Colorado Mines

Colorado School of Mines

MEGN 330


Introduction to Biomechanical Engineering

Fall 2016

Joel M. Bach, Ph.D.


Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30-1:45

Hill Hall 202


This course is intended to provide an introduction to, and overview of, Biomechanical Engineering (hence the title).  It is a prerequisite for several EGGN/BELS courses.  At the end of the semester, students will have an understanding of the application of mechanical engineering principles to the analysis of the human neuro-musculo-skeletal systems and will be prepared for advanced courses in Biomechanical Engineering.

Textbook (optional)

Basic Biomechanics of the Musculoskeletal System, Fourth Edition. Nordin & Frankel


CEEN 311 (Mechanics of Materials, PHGN 200 (Physics II), MEGN 315 (Dynamics, co-requisite)


Exam 1


Exam 2












 The exams will not be cumulative, except in the case where we are building on previous material (e.g. using anatomy throughout the course).

Topics to be covered


Anatomy and Physiology

Bioelectric Phenomenon

Biomechanical Sensors


Biosignal Processing



Human Motion

Tissue Engineering

Imaging Techniques

Rehabilitation Engineering


Classroom Etiquette

—Treat everyone with respect
—No cell phones (please silence the ringer and tone down the buzz)
—No texting
—No passing notes back and forth
—No surfing the web on your laptop/tablet/phone/Google Glass/etc.


Student absences from class, labs, or exams. 

All students are advised to be familiar with CSM’s policy regarding the make-up of work missed due to excused absences.  This policy may be found in the Bulletin.  If a student is ill and exhibits flu-like symptoms, they should not attend class, labs, or exams.  In order for an absence based on illness to be excused, the student must normally communicate directly with the Associate Dean of Students or his/her instructors.  To make this notification process easier, particularly in the case of students suffering flu-like symptoms, we have created a web-based certification system, and strongly encourage students to use this system to automatically notify all of their instructors regarding their illness.  The link to this web-based form is:

In all cases of unexcused absences the faculty member has the right to deny the student the opportunity to make up all or part of the missed work.  The make-up policy for missed work in this class follows: I generally try to be as accommodating as possible, but this has become an extremely large class.  I will offer one opportunity for exam makeup within a few days of the scheduled exam.  In most cases homework will be accepted up to 3 days late for a 20% grade deduction.  Projects will not be accepted late except under extraordinary circumstances.  Presentation absences will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

If you qualify for disability accommodations, please request Disability Services send to me a Confidential Letter of Required Accommodations in a timely manner so that your needs may be addressed.  Contact: 303-273-3377 (