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Postgraduate Course: Imaging: Biomechanics (NEME11023)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis optional course will cover both fluid / flow biomechanics as well as musculoskeletal biomechanics. The former will be covered in lectures on biofluid dynamics, the mechanics of solids, of the normal circulation and of ageing and diseased arteries. Blood and blood flow, mechanotransduction, examples of simulation and modelling will allow more in-depth exploration of the fluid / flow biomechanics. Musculoskeletally, bone and implants and their response to loads, as well as bone micro-structure and its constitutive behaviour will be the initial focus, with lectures on the skeletal muscle and image guided computational modelling of musculoskeletal components exploring musculoskeletal biomechanics in greater detail.
Course description Under development - will be listed explicitly on the Imaging MSc website at

Proposed Modules will cover but not be limited to:
+ Introduction to biomechanics
+ Introduction to biofluid dynamics
+ Introduction to the mechanics of solids
+ Mechanics of the normal circulation
+ Mechanics of ageing and diseased arteries
+ Blood and blood flow
+ Mechanotransduction
+ Simulation and modelling
+ Bone and implants and their response to loads
+ Bone micro-structure and its constitutive behavior
+ The skeletal muscle
+ Image guided computational modelling of musculoskeletal components
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 19/09/2016
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Online Activities 20, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 20, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 36 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment will consist of continuous, in-course assessments and a final assessment. In-course assessment will be composed of a mixture of multiple choice-type questions, short essays, practical tasks, contributions to discussions and group learning activities - and will be delivered in time with individual modules making up the course. Final assessment will normally include a combination of multiple choice-type questions and short essays and it will take place at the end of the course period.

A number of bespoke technologies and the University's online assessment tool QuestionMark Perception will be used to deliver the more interactive and visually driven elements of assessment.
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Learning Outcomes
See course description
Reading List
Under development - will be listed for each module in the online environment with links directly to University library holdings.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements All courses to be delivered online by distance learning, using the institutional learning environment and other online tools (e.g. wiki, objective testing software), accessed by using the standard university EASE login.
KeywordsFluid / Flow / Biofluid / Muscle / Skeletal / Bone / Musculoskeletal / Implant biomechanics, Normal
Course organiserProf Andrew Farrall
Tel: (0131) 537 3910
Course secretaryDr Charilaos Alexakis
Tel: 0131 537 3125
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