SCIE5516 Materials Characterisation for Bioengineering Applications

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit introduces a variety of imaging and analytical instrumentation used in the characterisation of materials, with a particular focus toward bioengineering applications. Topics could include (1) scanning and transmission electron microscopy and associated analytical techniques; (2) three-dimensional microscopy (micro-CT, MRI) and data visualisation; (3) powder and thin-film X-ray diffraction; and (4) surface analysis techniques such as atomic force microscopy.

Students gain insight into how these technologies are used in materials characterisation of engineered structures. Content includes theoretical principles of the techniques, as well as practical data analysis, critique and interpretation.
Students are able to (1) appreciate the capabilities of key characterisation infrastructure/techniques used by bioengineering researchers; (2) know how these techniques can be used to characterise the structure and composition of materials; (3) understand the fundamental principles of x-ray, electron, and surface imaging and analysis techniques; (4) analyse and interpret data from imaging, crystallographic and spectroscopic techniques; and (5) critically assess and evaluate real-world data, and draw appropriate conclusions from these.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment 1—data analysis and interpretation topic 1; (2) assignment 2—data analysis and interpretation topic 2; and (3) project—applying characterisation techniques to solve an engineering problem. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Martin Saunders
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering specialisation
Mechanical Engineering specialisation)
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hrs per week; tutorial/activity: 2 hrs per week; non contact (assessments, online tutorials, assignments, project): 8 hrs per week; for 13 weeks, from week 1
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
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