Course syllabus


BMEN05, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2023/24
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering, LTH
Decided by: PLED BME
Date of Decision: 2023-04-13

General Information

Elective for: BME4-bdr, 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 systems.

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 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.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. Newton´s equations are applied on the different parts of the skeleton and concepts like constitutive equations are applied to biological material e.g. bone, where effects from mechanical loading on the inner structure are modelled.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
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.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.


Assumed prior knowledge: Basic courses in mathematics, mechanics and solid mechanics or engineering mechanics.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: FHL110, FHLF05

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Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Lorenzo Grassi,
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