spring 2020
STE6291 Finite Element Methods, Programming - 2.5 ECTS

Last changed 06.11.2020

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 December; Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October

Type of course

The course may be taken as a single subject.

Admission requirements

A relevant undergraduate bachelor Engineering programme with minimum 30 credits Mathematics/statistics topics

Recommended prerequisite knowledge: 

SMN6203 PDE and the finite element method

SMN6191 Numerical methods

Application code: 9371

Course content

Finite element methods for partial differential equations. The course consists of the following topics:
  • Representation of complex grometry
  • data structures,
  • mesh generation,
  • basis functions,
  • Building a stiffness matrix ,
  • the load vector,
  • a solver.

Recommended prerequisites

SMN6191 Numerical Methods, SMN6203 PDE and the Finite Element Method

Objectives of the course

On completion of the course the successful student is expected to have the following:

  • Knowledge Be able to describe in words, the central terminology, definitions, ideas, results, and methods used in FEM programming (K1, K2).
  • Skills Be able to use the knowledge to make a simple implementation and to analyse and prepare a general implementation (S1).
  • General competence Know that numerical calculations based on theoretical analysis of the finite element method can be a tool in the study of partial differential equations and simulation, and use the relevant terminology to communicate about the results. (GC2).

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Individual mandatory tasks and/ or projects.


Form of assessment: Oral exam Grouping: Individual Grading will be done by using A-F grading scale, F is Fail.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Narvik |
  • ECTS: 2.5
  • Course code: STE6291