Mechanical & Materials Engineering


MECH828 : Biomechanics of Human Gait



Dr. K. Deluzio216 McLaughlin Halldeluzio@me.queensu.ca(613) 533-2578

Course Description

An overview of the research in biomechanics of human motion with particular focus on gait analysis. Topics include measuring and analysis techniques, biomechanical modelling, and data analysis techniques. Applications include the study of normal, able-bodied gait, and the evaluation of gait pattern changes associated with osteoarthritis, and total knee replacements. The course has a laboratory component that is used to give the student the opportunity to apply the theory covered in class. Three term-hours. K. Deluzio.

PREREQUISITE: Permission of the instructor

Objectives and Outcomes

By the end of the course the student will:

  1. Be able to calculate 3D net joint reaction forces and moments using the inverse dynamics approach using their own programs written in Matlab.
  2. Be able to calculate 3D joint angles of the lower limbs during gait.
  3. Be able to critically review literature related to the biomechanics of human gait.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of the mechanics of human gait at a level required to design, execute, and analyse an experiment addressing a research question regarding human gait.
  5. Be able to compare and contrast different approaches to modelling the lower limb in the analysis of human gait.
  6. Have developed a working knowledge of the Matlab programming language sufficient to develop basic programs and functions.
  7. Have an understanding of the measurement of human gait that includes the theoretical and practical basis of motion capture, and force measurement.
  8. Have developed problem solving skills in solving the problems and questions posed during the laboratory sessions.
  9. Have developed skills related to the organisation and presentation of course material in the journal review sessions and the seminars.

Relevance to the Program

Course Structure and Activities