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CHEM13081 Biomaterials: Environmental and Medical Applications
Biomaterials: Environmental and Medical Applications
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General Information


This unit is an introduction to the use and usefulness of biomaterials. You will be introduced to the materials science of metals, ceramics, polymers and composites, and the engineering principles behind biomaterial design. You will also discuss the medical and environmental applications of biomaterials, such as biomedical engineering, bioactive polymers and antifouling biofilms.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: CHEM11041 Chemistry for the Life Sciences or CHEM11043 Atoms, Molecules and Matter or CHEM11044 Chemical Reactions

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2022

Mixed Mode

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
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Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 15%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 35%
3. Take Home Exam
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Have Your Say


Students commented that opportunity to complete a mini research project from the ground up was absolutely amazing and the teaching was done well.


Endeavor to maintain and update the research project and teaching materials for the next offering.

Feedback from Have Your Say


Some students commented that this unit should not be a part of the Bachelor of Agriculture course as they thought it teaches medical content rather than content relevant to agriculture.


Consult with staff from the appropriate discipline. This unit is offered in the Chemistry minor for the Bachelor of Agriculture. The unit content and assessment will be modified to accommodate students from the Bachelor of Agriculture if necessary.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the various types of biomaterials and the principles of biomaterial design and development
  2. Discuss strategies to solve significant problems in health and the environment using the principles of biomaterial science
  3. Evaluate the use of biomaterials and devices constructed with biomaterials
  4. Assess the compatibility of biomaterials in health and environmental disciplines and apply the appropriate compatability requirements to real world applications.
  5. Discuss the responses of living tissues to implanted biomaterials

Potential RACI accreditation of the unit - currently in discussion with the RACI.

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Practical Assessment - 15%
2 - Written Assessment - 35%
3 - Take Home Exam - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Practical Assessment - 15%
2 - Written Assessment - 35%
3 - Take Home Exam - 50%
Textbooks and Resources



Introduction to Biomaterials

2nd edition (2011)
Authors: Jeffrey O. Hollinger (Editor)
CRC Press ( Taylor & Francis )
London London , UK
Binding: eBook

Additional Textbook Information

Both paper and eBook copies can now be purchased at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code).

IT Resources

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