MEEN41010 Biomechanics of Cells & Tissues

Academic Year 2020/2021

MEEN41010 Biomechanics of Cells and Tissues

This module will provide students with an understanding of how cells and tissues respond to mechanical forces and how that response can influence surgical interventions and medical device design. Biomechanical forces play a significant role in maintaining healthy tissue, the progression of certain diseases and how implants and foreign bodies are recognised by the host tissue. In this module, we examine the impact of biomechanical forces on healthy and disease tissue as well as the integration of medical device implants within that mechanical environment, with a significant project-based component.

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Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject the student will be able to: 1. Understand the impact of biomechanical forces on cells and tissues. 2. Identify appropriate solution pathways and derive and develop solutions to cell and tissue-based biomechanical problems. 3. Design and conduct data collection and analysis related to tissue biomechanics. 4. Describe in detail the influence of biomechanical forces on medical device integration post-implantation.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
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Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

Engineering mechanics: statics and dynamics. Anatomy and physiology. Biomechanics MEEN40620

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Project: Project Report Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Class Test: Open Book Class Test to be completed on Brightspace Week 11 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment: Additional Assignment on Practical Work Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
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Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
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Name Role
Dr Donal Holland Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Niamh Nowlan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer