Course Title: Biomedical Chemistry and Structural Materials

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Biomedical Chemistry and Structural Materials

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

To participate in any RMIT course in-person activities or assessment, you will need to comply with RMIT vaccination requirements which are applicable during the duration of the course. This RMIT requirement includes being vaccinated against COVID-19 or holding a valid medical exemption. 

Please read this RMIT Enrolment Procedure as it has important information regarding COVID vaccination and your study at RMIT:

Please read the Student website for additional requirements of in-person attendance: 

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Course Coordinator: Dr Anita Quigley

Course Coordinator Phone: Contact via Teams

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 080.07.030-03

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course runs in two streams–Chemistry and Mechanics. The Chemistry component covers topics in Inorganic and Physical Chemistry. More specifically, you will be introduced to the practice of chemistry, including the introduction to organic chemistry, and introduction to reaction kinetics. 

The Mechanics components will introduce you to the principles of Mechanics to predict forces in and motions of structural and mechanical systems, of which can be applied to human structure and function. Laboratory programs are designed to illustrate aspects of theory.  

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes: 

1.1. Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. 

1.3. In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline. 

On completion of this course you will be able to: 

  1. Develop a comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. 
  2. Present worked solutions to problems in a systematic and professional manner using conventional chemical, mathematical, and engineering notation and symbols. 
  3. Use theoretical models and concepts to explain and interpret observed facts about chemical behaviours. 
  4. Demonstrated knowledge of the interdisciplinary skills required to practice biomedical engineering 

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities for this course include face-to-face lectures, tutorials, and laboratory experiments. The theoretical background will be explained, and various real-world engineering problems will be discussed and analysed in the lectures and tutorials. The basic principles of chemistry and mechanics will also be demonstrated and reinforced through the laboratory experiments. 

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources in this course include: 

  • Online learning activities. 
  • Recommended readings from textbooks, online sources, and designated references; and 
  • Workshop/tutorial activities. 

Online resources will be made available via the RMIT Learning Management System (LMS) 

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Online tests 

  • Weighting 30% 
  • This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 

Assessment Task 2: Workshop/practical learning activities 

  • Weighting 35% 
  • This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 

Assessment Task 3: Project 

  • Weighting 35% 
  • This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4