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Exercise Sciences 663


Matt SeeleyClassroom Location: 204 RB & 124 RB (Biomechanics Laboratory)
Office Location: 120F Richards Building
Office Phone: 801.422.4970
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm

Course Description & Purpose

This course is designed to help students learn how to collect, analyze, interpret, and present certain kinds of biomechanical data: (1) surface electromyography, (2) ground reaction force, and (3) joint kinetic data. While learning how to use some of the instruments in the biomechanics lab, students will become better prepared to make biomechanical measurements and better understand the forces and motions involved in human movement. Students will learn how to perform some calculations related to the analysis of collected data. Students will understand precisely what data are collected and the physical phenomena those data represent.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, students will:

  • Understand general concepts that are related to collection and analysis of some biomechanical data. These concepts include: analog to digital conversion, sampling rate, frequency analysis, signal noise and filters, and some other signal processing techniques and issues.
  • Understand how to collect and analyze electromyography data, to better understand neuromuscular activity during human motion.
  • Understand how to use force platforms to better understand forces that are involved during human motion.
  • Know how to combine motion analysis and force platform data, and perform inverse dynamics calculations to more fully understand the mechanics of human motion.

Assessment Breakdown

Assessment% of Final Grade
Project 1 (Individual): Signal Collection, Processing, & Analysis15
Project 2 (Group): Electromyography Data15
Project 3 (Group): Force Platform Data15
Project 4 (Group): Joint Kinetics Presentation15
Final Exam (Individual)40


You will complete four small projects during the term. Each of these projects are designed to help you accomplish the course learning outcomes. Project 1 will be an individual assignment, while Projects 2-4 will be completed in groups. Project 1 will consist of some mathematical calculations and presentations of collected data. Projects 2 (EMG), 3 (force platform), and 4 (joint kinematics and kinetics) will describe small research projects that have attempted to answer research questions of your choosing. You will be required to describe Projects 2 and 3 in the format of an abstract that could be submitted for presentation at the American Society of Biomechanics Annual Meeting (sample abstracts). A rubric describing how these abstracts will be graded can be found here: abstract rubric. For Project 4, you will present the data collected for Project 4 in the way that you would do at the aforementioned professional meeting. Here is a sample presentation.

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A comprehensive exam will be given on Thursday, June 18, from 3:00 to 4:50 pm. Plan now to take the exam at this time.

Tentative Course Schedule

Tentative Course Calendar

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