Course Title: Lab-on-a-Chip,Biomedical Devices and BioNanoEngineering

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Lab-on-a-Chip,Biomedical Devices and BioNanoEngineering

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


125H Electrical & Computer Engineering


Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Khashayar Khoshmanesh

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2851

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.08.009

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Microtechnology offers exceptional precision, vast complexity and low-cost manufacturing capabilities that have revolutionised the electronics industry and have permanently altered the way in which information is processed. Similar techniques can be applied to microfluidics enabling low-cost platforms that can manipulate chemical and biological media with complexity and precision that is simply not possible using traditional laboratory equipment. This is called lab-on-a-chip technology.

This course will introduce you to the concepts of microfluidics and the challenges and opportunities for manipulating biological matter and chemicals at the microscale.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes:

  • High levels of technical competence in the field
  • Be able to apply problem solving approaches to work challenges and make decisions using sound engineering methodologies

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe and explain the fundamental operation of basic microfluidic components such as fluidic channels, mixers, separators, valves and micro-pumps
  • Design and fabricate your own lab-on-a-chip platform to address a wide range of applications

Overview of Learning Activities

The course will provide an interactive and hands-on learning experience:

  • Lectures (with interactive tutorial components)
  • Computer-based laboratory sessions (instructor guided)
  • Group projects to provide training in research skills

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be provided with detailed lecture and tutorial content as learning resources. This will be supported by elaborate supplementary (non-assessable) reading material to enhance the learning outcomes. Course content will be made available on-line. 

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Task 1: 
Analysis of flow dynamics
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOS i, iii, and iv

Assessment Task 2: 
Design of microfluidic systems for diagnostics, drug discovery and disease modelling
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs ii and iii

Assessment Task 3: 
Research Project
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLO i, ii, and iii