Biofysica van Locomotie


Doel vak

Upon completion of the course, the student:
- has knowledge of and insight into current research questions regarding
human locomotion;
- is able to perform complex analyses of kinematic, kinetic and
physiological data on human locomotion;
- has knowledge of advanced research techniques and methods used in the
study of human locomotion;
- is able to integrate knowledge from biomechanics, (neuro)physiology,
nonlinear dynamics;
- is able to critically evaluate methods used and results obtained in
the study of human locomotion;
- is able to correctly and convincingly present literature results and
interpretations thereof to a specialist audience.

Inhoud vak

This course clarifies how mathematical modeling of the
neuromusculoskeletal system is used in the study of mechanics,
energetics and control of locomotion. Key questions are: Why is walking
metabolically expensive although little external mechanical work seems
to be done? To what extent do humans exploit the passive dynamics of
skeletal linkage? In the search for answers to these questions,
mathematical models of the neuromusculoskeletal system play a key role.
In this course the results of various studies in which such models have
been applied, will be discussed.


lectures/tutorials 13 x 2 hours, practicals 6 x 3 hours
The lectures/tutorials are devoted to critical evaluation of
publications in which modeling and simulation have been used to provide
answers to the key questions mentioned above. The lecturers briefly
outline the theoretical and methodological background of the work in
each publication, and students will take turns in giving a short
presentation on publications and in posing critical questions. The
(computer labs) are intended to provide the students hands-on experience
with mathematical methods.


Participation in the written examination is only allowed for those
students who have been present during no less than 80% of the
lectures/seminars. 70% of the grade for the course is determined by the
grade for the written exam (essay questions) on the course
material; 10% of the grade is determined on the basis of a biomechanics
assignment; 10% of the grade is determined on the basis of critical
questions about articles studied at home; 10% of the grade is determined
on the basis of the student's
answers to the assignments for the computer labs.

Vereiste voorkennis

The student has knowledge and understanding of the material taught in
preceding courses in the BWSB minor, including basic concepts in linear
algebra, calculus, ordinary differential equations, Newtonian
mechanics and exercise physiology. The student is able to use Matlab or
a similar program.


The course is taught with the aid of scientific papers.

Overige informatie

Students who wonder whether their background is adequate for
participation in the course should contact the lecturers at an
early stage. The working language of the course is English, but students
who feel hampered in asking questions and expressing their thoughts in
English are allowed to switch to Dutch.

Afwijkende intekenprocedure

De indeling van werkgroepen/(computer)practica/tutorgroepen etc. vindt plaats via Canvas.

Algemene informatie

Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P3
Vakniveau 300
Onderwijstaal Nederlands
Faculteit Fac. der Gedrags- en Bewegingswetensch.
Vakcoördinator dr. M.F. Bobbert
Examinator dr. M.F. Bobbert
Docenten dr. D.A. Kistemaker
dr. M.F. Bobbert
dr. A.J. van Soest

Praktische informatie

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