BME 365-0-01: Control of Human Limbs and Their Artificial Replacements

Quarter Offered

Spring : T 5:00-8:00pm ; Gard


Senior standing with engineering or physical science background


This course considers normal human movement; pathological conditions resulting from disease, injury, malformations, birth, etc.; and engineering approaches such as prostheses (limb replacements) and orthoses (limb assists) that may be able to ameliorate the conditions and promote improved movement and function. An objective of the course is to try to bring together technical analysis and synthesis skills of students with the practical problems of persons disabled by amputation, stroke, spinal cord injury, and other causes.

Who Takes It?

Seniors or Graduate Students with engineering or physical science background


  • Norrmal human walking
  • Transtibial prostheses
  • Transfemoral prostheses
  • Spinal orthoses
  • Cranial molding helmets
  • Body-powered upper-limb prostheses
  • Myoelectric-controlled upper-limb prostheses
  • Student projects & presentations

Required Class Materials

Shurr DG and Michael JW (2002). Prosthetics and Orthotics (2nd Ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall. [ISBN 0-8385-8133-1]