Biomaterials and Biomechanics

BME20001 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 Hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2022 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

1 Aug 22 - 30 Oct 22

6 Dec 22

Last self enrolment:
14 Aug 22

31 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Sep 22

Aims and objectives

This unit is designed to enable students to apply the fundamental principles in material sciences to biomedical applications. It will address different materials (polymers, metals and composites) used in contact with living tissue. In addition, students will be introduced to biological materials like bone and soft tissue.
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Describe the material science and engineering requirements related to a range of biomaterials (K1, K3, K5, K6, S1, S2, S3, A3, A4, A5)
2. Recognise the complexity in the application of materials in medical devices (K1, K3, K5, S1, S2, S3, A2)
3. Describe the practical aspects of biomaterials (K1, K3, K5, S1, S2, A2)
4. Correlate biomaterial properties to intended clinical applications (K1, K5, S1, S2, S3)
5. Develop group working skills (S2, A2, A7)