Course Title: Biomaterials

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Biomaterials

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2015


Bundoora Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2021

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, or equivalent

Course Description

This course provides you with an introduction to the materials used in biological applications in medical devices and life science applications with a particular focus on structural biomaterials. You will develop an understanding of the property requirements for biomaterials and be introduced to the main biomaterials: metals, ceramics, polymers and natural materials that are used as biomaterials, their biocompatibility performance, and their testing and evaluation.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level.
This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.(;ID=eyj5c0mo77631)

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline
  • Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources
  • Ethical conduct and professional accountability

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Select material groups for different medical devices
  2. Design a biomaterial system with the appropriate property performance
  3. Determine the required materials properties and their characterisation methods for different biomaterial applications
  4. Determine the biocompatibility of material systems in particular toxicity related phenomena
  5. Evaluate the potential risks associated with biomaterials in the human body

Overview of Learning Activities

The specific learning activities in this course may include any of the following:

  • Pre-recorded lecture videos
  • Lab tour
  • Projects
  • Seminars
  • Directed research
  • Self-directed learning

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on Canvas. These will include videos, 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 Tasks

Early Assessment Task 1: Progress project presentation
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3

Assessment Task 2: Final project presentation
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 3: Literature Review 
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment 4: Final project report
Weighting 30%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5