K530 | 2061 | Haven

Mechanical Analysis of Human Movement CLASS MEETING: Class meets for one 75 minute period daily. COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course deals with biomechanics and the application of biomechanics to the human body and the analysis of human movements. Biomechanics involves the use of the tools of mechanics, the branch of physics that analyzes the actions of forces, in the study of the antomical and functional aspects of human movement. The study of human biomechanics may include questions such as whether the amount of force the muscles are producing is optimal for the intended purpose of the movement. Anthropometric factors, including the size, shape and weight of the body segments, are other important considerations in a biomechanical analysis. A problem solving approach is used to help the student understand both the qualitative and quantitative aspects of biomechanical principles as applied to the human body. REQUIRED TEXT: Hall, Susan, Basic Biomechanics, Mosby Year Book, 3rd Edition. Reading assignments will be from the Hall text, Basic Biomechanics. Additional readings are required from the Kreigbaum and Barthels book which is available on reserve in the HPER library. GRADING PROCEDURES: Your grade for the class will be based on homework, discussion, a midterm test and a final exam. Portions will be weighted as follows: 4 Homework Assignments 20% 3 Quizzes 15% Participation/Discussion 15% Midterm Exam 25% Final Exam 25% Homework problems will be assigned on Mondays and due on Thursdays. Thursday class will be used as a discussion for the homework problems. Students will work in groups to present selected problems to the class for discussion. You will be graded on the presentation for your group as well as on the written work you turn in for your homework. For exams, you will be graded using T-scores based on 8-10 previous classes. T-scores can be converted into approximate letter grades using the following scale: T-score Letter grade 60+ A 53-59 B 45-52 C 40-44 D less than 40 F Problem sets will be graded only a +, , - or a zero and can be considered letter grades A, B, C or F. Assignments that are turned in late will not be accepted unless some previous arrangements have been made, and the student will receive a grade of zero for that assignment. If for some reason you will not be able to attend the class when as assignment is due, it is up toyou to turn the assignment in at any time before the due date. Quizzes will be graded on a 100 point scale using the following scale: 90-100 A 80-89 B 70-79 C 60-69 D less than 60 F Participation and discussion grades will be given based on your contribution to discussion of problem sets and your presentation of individual questions in the problem sets.