- Code ENGN4811
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Engineering
- ANU College ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics
- Course subject Engineering
- Areas of interest Engineering, Mechanical, Biomedical Science
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- 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.
- Translate representative biological problems into tractable biomechanical questions and produce quantitative solutions using relevant engineering methods in solid and fluid mechanics.
- 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.
- Apply critical judgement to the selection of different classes of biomaterials in biomedical applications.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Computer lab reports (8) [LO 1,2,3,5]
- Biomechanics project (15) [LO 1,2,3,5,7]
- Biomaterials lab reports (8) [LO 1,4,5]
- Biomaterials regulation paper (6) [LO 1,6]
- Biomaterials research paper (8) [LO 1,4,5,6]
- 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
Requisite and Incompatibility
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)
- 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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