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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

MECH5210M Structure and Functional Biomechanics

15 creditsClass Size: 18

Module manager: Dr Claire Brockett
Email: C.L.Brockett@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is mutually exclusive with

MECH3200Structure and Function of the Body

Module replaces

MECH 5205M Structure and Function of the Body

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

In terms of professional skills students will have the opportunity to develop laboratory skills in dissection (of animal tissue sourced from the food chain) and recording this as an “industry standard” standard operating procedure. To use literature searching and other sources to understand test protocols appropriate for the mechanical testing of anatomical structures and analytical and verbal reasoning skills in relation to gait data analysis.

Objectives

The objective of this module is for students to develop an overview and applied knowledge of anatomical structures and functional biomechanics. On completion of this module, students should be able to describe and locate anatomical positions and directional terms, planes, and sections; and demonstrate an awareness of the layers of structural organisation in the human body and relate this to mechanical function at a tissue and whole body level.

Learning outcomes
1. Use appropriate terminology (in written and verbal descriptions) to describe anatomical positions, movements, planes, and sections; as well as structures in a body system (e.g. musculoskeletal, cardiovascular)
2. Relate the layers of structural organisation in a load bearing system to function, and be able to develop appropriate testing methodologies to assess function. Apply this knowledge to make recommendations about substitute materials in a medical engineering application.
3. Describe whole body biomechanics in terms of free body diagrams and relate this to anatomy
4. Understand how motion / gait data can be collected; analyse and compare gait data sets, specifically assess joint moments.

Upon successful completion of this module the following UK-SPEC learning outcome descriptors are satisfied:
A comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles and methodology necessary to underpin their education in their engineering discipline, and an understanding and know-how of the scientific principles of related disciplines, to enable appreciation of the scientific and engineering context, and to support their understanding of relevant historical, current and future developments and technologies (SM1m)
Ability to apply and integrate knowledge and understanding of other engineering disciplines to support study of their own engineering discipline and the ability to evaluate them critically and to apply them effectively (SM3m)
Understanding of concepts from a range of areas, including some outside engineering, and the ability to evaluate them critically and to apply them effectively in engineering projects (SM6m)
Ability to apply quantitative methods in order to understand the performance of systems and components (EA2i)
Ability to use fundamental knowledge to investigate new and emerging technologies (EA5m)
sources (P4)
Apply their skills in problem solving, communication, information retrieval, working with others and the effective use of general IT facilities (G1)
Exercise initiative and personal responsibility, which may be as a team member or leader (G4)

Ability to extract and evaluate pertinent data and to apply engineering analysis techniques in the solution of unfamiliar problems (EA6m)
Knowledge of characteristics of particular materials, equipment, processes or products (P2)
Ability to apply relevant practical and laboratory skills (P3)
Understanding of the use of technical literature and other information sources (P4)
Apply their skills in problem solving, communication, information retrieval, working with others and the effective use of general IT facilities (G1)
Exercise initiative and personal responsibility, which may be as a team member or leader (G4)


Syllabus

This module provides an overview of mechanical loading bearing body systems in terms of anatomy and function. Students will learn to describe the system in anatomical terms in relation to position, directions and the structures. The layers of structural organisation in the system will be used to describe function at a tissue structure level and also in terms of whole body biomechanics. Students will have the opportunity to gain an appreciation of gait analysis in terms of collection and analysis of data.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Practical13.003.00
Seminar23.006.00
Tutorial111.0011.00
Independent online learning hours30.00
Private study hours100.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Online learning will be using an external resource (Primal on-line) to understand the anatomy of the system and learn how it is described, this will include formative assessment in the form on on-line quizzes
Additional private study will be undertaken in terms of literature searching and following directed reading to understand structure function relationships of tissue and whole body systems.
Gait analysis data will be analysed in using guidance provided.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student led via on line quizzes (as often as needed by student)
In discussions in tutorial sessions with academic staff (prior to each coursework submission)

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Group ProjectFollow up from laboratory session: delivery of standard operating procedure (6 pages) and completion of worksheet identifying anatomical structures (2-4 pages)34.00
Oral PresentationInterview (one to one discussion) re gait data collection and analysis33.00
Poster PresentationPoster relating anatomy and function at a tissue level33.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

August resit will be in the form of a new piece of coursework.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 20/09/2021

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