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Soft Tissue and Cellular Biomechanics (BMEN90029)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeBMEN90029
Semester 1
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This subject aims to develop students’ knowledge and capabilities in experimental and computational biomechanics of cells and soft-tissues. Students will apply fundamental mathematical theory of nonlinear continuum mechanics and computational approaches to solve stress-equilibrium equations. Students will learn fundamentals in cell signalling and how cell- and sub-cellular-level processes affect cell and tissue mechanical properties. These concepts will be put to practice in project-based and examination assessments.


  • Nonlinear continuum mechanics theory
  • Computational techniques for solving nonlinear mechanics problems
  • Soft-tissue mechanical properties
  • Cytoskeletal networks and mechanics
  • Signalling pathtways and systems-biology related to mechanics of cells and tissues

Intended learning outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the fundamental mathematical principles behind nonlinear continuum mechanics
  2. Describe and construct biochemical models of cell signalling pathways that affect cell and tissue mechanics
  3. Construct computational models of the mechanics of soft-tissues and cells
  4. Describe how the mechanical behaviour of cells and tissues in the body are regulated by chemical and mechanical signals
  5. Construct multi-scale models of mechanics and signalling in cells and tissues
  6. Demonstrate skills in communicating results from engineering research in written form.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following skills:

  • The ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning
  • Profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of scholarship
  • An ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals

Last updated: 9 November 2018