Course Title: Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2015

Course Coordinator: Dr Richard Williams

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6642

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

OENG1107 Engineering Biomaterials

Course Description

This course focuses on functional biomaterials, for example used in drug delivery and therapeutics, as well as growing/manufacturing of tissues using scaffolds and/or advanced techniques such as 3D printing. Biomimetic design is further considered. You will learn about, and how to mimic, natural biological phenomena in order to more effectively grow and repair biological materials such as bones, organs and tissues.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours):

  • In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline
  • Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources
  • Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes
  • Professional use and management of information


Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Design in-situ drug delivery systems
  2. Design scaffolds for growing biological materials
  3. Fabricate multicomponent biomaterials using advanced manufacturing technologies including 3D printing
  4. Design diagnostic materials systems
  5. Design a biomaterial system considering the main issues of biocompatibility including toxicity.

Overview of Learning Activities


Learning activities throughout the course include: Lectures, seminars, workshops, projects, directed research and self-directed learning.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on “myRMIT”. These will include course notes, and other learning materials generated by the course lecturer(s), references, and approved links to useful material on external web-sites.

Overview of Assessment


X This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).


Assessment item:  Major project: Reflective design exercise
Weighting of final grade:  15%
Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment item:  Major project: Final report + Literature Review
Weighting of final grade:  30%
Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment item:  Major project: Presentation
Weighting of final grade:  10%
Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment item:  Final exam
Weighting of final grade: 45% 
Related course learning outcomes:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5