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.


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

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
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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

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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%).

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2017 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 60% 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.

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Design of the units Moodle site is very tablet device friendly
Design of units Moodle site (particularly use of 'tap and go' buttons will be maintained.
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Assessments 1 & 2 (design, completion and reporting, via scientific journal article) was an enjoyable and useful learning experience.
Some adaptation of the assessment will have to take place with increasing enrollments, to ensure availability of instrumentation and consumables for the residential school. However the core learning outcomes and requirements of the assessment will remain unchanged.
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Residential school requirements
The feeling from students here was mixed, some students found the residential school requirements "too ambitious" whereas others felt that "The work was appropriately proportioned for the 3 days and the freedom was empowering and educational. It made the time and effort to get to those res school's worth it." As CHEM13081 is a third year unit, the academic staff designed the residential school to be self directed as much as possible. Students were expected to prioritise and schedule the work allocated appropriately, as they would in the work place.
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Unit learning Outcomes
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