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Biomechanics studies the function of the human body, body segments, organs and cells an from a mechanical point of view, combining engineering, anatomy, fisiology and other disciplines in one.
- To understand and apply basic concepts of biomechanics.
- To know the structure and function of human tissues and articular motion.
- To study the tissues and joints movements.
- To know the structure and movements of the human spine.
- To know the function and movements of the human gait
- CB2 - Students must know how to apply their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional way and have the competences that are demonstrated through the creation and defence of arguments and the resolution of problems within their field of study.
- CB3 - Students must have the ability to bring together and interpret significant data (normally within their area of study) and to issue judgements that include a reflection on important issues that are social, scientific or ethical in nature.
- CE2 - To know how to apply the basic concepts of mechanics and biomechanics to resolve problems that are specific to the field of Bioengineering.
- CE7 - To know how to recognise anatomy and physiology when applied to the structures Bioengineering involves.
- CG4 - To resolve problems based on initiative, be good at decision-making, creativity, critical reasoning and communication, as well as the transmission of knowledge, skills and prowess in the field of Bioengineering
- CG5 - To undertake calculations, valuations, appraisals, expert reports, studies, reports, work plans and other similar tasks.
- CT3 - To know how to communicate learning results to other people both verbally and in writing, and well as thought processes and decision-making; to participate in debates in each particular specialist areas.
- CT4 - To be able to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team, whether as a member or by management tasks, with the aim of contributing to undertaking projects based on pragmatism and a feeling of responsibility, taking on commitment while bearing the resources available in mind.
- CT6 - To detect gaps in your own knowledge and overcome this through critical reflection and choosing better actions to broaden your knowledge.
The course should enable the student to:
- understand the the biomechanical aspects of human tissues and articulations related to motion.
- understand basic vocabulary of the field.
- be able to apply engineering aspects to the biological system.
- be familar with scientific approaches being able to discuss and argue in a scientific manner.
- knowing basic means of information gathering.
- be able to relate aspects of physics to the human body and the environment.
1 Introduction and motivation
1.1 Motivation and description of the course
1.2 Application overview
1.3 Introduction to biomechanics
2 Biomechanics of bones and muscles
2.1 Biomechanics of bones
2.2 Biomechanics of muscles
3 Biomechanics of cartilage and tendons
3.1 Biomechanics of cartilage
3.2 Biomechanics of tendons
4 Biomechanics of lower joints
4.3 Ankle and foot
5 Biomechanics of upper joints
5.3 Wrist and hand
6 Biomechanics of the spine
7 The human gait
7.1 Physiological gait
7.2 Pathological gait
8 Applications in biomechanics
8.1 Ergonomic concepts
8.2 Introduction to implant design
Evaluation systems and criteria
The final grade of the course will be calculated as follows:
20% Midterm exam. Individual test.
30% Final Exam. Individual test.
40% Project. Group work.
10% Participation in class, practical sessions, small assignments.
In order to pass the course, a 5.0 needs to be achieved in the total calculation as well as an average of both individual exams.
In case of not reaching a 5.0 averaged between the individual exams, a student may attend the 2nd call of the final exam. In this case, the result of this exam will represent 100% of the individual exams, therefore 50% of the final grade.
Bibliography and resources
Nordin M, Frandel VH. Basic biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system. 3 ed. U.S.A.:Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2001. *Traducido como: Biomecànica bàsica del sistema musculoesquelético, por: McGraw-Hill / Interamericana d'Espanya, SA (2004).
Müller B, Wolf S. Handbook of human motion. Springer 2018. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-14418-4
Hall, SJ. Basic Biomechanics. 7 ed. New York: McGraw-Hill (2012).
Dufour M, Pillu M. Biomecànica functional. Barcelona: Masson; 2006.
Knudson D. Fundamentals of Biomechanics. 2nd ed. New York: Springer; 2012.