Course Title: Biomedical Manufacturing

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Biomedical Manufacturing

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Professor Cuie Wen

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7290

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed knowledge: MIET2419 Mechanics and Materials 1

Course Description

The aim of this course is to provide you with a thorough understanding of the principles and practices of the technologies used in metallic biomaterials processing and medical device manufacturing. You will be introduced to the main categories of metallic biomaterials and their primary applications as medical devices, and the essential considerations in design and manufacturing of metallic biomaterials and medical device. You will develop knowledge and capability with a series of learning activities that allow you to apply manufacturing principles and practices in selecting a metallic biomaterial and design its manufacturing processes for a specific medical device application, for instance, a hip replacement, a stent, or a dental implant. You will acquire skills in the evaluation of the mechanical and biological properties of metallic biomaterials.       

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes:

2. Problem Solving and Design
Develop creative and innovative solutions to engineering problems.

4. Professional Practice
Understand the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline
Display a personal sense of responsibility for your work

5. Research
Plan and execute a substantial research-based project, with creativity and initiative in new situations in professional practice and with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability
Be aware of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline
Assess, acquire and apply the competencies and resources appropriate to engineering activities. 
Acknowledge your own contributions and the contributions from others and distinguish contributions you may have made as a result of discussions or collaboration with other people.


Course Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Identify biomaterial categories in terms of material properties for different medical devices
2. Define the required materials properties and their characterisation methods for different applications
3. Determine appropriate manufacturing processes for different biomaterials towards a specific medical device
4. Evaluate the potential risks associated with medical devices in the human body

Overview of Learning Activities

The specific learning activities in this course may include any of the following: lectures, projects, lab tour, seminar, directed research, self-directed learning.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on “myRMIT”. These will include lecturer 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 tasks
Early Assessment Task:  (Project 1)
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, and 3

Assessment Task 2:  (Project 2)
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, and 3

Assessment Task 3: (Written Report)
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 and 4

Assessment 4: (Exam)
Weighting 45% 
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, and 4