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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. 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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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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Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 2.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 26.67% 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
The video lectures should be in downloadable form to allow for access as required, or when the Internet is not available.
We will work with ITS to ensure the videos are uploaded in downloadable form.
Action Taken
The recorded lectures and tutorials were checked with ITS to make sure they were uploaded in downloadable form in Moodle. All the recorded lectures were uploaded on Moodle as MP4 files to ensure students can download without the internet.
Source: Have Your Say
The students found the content to be rather heavy and a lot to go through.
We will revisit the content and identify if there are sections that can be made simpler.
Action Taken
The Unit's contents were delivered in the same format as the previous year, except the assessments were redesigned to meet the Covid-19 social distancing requirements without running the residential school.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation (SUTE)
Students highlighted that the major assessment for this Unit was focused on a research proposal and writing a scientific manuscript in the format of either the journal Biomaterials Science or the Journal of Chemical Education. Those CC13 students who had completed a chemistry minor were required to take only three basic chemistry specific subjects within their whole degree. As such, research proposal and writing a scientific manuscript in the above-mentioned format remains beyond their level of competency.
In the next offering, the major assessment item will be reviewed to ensure it is relevant for the different cohorts studying the unit.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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