• Offered by RS Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering, Mechanical, Biomedical Science
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Nicolo Malagutti
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
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This course introduces students to the concepts of biomechanics and biomaterials to provide a foundation for further study in biomedical engineering. Students will gain advanced knowledge and analysis skills on the mechanical and anatomical principles that govern human motion and develop the ability to link the structure of the human body with its function from a mechanical perspective. Students will also acquire basic understanding of natural and synthetic materials used in biomedical engineering, biological-biomaterials interactions, biocompatibility of materials, and materials evaluations for a variety of biomedical applications.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On successful completion of this course, students should have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. Describe and discuss fundamental concepts of human biomechanical systems and the interaction between the human body and biomaterials, by applying the knowledge of Biological Sciences.
  2. Translate representative biological problems into tractable biomechanical questions and produce quantitative solutions using relevant engineering methods in solid and fluid mechanics.
  3. Plan and execute simplified computational simulations of biomechanical problems of interest using an industry-grade finiteelement analysis software package and meaningfully interpret the results.
  4. Apply critical judgement to the selection of different classes of biomaterials in biomedical applications.
  5. Apply knowledge about biomaterials and human biomechanics to critically analyse the fitness for purpose and predict the performance of biomedical devices in selected clinical applications.
  6. Apply standards, regulations and ethical responsibilities in the process of developing biomaterials and medical devices, and design strategies to deal with possible hurdles in bringing a product to market.
  7. Plan, execute, and report with technical accuracy on a project working in a group.

Professional Skills Mapping:
Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies

Indicative Assessment

  1. Assignment (12%); 
  2. Labs (15%); 
  3. Project (15%); 
  4. Final Exam (58%)

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Lecture and Practice Hours: 3 hours per week for the whole semester

Lab sessions: about 6 hours during the course

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed either ENGN1215 - Engineering Sciences or PHYS1013 - Physics of Materials and ENGN2217 - Mechanical Systems and Design .

Prescribed Texts

The prescribed texts for this course are:
  • J.B. Park, R.S. Lakes, Biomaterials: An Introduction, 3rd Edition, Springer, 2007



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5700
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4566 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person N/A

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