BMEG4002 Biomaterials

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (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.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (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)
Professor Tim Sercombe
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical Engineering specialisation
Chemical Engineering specialisation
Mechanical Engineering specialisation)
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; practical classes and lab classes: 2 hours per week
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