WESTERN NEW ENGLAND UNIVERSITY
College of Engineering
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Biomechanics I (BME 351)
You are required to do a term paper for this class. The topic of term paper is of your choosing as
long as it covers some type of statics or biomechanics that is based on skeletal clinical
biomechanics. Some possible examples include: postural sway during standing tasks, stress on
the body due to yoga, topics in sports biomechanics, topics in joint replacements, topics in dental
implants, or prosthetics that concern patient balance. Topics dealing with cell and tissue,
cardiovascular mechanics, or instrumentation (i.e. how a prosthetic is designed) will not be
appropriate. If you have questions please speak with me.
Due: April 24, 2019
You will find between 5 and 7 peer reviewed published articles. All of the papers must be
published within the last 5 years. I will allow you to have 1 paper within the last 15 years.
Review the articles and then combine what you have learned into your paper. The paper is to be
structured as follows:
1. Abstract: 200 words or less. This is a summary of your paper. Provide the highlights of
what you have written in each of the sections. You will lose points if you go over 200
2. Introduction: Explain what your topic is. Why it is important and why people are
studying it. Describe the reviewed papers purposes and hypotheses and your hypothesis
for this paper.
3. Methods: What was done? How were things measured? What are the differences and
similarities? What statistical methods were used? How are you going to analyze the data
to answer your question?
4. Results: What did everyone find? What are the results that you have determined through
5. Discussion: This is the most important part of your paper. This is where you talk about
everything you learned, why it is important, what your results mean and why are they
clinically relevant and why should people care about this. Also include strengths and
weaknesses of the papers and your own results limitations. Last paragraph should be a
6. References: In the standard format.
To be successful you will need at least 5 to 7 pages and no more than 10 pages.
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