Study programme 2020-2021Français
Programme component of Master's in Biology of Organisms and Ecology à la Faculty of Science

Students are asked to consult the ECTS course descriptions for each learning activity (AA) to know what special Covid-19 assessment methods are possibly planned for the end of Q3

CodeTypeHead of UE Department’s
contact details
US-M1-BIOECO-010-MOptional UEFLAMMANG PatrickS864 - Biologie des Organismes Marins et Biomimétisme
  • FLAMMANG Patrick

of instruction
of assessment
HT(*) HTPE(*) HTPS(*) HR(*) HD(*) CreditsWeighting Term
  • Français
Français151000022.001st term

AA CodeTeaching Activity (AA) HT(*) HTPE(*) HTPS(*) HR(*) HD(*) Term Weighting
Programme component

Objectives of Programme's Learning Outcomes

  • In the field of biological sciences and particularly in the field of the biology of organisms and ecology, possess highly specialised and integrated knowledge and a wide range of skills adding to those covered in the Bachelor's programme in biological sciences.

Learning Outcomes of UE

The central theme of the course is the way living organisms interact with the physical world surrounding them. Biomechanics makes use of models and methods drawn from physics and mechanical engineering to investigate a wide range of biological questions: the problems of locomotion (terrestrial locomotion, swimming, flying), the way organisms respond to wind and water currents, etc. The course also focus on the properties of biological materials (spider silks, muscles and tendons, etc) and their various structural and functional roles.

Content of UE

The course is divided into the following chapters ans sections:
1. Place of biomechanics in biology
2. Life's physical context
   -Physical variables and their units
   -Size and scale
3. Mechanical properties of biological materials
   -Simple materials
   -More complex materials (viscoelasticity)
   -Simple structures (beams, columns, shells)
4. Fluids
   -Viscosity and the pattern of flow
   -The forces of flow

The course is supported by 3 training sessions dedicated to locomotion in human beings, measurement of the mechanical properties of a collagenous material, and measurement of the flexural stiffness of a beam-like structure.

Prior Experience

Not applicable

Type of Assessment for UE in Q1

  • Written examination

Q1 UE Assessment Comments

Not applicable

Type of Assessment for UE in Q3

  • Written examination

Q3 UE Assessment Comments

Not applicable

Type of Resit Assessment for UE in Q1 (BAB1)

  • N/A

Q1 UE Resit Assessment Comments (BAB1)

Not applicable

Type of Teaching Activity/Activities

AAType of Teaching Activity/Activities
  • Cours magistraux
  • Travaux pratiques

Mode of delivery

AAMode of delivery
  • Face to face

Required Reading


Required Learning Resources/Tools

AARequired Learning Resources/Tools
S-BIOG-050Not applicable

Recommended Reading


Recommended Learning Resources/Tools

AARecommended Learning Resources/Tools
S-BIOG-050Not applicable

Other Recommended Reading

AAOther Recommended Reading
S-BIOG-050Vogel, S. (2013). Comparative Biomechanics - Life's physical world. 2nd Edition. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Grade Deferrals of AAs from one year to the next

AAGrade Deferrals of AAs from one year to the next
(*) HT : Hours of theory - HTPE : Hours of in-class exercices - HTPS : hours of practical work - HD : HMiscellaneous time - HR : Hours of remedial classes. - Per. (Period), Y=Year, Q1=1st term et Q2=2nd term
Date de génération : 09/07/2021
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