CHEM13081 - Biomaterials: Environmental and Medical Applications

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2023

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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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Report 20%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Take Home Exam 40%

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 33.33% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 42.86% response rate.

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.

Source: 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.
Action Taken
The research project and teaching materials were modified and updated to meet different cohorts in the unit.
Source: 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.
Action Taken
Agriculture mini research topics and learning materials were designed and introduced into the set of teaching and learning materials.
Source: SUTE Units Comments
For Assessment Task 1, make the Experimental Proposal due date before the equipment list is due so that groups are able to receive feedback and adjust their experiments and equipment lists as necessary
The equipment list task's due date will be modified for submission after the proposal task for Assessment 1.
Action Taken
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 compatibility requirements to real world applications
  5. Discuss the responses of living tissues to implanted biomaterials.

Potential RACI accreditation of CU18 (Bachelor of Science) - currently under consideration. 

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Report
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Take Home Exam
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
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Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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