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Coursework

A wide variety of courses is available to help prepare students to conduct research in the OSU Neuromuscular Biomechanics Lab. Listed below are some of the basic courses of interest. This list is not exhaustive, and new courses in biomechanics and medical device design will be created over the next few years at Ohio State.

Biomechanics Courses in Mechanical Engineering

ME 4905 - Senior Capstone Design
This series allows students to design and prototype assistive devices for persons with disabilities. Collaboration with students and faculty from Biomedical Engineering, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

ME 5700/6700 (formerly ME 687) - Introduction to Musculoskeletal Biomechanics
Fundamental anatomy and physiology. Mechanics of muscle, tendon, ligament, meniscus, and bone. Equations of motion for human movement. Introduction to experimental techniques in musculoskeletal biomechanics.

ME 7385 - Advanced Methods in the Dynamics and Control of Human and Animal Movement
Mathematical ideas from control theory, optimization, nonlinear dynamics, and numerical computation that will be used to understand human, animal, and movement behavior and design.

ME 8702 (formerly 787) - Neuromuscular Biomechanics
Mechanics and neural control of movement. State-of-the-art assessment of upper and lower extremity dynamics. Emphasis on rehabilitation and design of assistive devices for movement disorders. Modeling and simulation of human movement.

Biomechanics Courses in Other Departments

Anatomy 6220 - Anatomy for Engineers
An overview of human anatomy is presented in a course especially designed for engineers. Lectures are complemented by dissection labs.

Anatomy 7500 - Radiologic Anatomy
An overview of basic imaging techniques like X-ray, CT, and MRI. The anatomy of individual body regions will be studied as each appears in images obtained using the different techniques. Imaging is very frequently used in biomechanics, and this class will help you identify key anatomic structures.

Anatomy 7892 - Injury Biomechanics
A discussion based seminar exploring new methods and research in injury biomechanics.

BIOMEDE 5421 - Tissue Mechanics
Mechanical characterization of biological tissues at the organ and system level; exploration of interactions with physiological and pathological conditions. Students have commented that the course is a nice complement to ME 6700.

EEOB 2520 - Human Physiology (for undergrads)
A survey of the human nervous system, sense organs, muscle function, circulation, respiration, digestion, metabolism, kidney function, and reproduction. The course is offered very early in the morning, but it is a terrific introduction to the body for undergraduates.

Health and Rehabilitation Science 7795: Instrumentation for Quantifying Movement & Muscle Function in Clinical Practice and Research 
The purpose of this instrumentation course is to introduce students to the wide variety of equipment that is used to make biomechanical measurements in clinical and research settings. We will discuss the technology/theory that was used to develop each measurement technique, how it is typically used, and its advantages and limitations. 

Physical Therapy 6250 - Neural Basis of Movement
Introduction to sensory and motor systems, basis of the neurologic screening examination and principles of motor control theory.

Physical Therapy 7235 - Biomechanics for Physical Therapy
Introduction the musculoskeletal structure and function, the biomechanical basis of human movement, and musculoskeletal disease and injury processes.

Other Useful Courses in Mechanical Engineering

ME 5139 - Applied Finite Element Method
Overview of finite element method, description of finite element software, modeling requirements and techniques, analysis using general purpose software, case studies. Every mechanical engineer should have a basic understanding of how to run a finite element analysis.

ME 5680 - Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing 
Rapid prototyping using CAD/CAM software and the CNC milling machines in the student machine shop. A great class that will help you to think about things differently. Similar to ME 5139, I think that every mechanical engineer should have a basic understanding of these skills. 

ME 5682 - Fundamental of Product Design Engineering 
Principles of current engineering, design for manufacturing and assembly, concept generation and evaluation, design prototyping. A great class that will help you to think about things differently.

ME 7230 - Advanced Engineering Dynamics
Rigid body kinematics and dynamics, rotation transformations, Euler angles.

ME 7752 - Mechanical Design of Manipulators and Robots
Principles of hardware and software design of industrial robots and related devices; includes use of actual industrial robot programming procedures.

ME 7761 - Optimization in Mechanical Design
Application of analytical optimization methods to the solution of deterministic and probabilistic mechanical design problems.

Useful Courses in Other Departments

Math 2568 - Linear Algebra
Linear algebra techniques are frequently used in biomechanics. This course provides a good introduction to the field.

Statistics 6410 - Design and Analysis of Experiments
The linaer model for experimental designs and analysis of variance. These tools are quite useful for analyzing data in biomechanics. 

Statistics 6450 - Applied Regression Analysis
Simple and multiple linear regression. These tools are quite useful for analyzing data in biomechanics.