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Course information for Tissue biomechanics BMEN10

Course objectives

The aim of the course is to deepen the knowledge in biomechanics and mechanobiology of the skeletal tissues (bone, articular cartilage, tendons, and ligaments) and to understand the pathomechanics of injury, adaption, and degenerative changes with aging. Moreover, the course aims to provide an insight into current biomechanical research of skeletal tissues.

Responsible teachers: Hanna Isaksson (HI) (, BMC-D13, room D1341a, and Lorenzo Grassi (LG) (, BMC-D13, room D1328b.

Teaching assistants: Elin Törnquist (ET) (, Isabella Silva-Barreto (ISB) ( Thomas Notermans (TN) (, Joeri Kok (JK) (, available at BMC-D13.


Office hours: See preliminary hours in schedule. Office hours will be conducted digitally via Zoom (the link to each Zoom session will be posted on Canvas).


Course literature:

  • Handouts: Lecture notes, research articles, book chapters and example problems.   
  • Assignments: One literature study assignment and two experimental and numerical laboratory assignments.

Handouts and assignments will be available through Canvas (


Schedule:  Please see detailed schedule on next page/under schedule.


Types of teaching: Traditional lecturing is mixed with problem solving and group exercises. Two sets of experimental and numerical laboratory assignments are included. All sessions are scheduled. 

-          All lectures will take place digitally on zoom. Zoom links are provided via Canvas. The lectures will also be recorded and later uploaded on Canvas. Please note that breaks and question time will not be recorded.

-          The experimental and numerical labs will be given live on campus in smaller groups. For each lab activity, you will find the groups in Canvas (under People) and subscribe to the group that suits your schedule (will open first week of course). If you cannot attend the labs in person on campus, please contact the responsible teachers, and we will find a digital solution for you.


Examination: The examination of the course consists of one compulsory assignment (A1) and two laboratory reports (Bone lab and Tendon lab).

-          Assignment A1 is generally performed in groups of 2-4 students but can this year also be done individually. It includes choosing a research topic, reading, analysing, and presenting the topic. It is handed in as a short summary (max 3 pages for groups, 2 pages for individual students) and is presented to the other students orally at a zoom-seminar (12 + 5 min for groups, 6 + 5 min for individual students).

-          The two laboratory parts are divided into one experimental and one numerical laboratory exercise each. For each of the two laboratory sets, one report from both numerical and experimental exercises is completed and handed in individually (max 10 pages).     


Grading: The assignment and each of the laboratory report receive written feedback and must be approved for passing the course with grade 3. Assignment A1 can maximum give 20 points, and the laboratory reports can each give a maximum of 40 points. On each assignment, 50% is required for passing the course with grade 3. The final grade of the course is based on the total number of points: Fail < 50 p. Grade 3: 51-69 p. Grade 4: 70-89 p. Grade 5: 90-100 p. 

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