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School of Medicine
Course unit
MEP9085785, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
IF0376, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination BIOMECHANICS
Department of reference Department of Medicine
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in PREVENTIVE AND ADAPTED PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Teacher in charge ZIMI SAWACHA ING-INF/06
Other lecturers CHIARA GIULIA FONTANELLA 000000000000

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines ING-IND/34 Industrial Bioengineering 4.0
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines ING-INF/06 Electronic and Information Bioengineering 4.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 8.0 64 136.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2011 course timetable

Prerequisites: Basic Physiscs, Maths and physiology concepts.
Target skills and knowledge: The course is design to provide an understanding of the principles of musculoskeletal movements and the methods to measure and analyse movements. Basic Movement Analysis principless will be provided, from a biomechanics point of view. Specifically rigid body joint kinematics and kinetics will be addressed also with the aid of some biomechanics case studies. Basic principles of the methodologies adopted in movement analysis for providing direct and indirect measures of human motion will be provided, with a special focus on sterephotogrammetry, force and plantar pressure plates, surface electromyography and inertial sensors.
Examination methods: Written Test
Assessment criteria: The modules are assessed by a written examination. Knowledge of theoretical frameworks and practical skills will be evaluated.
Course unit contents: The programme is intended to provide students with an understanding and knowledge of the technological aspects, and the fundamental and advanced concepts of motion measurement and analysis.
1. Joint mechanics:
1.1. Joint kinematics
1.2. Anatomical landmarks
1.3. Anatomical reference Systems
1.4. Rigid body transformation matrix
1.5. Joint angles, Cardan angles
1.6. Case study: knee joint angles based on Grood & Suntay
2. Joint kinetics
2.1. Dynamics equations
2.2. Direct and Inverse Dynamics
3. Stereophotogrammetry
3.1. Optoelectronic systems
3.2. Motion Analysis Equipment
3.3. Calibration
3.4. Tracking
4. Force plates
4.1. Load cells
4.2. piezoelectric systems
4.3. Calibration
5. Plantar pressure
5.1. - Strain gauges
5.2. Capacitive
5.3. Calibration
6. Surface Electromyography
7. Inertial sensors
7.1. Accelerometers
7.2. Magnetometer
7.3. Gyroscopes
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The programme is intended to provide students with an understanding and knowledge of the technological aspects, and the fundamental and advanced concepts of biomechanics coupled with motion measurement and analysis. Slides, Journal Papers will be provided.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Slides, Journal Papers.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • C.A. Oatis, Kinesiology: The Mechanics and Pathomechanics of Human Movement. --: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo
  • W. Vincent, J. Weir, Statistics in Kinesiology - 4th Edition. --: Human Kinetics, 2012.
  • A. Cappello, A. Cappozzo, P.E Di Prampero, Bioingegneria della postura e del movimento. --: Patron, 2003. Cerca nel catalogo
  • B.M. Nigge W. Herzog, Biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system. --: Wiley, 2003. Cerca nel catalogo
  • G. Legnani, G. Palmieri, Fondamenti di meccanica e biomeccanica del movimento. --: CittàStudiEdizioni, 2016.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Laboratory
  • Case study

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)