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Mechanics of Human Movement


This course deals with applying principles of mechanics to movements of the human body. Understanding the biomechanics of human movement is necessary for the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and design of aids for rehabilitation. This course will introduce the necessary anatomy, modeling and analysis techniques, and discuss some applications to the design of assistive devices.

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Final Exam (in-person, invigilated, currently conducted in India) is mandatory for Certification and has INR Rs. 1100 as exam fee.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Students from Engineering, Physiotherapy, Prosthetics & Orthotics can attend this course.


UG/PG: UG and PG

PREREQUISITES: Engineering Mechanics



Dr. Sujatha Srinivasan graduated with her B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras in 1992, her MSME from the University of Toledo, USA in 1994, and after a long stint in the prosthetics industry, her Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in 2007. Currently, she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and heads the TTK Center for Rehabilitation Research and Device Development (R2D2) at IIT Madras. Her research is in the areas of mechanisms, movement biomechanics and assistive devices.


Week 1  :  Introduction to the musculoskeletal system, joints, movements, terminology
Week 2  :  Skeletal muscles – structure, function, characteristics
Week 3  :  Principles of statics applied to the human body
Week 4  :  Principles of statics applied to the human body - continued
Week 5  :  Principles of statics applied to the human body - continued
Week 6  :  Principles of kinetics applied to the human body
Week 7  :  Principles of kinetics applied to the human body - continued
Week 8  :  Principles of kinetics applied to the human body - continued
Week 9  :  Inverse dynamics analysis, balance
Week 10  :  Introduction to human walking
Week 11  :  Characteristics of normal and pathological gait
Week 12  :  Applications to the design of assistive devices


• Fundamentals of Biomechanics: Equilibrium, Motion, and Deformation, Nihat Ozkaya and Margareta Nordin
• Basic Biomechanics, Susan J. Hall
• Biomechanical Basis of Human Movement, Joseph Hamill and Kathleen Knutzen
• Human Factors Engineering, Chandler Allen Philips
• Human Body Dynamics, Aydin Tozeren
• Biomechanical Analysis of Fundamental Human Movements, Arthur Chapman
• Biomechanics and Motor Control of Human Movement, David Winter
• Gait Analysis – Normal and Pathological Funtion, Jacquelin Perry and Judith Burnfield
• Gait Analysis, Michael Whittle
• Journal articles
  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date of Exams : October 28 (Sunday)
  • Time of Exams : Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon session: 2pm to 5pm
  • Exam for this course will be available in both morning & afternoon sessions.
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.


  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of  Best 8 out of 12 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.