• 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 2020
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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:

  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 finite-element 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.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Computer lab reports (8) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  2. Biomechanics project (15) [LO 1,2,3,5,7]
  3. Biomaterials lab reports (8) [LO 1,4,5]
  4. Biomaterials regulation paper (6) [LO 1,6]
  5. Biomaterials research paper (8) [LO 1,4,5,6]
  6. Final exam (55) [LO 1,2,4,5,6]

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

Computer lab sessions: 3x 3 hours during the course

Biomaterials lab sessions 2 x 1h sessions during the course

Tutorials: 6 x 2h sessions during the course

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

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

J.B. Park, R.S. Lakes, Biomaterials: An Introduction, 3rd Edition, Springer, 2007

C.R. Ethier, C.A. Simmons, Introductory Biomechanics: From Cells to Organisms, Cambridge University Press, 2007 (recommended text format: e-book)

Preliminary Reading


  • Basic biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system / [edited by] Margareta Nordin, Victor H. Frankel ; Dawn Leger, developmental editor. - 4th ed. Philadelphia : Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Health, 2012
  • Other materials will be made available as downloads on the course Wattle page as required.


  • Ogrodnik, Peter J. Medical device design: innovation from concept to market. Academic Press, 2019
  • Ott, Katherine, David Serlin, and Stephen Mihm, eds. Artificial parts, practical lives: modern histories of prosthetics. NYU Press, 2002.
  • Foltz, Michelle. A Leg to Stand on. iUniverse, 2009.


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4662 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person N/A

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