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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: ENG2036 Module Title: BIOMECHANICS
Module Provider: Mechanical, Medical & Aero Engineering Short Name: SE3233
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: CIROVIC S Dr (M, M & A Eng)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability

Runs over both Autumn and Spring semesters as one continuous module.

Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment


Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)


Examination (2 hour paper)




Continual assessment (assignment)




Qualifying Condition(s) 


An overall mark of 40% is required to pass the module.


Module Overview
Biomechanics examines physiological systems from the perspective of (engineering) mechanics. This is an introductory course which focuses on the analysis of musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems in humans.
Completion of the progress requirements of Level HE1
Module Aims

To provide students with core understanding of the functioning the human body from an engineering perspective, with the emphasis on:


           Mechanics the whole body movement (walking, running, jumping).

           Mechanics of the musculoskeletal system. 
  Fluid mechanics of the cardiovascular system.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, you will  be able to:


         -  Understand the basic mechanisms of walking and running.

         -   Be able to calculate forces in muscles and joints under static and dynamic conditions.

         -   Understand the role of the long bones as structural elements.
- Understand the physical principles behind the functioning of the cardiovascular system and the specific roles of various parts of the vascular system

Module Content

·         Review of particle dynamics: Basic principles of walking and running.

·         Review of statics: Statics of the musculoskeletal system

·         Review of stress analysis: Analysis of long bones as structural elements; Brief introduction to physical properties of tissues.

·         Review of kinematics and dynamics of rigid bodies: Dynamics of the musculoskeletal system-forces and moments in the joints.
- Cardiovascular system: Heart as a pump, the functions of arteries, microcirculation and veins

Methods of Teaching/Learning

24 hrs lectures, 12 hrs tutorials, and 64 hrs independent learning.

Total student learning time 100 hours

Selected Texts/Journals

Required Reading




Recommended Reading



Ozkaya N and Nordin M, Fundamentals of Biomechanics (equilibrium, motion and deformation), Wiley Interscience, 1999.  (ISBN 04615 09086).



Winter DA, Biomechanics and Motor Control of Human Movement, Wiley, 2005.  (ISBN 04714 4989X).

Last Updated

13 October 2009