BI3BM17-Biomechanics

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites: BI1PH17 Physics for Biomedical Engineering
Non-modular pre-requisites:
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Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Prof William Harwin

Email: w.s.harwin@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

Aims:
To introduce the human from a cybernetics viewpoint, in particular to look at the design of human sensory-motor systems.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of this module the students should be able to:
• Understand basic human biomechanics and the neural controller
• Understand simple models of the muscles, tendons, neurons, proprioceptors and other elements associated with movements.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
The course will look at how humans and animals move. This will include the sensory mechanisms that monitor movement, the muscles and the spinal reflex, and hypothesised mechanisms as to how the brain direct movements. Movement patterns considered will include animal gaits, minimum jerk methods, cerebellum predictors and the equilibrium point hypothesis.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module comprises lectures and guided independent study.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Practicals classes and workshops 9
Guided independent study: 65 6
       
Total hours by term 94 6
       
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Written assignment including essay 30

Summative assessment- Examinations:
2 hours

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:
    40%

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Examination

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 8 April 2019

    THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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