6 ECTS credits
180 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 4017088DNR for all students in the 2nd semester at a (D) Master - preliminary level.

2nd semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Grading method
Grading (scale from 0 to 20)
Can retake in second session
Enrollment Requirements
Registration for Biomechanics is allowed if one is registered for or has successfully accomplished From Genome to Organism.
Taught in
Partnership Agreement
Under interuniversity agreement for degree program
Faculty of Engineering
Electronics and Informatics
External partners
Universiteit Gent
Educational team
Carlos David Rodriguez Guerrero (course titular)
Patrick SEGERS
Activities and contact hours
54 contact hours Lecture
18 contact hours Seminar, Exercises or Practicals
Course Content

Position of the course
Aim of the course is to give the students insight in normal and pathological human biomechanical processes and to develop tools and skills for the design and development of biomechanics based diagnosis and therapy.


  • Introduction to biomechanics
  • Mechanical characteristics of biological tissue
  • Rheology
  • Micro- and Macrocirculation
  • Computational biomechanics
  • Celbiomechanics
  • Experimental biomechanics
  • Biomechanics of bone, tendon and ligaments
  • Biomechanics of cartilage, muscles and nerves
  • Biomechanics of hip, shoulder and spine
  • Biomechanics of knee, ankle and foot
  • Bone adaptation
  • Biomechanics of bone regeneration
  • Mechanical characteristics of cartilage
  • Introduction to kinesiology and motion analysis: theory
  • Introduction to kinesiology and gait analysis
Additional info

For more information, please look at the course specification on the following link:


Learning Outcomes

Algemene competenties

  1. The student will be familiar with insight in the human biomechanics and the design requirements for appropriate medical devices.
  2. Knowledge of Computer Aided Design, specifically the use of the finite element method for biomechanical challenges
  3. Analysis and reporting of finite element studies
  4. Searching of scientific, biomedically oriented information (Pubmed, web of science) through project work, processing of this information into input for finite element model
  5. basic knowledge of biomechanics of hard- and soft tissues, gait analysis and mechanobiology

This course contributes to the following programme outcomes of the Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering:


1. exact sciences with the specificity of their application to engineering
3. the advanced methods and theories to schematize and model complex problems or processes
4. reformulate complex engineering problems in order to solve them (simplifying assumptions, reducing complexity)
5. conceive, plan and execute a research project, based on an analysis of its objectives, existing knowledge and the relevant literature, with attention to innovation and valorization in industry and society
6. correctly report on research or design results in the form of a technical report or in the form of a scientific paper
8. collaborate in a (multidisciplinary) team
10. develop, plan, execute and manage engineering projects at the level of a starting professional


12. a creative, problem-solving, result-driven and evidence-based attitude, aiming at innovation and applicability in industry and society
16. an attitude of life-long learning as needed for the future development of his/her career


17. Knowledge of medical sciences to a level that is relevant to function within the context of biomedical technology.
18. To apply acquired knowledge and skills for the design, development, implementation and evaluation of biomedical products, systems and techniques  in the health care sector
19. To have knowledge of and insight in the role and possibilities of technology in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, matching the needs of the patient and health care provider


The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Other Exam determines 100% of the final mark.

Within the Other Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Examen with a relative weight of 1 which comprises 100% of the final mark.

Additional info regarding evaluation


Allowed unsatisfactory mark
The supplementary Teaching and Examination Regulations of your faculty stipulate whether an allowed unsatisfactory mark for this programme unit is permitted.

Academic context

This offer is part of the following study plans:
Master of Photonics Engineering: On campus traject
Master of Photonics Engineering: Online/Digital traject