- 6 points
|Availability||Location||Mode||First year of offer|
|Not available in 2018||UWA (Perth)||Face to face|
- Biomaterials is one of the most rapidly expanding technological fields of recent decades. It covers the range of materials that are designed to interact with biological systems for a medical purpose and includes metals, ceramics, polymers and composites; both naturally derived and man-made. This unit also covers the events that occur when a foreign material is placed in contact with living tissues. From total organ/joint replacement to wound dressings, dental repairs and controlled drug release systems, almost every human being on earth is exposed to biomaterials during their lifetime.
- Students are able to (1) describe the properties and behaviour of the four classes of biomaterials; (2) explain how the human body responds to an implanted biomaterial; (3) assess biomaterials for biocompatibility; (4) describe the regulatory process to have a new material approved for use; (5) propose biomaterials for specific applications; and (6) communicate effectively with the medical community about biomaterials.
- Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) assignments; (2) group project; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Associate Professor Tim Sercombe
- Unit rules
- enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical Engineering specialisation)
- Contact hours
- lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials and lab classes: 2 hours per week
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
- All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
- Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.