• Offered by Research School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering, Mechanical, Biomedical Science
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Qinghua Qin
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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This course introduces students to concepts of mechanics as they apply to human movement, particularly those pertaining to exercise, sport, and physical activity and to teach engineering skills needed to solve challenges in the biomaterials and tissue engineering area. The student should gain advanced knowledge and analysing skills  on the mechanical and anatomical principles that govern human motion and develop the ability to link the structure of the human body with its function from a mechanical perspective. The course also introduces students to a spectrum of materials used in biomedical engineering, biological-biomaterials interactions, host responses, and materials evaluations.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Describe motion with precise, well-defined mechanical and anatomical terminology.

2. Identify relationships between structure and function in tissues and the implications/importance of these relationships.

3. Evaluate and quantify linear and angular characteristics of human movements.

4. Evaluate the stresses and strains in biological tissues, given the loading conditions and material properties.

5. Analyse the forces at a skeletal joint for various static and dynamic human activities.

6. Analyse the structure, function and motion of the human body as well as evaluate basic principles of human skeletal muscle mechanics.

7. Concieve practical projects associated with biomedical engineering and human motion, and analyse how they achieve optimal biomaterial function and performance.

Professional Skills Mapping: 
Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies 

Indicative Assessment

20% Problem sets at the end of each chapter

20% Course projects and Quizzes

60% Final exam

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Lecture and Practice Hours: 3 hours per week for the whole semester

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed ENGN1215 and ENGN2217

Prescribed Texts

Susan J. Hall, Basic Biomechanics, 7th Edition, McGraw Hill, 2014




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3096
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3540 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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