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Last modified: 31 Jul 2023 11:19

Course Overview

Our bodies are shaped by the forces that act on them, and to understand movement, we need to understand the nature of that interaction. In this course, students will learn the basis of human movement in terms of the biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system. They will also appreciate the impacts that disease or injury can have on our ability to move, and gain insight into some of the technologies that can help improve function in people with movement disorders.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Edward Chadwick

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

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Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

In this course, students will cover a broad range of topics related to rehabilitation engineering and musculo-skeletal biomechanics. The following topics are indicative of what will be studied during the course:

- Biomechanics of the human musculoskeletal system

- The basis of human movement including forces, moments, and kinematics.

- The impacts of injury or disease on human movement and function.

- The goals of orthopaedics and rehabilitation.

- Advanced assessment and analysis methods for human movement (motion analysis, dynamometry, electromyography).

- Assistive technologies for rehabilitation (including currently available devices and future perspectives).

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Poster presentation (30%)

Coursework report - biomechanical analysis (70%)



Resit failed component(s)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralAnalyseInterpret biomechanical data such as kinematics, kinetics and EMG to assess human movement.
ConceptualEvaluateAssess the benefits and limitations of a range of measurement methods for the assessment of movement disorders.
ConceptualEvaluateDiscuss the impact of disease and injury on human movement.
ConceptualCreateEvaluate the potential of selected rehabilitation technologies for restoring function in people with movement disorders.
ProceduralApplyPerform biomechanical analyses to quantify human movement in terms of kinematics and kinetics, using specialist software tools.

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