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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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Organisational Unit

Department of Materials Science and Engineering


Assoc Professor John Forsythe



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


Classifications of biomaterials covering metallic, polymeric, ceramic and composite materials; typical structures and properties for biomedical applications. Definitions of biocompatibility and critical design criteria of biomedical devices. Introduction to basic human anatomy, human histology, cells and genes and responses of living tissues to implanted biomaterials including inflammatory responses and blood compatibility. Assessment of biocompatibility of biomaterials, sterilization procedures and an introduction to ethical and regularity issues with biomedical devices.


MTE2548 Biomaterials I will introduce students to biomaterials and also provide a foundation for further study in biomedical engineering. The following are the specific learning objectives of this unit: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Understand the principles of biomaterials design and development
  • Have a broad knowledge of four types of biomaterials; metallic, polymeric, ceramic and composite and their use in typical devices and clinical applications
  • Have a basic understanding of the human anatomy, human histology, cell and genes in the context for the design requirements of biomedical devices
  • Understand the responses of living tissues to implanted biomaterials
  • Be aware of the most threatening human diseases and potential applications of biomaterials
  • Appreciate basic medical concepts and communicate effectively with the medical community
  • Be familiar with various evaluation techniques and biomaterials and their medical devices
  • Be familiar with methods of assessing the biocompatibility
  • Understand regulations and ethical responsibilities in the process of developing biomaterials and medical devices
  • Understand some of the material selection requirements for biomaterials


2 practical class reports: 15%, 4 written assignments: 20%, mid-semester test: 5%
3-hour written examination: 60%

Workload requirements

2 x1 hour lectures, 1 x 1 hour tutorial and 3 hours practical classes.

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