Course syllabus


FHLF05, 7,5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2014/15
Decided by: Education Board A
Date of Decision: 2014-04-07

General Information

Elective for: BME4-br, E4-mt, F4, F4-mt, F4-bm, M4, MD4, N4, Pi4-biek
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


The aim of the course is to widen the conceptions of mechanics to also include biological tissues.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


The human body is built up by different elements such as bone, articular cartilage, ligaments, tendons, muscles, blood and body fluids. These elements are described and modelled in the context described in earlier courses in mechanics and solid mechanics. Concepts like constitutive equations and evolution laws are applied to biological material e.g. bone, where effects from mechanical loading on the inner structure are modelled. The architecture of the skeleton and the apparatus of locomotion are described as a mechanical system where the bones are coupled together in joints and the activity in the muscles control the movements.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Three written assignments are performed in groups of 2-3 students during the course. The assignments are reported in written reports and written feedback is given from the course coordinator. In the end of the course there is an individual, written, home exam. This exam is marked with the grades failed, 3, 4, 5 and this grade is also the final grade on the course. Procedures for an extra exam when failed, are arranged after contact with the course coordinator.


Required prior knowledge: Basic courses in mathematics, mechanics and solid mechanics.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: FHL110

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Univ.lektor Ingrid Svensson,
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