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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) classify biomaterials; (2) evaluate the impact of implanted biomaterials on the human body responds to an implanted biomaterial; (3) assess biomaterials for biocompatibility; (4) discuss the regulatory process to have a new material approved for use; (5) select biomaterials for specific applications; and (6) communicate effectively with the medical community about biomaterials.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) individual project (written and oral presentation); (2) group lab reports; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Elena Pardo
Unit rules
enrolment in
the Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical Engineering specialisation
or Chemical Engineering specialisation
or Mechanical Engineering specialisation)
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
practical classes and lab classes: 2 hours per week
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.