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

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)
  • Completion of tutorial questions and laboratory projects designed to give further practice in the application of theory and procedures, and to give feedback on you progress and understanding
  • Completion of written laboratory report consisting of numerical and other problems requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter
  • Group project to provide training in research skills, especially literature review

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access course information and learning materials online and will be provided with copies of additional materials in class. Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided. You will also use laboratory equipment and computer software within the School during project and assignment work.

Overview of Assessment

  • Final Examination – Assessment of theoretical knowledge and application
  • Assignments 1 – Literature review and summary of a specialised topic
  • Practical (2 experiments) – Learning will be enhanced with experiments that encourage exploration of micro-channels, micro-mixers, dynamics of particles motion in microfluidics. Laboratory reports are due two weeks after completion of the scheduled laboratory session.