40224 - Electronics and Computer Bioengineering

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  • Teacher Silvia Fantozzi

  • Credits 6

  • SSD ING-INF/06

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Sciences and Techniques of Sports Activities (cod. 9069)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale

  • Course Timetable from Oct 12, 2022 to Dec 07, 2022

Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

Knowing area

  • To know the basis of rigid body mechanics
  • To know the fundamentals of human movement biomechanics
  • To know the main protocols used in movement analysis
  • To know some technological solutions available for motor training and rehabilitation

Practical area

  • To calculate the forces in a system in static equilibrium
  • To identify the capabilities and the limits of the foremost instruments for kinematic and dynamic measures

Course contents

Introduction to biomechanics: improving performance and injury prevention.

Physics and mathematics review.

Kinematics. Linear and angular. Human body kinematics.

Statics and dynamics: Newton's laws, free body diagram, center of mass, center of pressure, anthropometric tables, torques, moments of inertia. Angular interpretation of Newton's laws.

Biomechanics exercise: shoulder, elbow, hip and knee.

Stereophotogrammetry: calibration, acquisition, and reconstruction. Errors: instrumental, anatomical landmarks mislocation, and soft tissue artifact. Experimental protocols: saflo, cast, pig.

Electromyography, Force Platform, Inertial Sensors, Global Positioning System (GPS).

Experimental activity in the biomechanics lab.


AA.VV., “Bioingegneria della Postura e del Movimento”, Collana del Gruppo Nazionale di Bioingegneria, vol. 22, Patron ed., 2003

Peter M. McGinnis, "Biomechanics of Exercise and Sport", 2nd Edition, Human Kinetics, 2004

D.Gordon, Robertson, Graham, Caldewll, Hamill, Kamem, Whittlesey, "Research Methods in Biomechanics", Human Kinetics, 2004

Teaching methods

Classes and experimental activities in the biomechanics laboratory.

Assessment methods

Written Examination (Oral optional)

There are three parts:

  1. multiple-choice test on basic theory (5 points)
  2. exercise (12 points)
  3. open question on instrumentation (13 points).

Teaching tools

Blackboard, videoprojector, laboratory.

Office hours

See the website of Silvia Fantozzi