying the use of mechanics to study living systems. Studying biomechanics of human movement includes the dynamics involved in locomotion, the relationship between movement and forces - both internal and external, simulation and prediction of movement, etc. This course will focus on movement of the human body and accompanying forces, fundamentals of motion production, analysis, and modeling. The course focuses first on the anatomy and physiology of the human musculoskeletal system, with examples from typical development and from pathology of the neuromusculoskeletal system. From this foundation, the course will focus on methods to analyze biomechanical problems, including kinematics and kinetics of movement, with experiments, computations and musculoskeletal simulation. Relevant topics requiring such analyses will be discussed, in particular walking and bipedal movements. Emphasis is placed not only on computation, but also on interpretation and critical evaluation of results. Teaching consists of lectures, experiments and data collection on human subjects, group discussions, computer laboratories and guest lecturers. The examination consists of 4 group projects that are carried out during the teaching period.

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Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SM2501 (Autumn 2024–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Completed degree project on Bachelor level with major in technology.

English B / English 6

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

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


  • PRO1 - Project, 7.5 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.

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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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

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

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Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

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