Biomechanics of Human Movement

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Biomechanics of Human Movement

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    To introduce the students to the techniques of human movement and load analysis applicable to gait analysis. To introduce the students to a range of prosthetic and orthotic devices in contemporary use. Application of the biomechanics technique in the design, patient fitting and evaluation of orthopaedic prostheses and orthoses will be illustrated. 

    Learning Outcomes
    1. Identify, describe and explain the primary instrumentation techniques for biomechanical measurement, including anthropometrical measurement techniques
    2. State the assumptions underpinning inverse dynamics and forward dynamics mechanical analysis applied to the study of human motion.
    3. Analyse human gait mechanics using the inverse dynamics method, based on motion data, forceplate data and anthropometric data. Calculate link segment kinematic quantities, joint reaction forces, moments, energies and power flows. Relate these quantities to prosthesis or orthosis performance.
    4. Describe, explain and mathematically represent the relationship between force and velocity for muscle behaviour. Describe and explain the Hill model for muscle behaviour. Develop an equation based on the model to represent muscle function.
    5. Explain the principles of operation of mechanical prostheses and orthoses. Describe standard orthotic and prosthetic design features. Explain the principles used to control gait via alignment of prostheses.
    6. Conduct a full mechanical analysis from published gait and force plate data, and, working in a group, generate a well organised report presenting and interpreting the results.

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