Movement Analysis and Musculoskeletal Modeling


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


Students who complete the module: 

  • have knowledge about the advantages and limitations of methods used to assess human movement.  
  • have knowledge about the general principles of optical and inertial motion capture systems.
  • have knowledge about basic data visualization/processing to interpret human movement data. 
  • have basic knowledge on the theoretical background of musculoskeletal models. 
  • have an overview on the applications of movement analysis, including musculoskeletal modeling, in orthopaedics and rehabilitation. 


Students who complete the module: 

  • can compare different technological solutions to capture motion regarding minimal requirements and error sources.  
  • can design and execute a motion capture session using an optical motion capture system. 
  • can design and execute a motion capture session using an inertial motion capture system. 
  • can analyse data from optical motion capture systems by applying tracking and data filtering techniques. 
  • can analyse data from inertial motion capture systems by exporting and segmenting data of interest.
  • can acquire motion capture data in laboratory settings and run musculoskeletal simulations using the acquired data.
  • can critically assess captured data for measurement errors. 


Students who complete the module: 

  • can critically evaluate the limitations of motion capture data and musculoskeletal modeling, and the possible effects of these limitations on analysis results. 
  • can integrate motion capture analyses with other biomechanical data sources (e.g., force and electromyography) and interpret these results within the context of the research problem.
  • can access human movement using biomechanical tools to access movement deficits and/or evaluate the effect of interventions. 

Type of instruction

The teaching is organized in accordance with the general form of teaching. Please see the programme cirruculum §17.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS course module the expected workload is 150 hours for the student.



Name of examMovement Analysis and Musculoskeletal Modeling
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Permitted aidsInformation about allowed helping aids for the examination will be published in the description of the semester/module.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleBevægelsesanalyse og muskelskeletal modellering
Module codeM-BM-K1-3
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)
Study BoardStudy Board of Mechanical Engineering and Physics
DepartmentDepartment of Materials and Production
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science