BIOE 4750 Experimental Methods in Orthopedic Biomechanics

Designation:    Elective
Description:    The theory and implementation of techniques used for the measurement of forces and motion within the musculoskeletal systems at the system, organ and tissue levels.
Prerequisite:    BIOE 3110 or CIVE 1160
Textbook:    None
Objectives:    The overall aim of this course is to master lab techniques towards measurement of forces and motion at the level of the musculoskeletal systems, organs and tissues.
Topics:    Theory on Kinematics and Joint Loads 
Anatomy and Biomechanics of Spine 
Lab on Kinematics and Joint Loads 
Lab on Biomechanics of the Spine 
Theory of Strain Gages 
Strain Gage Lab 
Stress-Strain Relationships 
Materials Testing Techniques 
Measurement of Strain via Raman Spectroscopy
Schedule:    2 - 1 hour and 15 minute lectures per week
Contribution:    Engineering topics
(a)    An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
(b)    An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
(c)    An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
(e)    An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
(k)    An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
(8a)    An understanding of biology and physiology
Prepared by:    Scott Molitor ( and Tammy Phares (
Last Updated: 6/30/19