Introduction to Biomechanics
University of Melbourne
Area of Study
Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering
Taught In English
Either of the following subjects
COMP20005 Engineering Computation
BMEN20001 Biomechanical Physics & Computation
MAST20029 Engineering Mathematics
MAST20009 Vector Calculus
MAST20030 Differential Equations
For students enrolled in MC-ENG Master of Engineering (Biomedical) or (Biomedical with Business), BMEN20001 Biomechanical Physics and Computation and MAST20029 may be taken concurrently.
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewAIMSThe main aim of this course is to introduce students to the basic concepts of the kinematics and dynamics of human motion and the architectural features and mechanical properties of musculoskeletal tissue. Tissue function is then illustrated in the context of normal and pathological movement.INDICATIVE CONTENTSpecific topics covered include: Motion of a Rigid Body (reference frames, angular velocity, two points fixed on a rigid body); Measurement and Processing of Kinematic Data; Body Anthropometry (calculation of centre of mass and mass moment of inertia); Forces and Moments (moments of force, muscle moment arm, inverse dynamics analysis); Work, Energy, Power (kinetic energy, potential energy, elastic strain energy); Tissue Biomechanics (muscle, tendon, ligament, cartilage and bone); Orthopaedic Biomechanics: biomechanics of gait across the lifespan, biomechanical adaptations to training, knee osteoarthritis).INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs)Having completed this subject the student is expected -To understand the basic concepts of mechanics and appreciate the ways in which they can be applied to the study of human movementTo learn about some of the common experimental methods used in biomechanics, with particular emphasis on movementTo understand about some of the basic principles of tissue biomechanics, especially bone, cartilage, ligament and muscle.Assessment:One hour and twenty minutes written test mid semester (10%)Three assignments throughout the semester (10% each) requiring approximately 15 hours of work eachOne written examination of two hours duration at the end of semester (60%).ILOs 1 to 3 are assessed in the final written examination, the mid-semester test, and submitted assignments.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.