MEEN40620 Biomechanics

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module covers the background and basic principles of biomechanics, with particular emphasis on the study of human movement (rigid body mechanics) and the mechanical properties of tissue (continuum mechanics). Emphasis is placed on the development of models to describe mechanical behaviours of biological systems. The module includes a substantial project-based component.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:
1. Apply engineering principles to biological systems in order to reduce the problem to an appropriate level of complexity.
2. Identify appropriate solution pathways and derive and develop solutions to biomechanical problems.
3. Design and conduct data collection and analysis related to biomechanical systems.
4. Develop analytical and numerical models of biomechanical systems, and use those models to predict mechanical behaviours.

Indicative Module Content:

Motion capture
Kinematics of human movement
Kinetics of human movement
Mechanical power analysis
Viscoelasticity and hyperelasticity
The use of hyperelastic models to describe soft tissue tensile test behaviour
The structure and function of biological tissues

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Problem-based learning;
Group work. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

Engineering mechanics: statics and dynamics.
Solid mechanics.
Anatomy and physiology.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Biomechanics (EEME40480)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Group and individual assignments throughout the trmester Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components

Not yet recorded

Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

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Name Role
Dr Donal Holland Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Eoin O'Cearbhaill Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 13:00 - 13:50
Laboratory Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 16:00 - 17:50