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 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Khashayar Khoshmanesh

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2851

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.08.09

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:

  • In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
  • Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Describe and understand the fundamental operation of basic microfluidic components such as fluidic channels, pumps, valves, mixers, and filters.
  2. Design and fabricate lab-on-a-chip devices to address a wide range of biomedical applications.
  3. Learn the fundamentals of microfluidics
  4. Learn the fundamentals of numerical simulations

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 your 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.

The details of the materials covered in each lecture are given below:

Week 1: Introduction to lab-on-a-chip systems

Week 2: Fundamentals of microfluidics

Week 3: Driving and control of flow (Part I)

Week 4: Driving and control of flow (Part (II)

Week 5: Analysis of cells and multi-cellular organisms (Part I)

Week 6: Analysis of cells and multi-cellular organisms (Part II)

Week 7: Analysis of nucleic acids and proteins

Week 8: Numerical simulations (Part I)

Week 9: Numerical simulations (Part II)

Week 10: Presentations

Week 11: Droplet-based microfluidic systems

Week 12: Preparation for final exam

Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Task 1: Theoretical analysis of microfluidic systems
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLO iii

Assessment Task 2: Conducting experiments, writing lab report
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs i to iv

Assessment Task 3: Presentation, writing a mini literature review
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs i to iv

Assessment Task 4: Final exam
Weighting 50%
This assessment task supports CLOs i to iii