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CHEM13081 - Biomaterials: Environmental and Medical Applications

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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

Details

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

Pre-requisite: CHEM11041 Chemistry for the Life Sciences or CHEM11042 Fundamentals of Chemistry

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 1 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
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).

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. Practical Assessment 15%
2. Written Assessment 25%
3. Written Assessment 10%
4. Examination 50%

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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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.

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Feedback
Students found the Moodle layout, particularly the incorporation of buttons, useful for navigation
Recommendation
The layout of the Moodle site will be maintained
Action Taken
The Moodle layout has been maintained for simplicity and ease of navigation on mobile devices.
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Feedback
Students provided a range feedback for the assessments. While feedback showed that students found the assessment (particularly the group work elements) challenging, a number indicated that they felt it was a great experience. Others felt it was too difficult and expressed their belief that group work on a whole is not an accurate assessment of individual contributions.
Recommendation
The assessments for this unit, involved group work and self-directed study/research. Both of these skills are essential to produce career ready graduates, and as such are graduate attributes CQUniversity promotes. The unit coordinator would note that in an effort to ensure that students efforts are properly reflected in their grade for the group work assessment - a precentage of the marks awarded was determined by the students themselves via peer assessment/review. A greater effort will be made to emphasise this information to students in future offerings.
Action Taken
We ensured students were placed in groups according to cohort, and that their assessment tasks were contextualized to their study courses,
Source: Have your say survey
Feedback
Students appreciated the timely return of assessment marks and feedback
Recommendation
The Chemistry team will continue their efforts to return feedback and marks in an appropriate time frame
Action Taken
Barring Assessment 1, all other assessments were returned well before time. The teaching team will ensure timely return of all assessments in the future.
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Feedback
Students felt that the residential school was of great benefit and highlighted the efforts of the support staff tthroughout.
Recommendation
The Chemistry team will continue to their efforts to ensure a good learning experience for the students.
Action Taken
It is encouraging to note that students are receptive to the Chemistry team's efforts to provide them with a positive learning environment. we will continue this practice.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
The video lectures should be in downloadable form to allow for access as required, or when the Internet is not available.
Recommendation
We will work with ITS to ensure the videos are uploaded in downloadable form.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
The students found the content to be rather heavy and a lot to go through.
Recommendation
We will revisit the content and identify if there are sections that can be made simpler.
Action Taken
Nil.
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. Discuss the responses of living tissues to implanted biomaterials.
  4. Evaluate the use and usefulness of biomaterials and devices constructed with biomaterials.
  5. Assess the compatibility of biomaterials in health and environmental disciplines and apply the appropriate compatability requirements to real world applications.

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

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Examination
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
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Examination
1 - Practical Assessment