CHEM13081 - Biomaterials: Environmental and Medical Applications
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This unit is an introduction to the use and usefulness of biomaterials. It introduces the materials science of metals, ceramics, polymers and composites, and the engineering principles behind biomaterial design. The medical and environmental applications of biomaterials, such as biomedical engineering, bioactive polymers and antifouling biofilms, will be discussed.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 7A
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: CHEM11041 Chemistry for the Life Sciences or CHEM11042 Fundamentals of Chemistry

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
Click here to see your Residential School Timetable.

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).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Mixed Mode
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

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.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical Assessment 15%
2. Written Assessment 25%
3. Written Assessment 10%
4. Examination 50%

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%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the various types of biomaterials and the principles of biomaterial design and development.
  2. Discuss strategies to solve significant problems in health and the environment using the principles of biomaterial science.
  3. Discuss the responses of living tissues to implanted biomaterials.
  4. Evaluate the use and usefulness of biomaterials and devices constructed with biomaterials.
  5. Assess the compatibility of biomaterials in health and environmental disciplines and apply the appropriate compatability requirements to real world applications.

Potential RACI accreditation of the unit - currently in discussion with the RACI.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Practical Assessment    
2 - Written Assessment        
3 - Written Assessment        
4 - Examination      

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Communication        
2. Problem Solving  
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy      
5. Team Work          
6. Information Technology Competence          
7. Cross Cultural Competence        
8. Ethical practice        

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Practical Assessment          
2 - Written Assessment        
3 - Written Assessment          
4 - Examination          

Prescribed Textbooks

An Introduction to Biomaterials
Author/s: Jeffrey O. Hollinger Year: 2012
Edition: 2 Publisher: CRC Press
City: Boca Raton State: Florida
Country: US
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Turabian referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorAoife Power (a.power@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017

Introduction to Biomaterials
- History
- Potential

Week 2 17-07-2017

Biomaterials Surfaces: Physics
- Surface properties and cell adhesion

Students should be preparing for Assessment 1 - Planing investigative experiment

Week 3 24-07-2017

Biomaterials Surfaces: Chemistry
- Chemisorption on metals and oxides
- Aqueous corrosion of metals
- Polymer

Week 4 31-07-2017

Biomaterials Surfaces: Bio-chemistry
- Protein interaction
- Cell-surface interaction

Ensure
your complete list of consumables (chemicals), glassware (with size and number required) and instrumentation required for the investigative experiment associated with assessment 1
is provided to academic and technical staff by 3 pm AEST, Friday August 4th 2017.

Week 5 07-08-2017

Surface modification of Biomaterials

Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Assessment 1 (Practical and Written) - linked with assessment 2 Due Friday (18 Aug 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 6 21-08-2017 Biomaterials and Nanomaterials
Week 7 28-08-2017

Residential School

Week 8 04-09-2017

Biosensors

Week 9 11-09-2017

Biomaterials for medical applications
- Drug Delivery

Assessment 3 (Written) Due Friday (15 Sep 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 10 18-09-2017 Biomaterials for medical applications
- Tissue generation
Assessment 2 (Written) - linked with Assessment 1 Due Friday (22 Sep 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 11 25-09-2017

Biomaterials for medical applications
- Medical devices

Week 12 02-10-2017

Biomaterials for environmental applications

Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment 1 (Practical and Written) - linked with assessment 2
Task Description

Advanced scientific projects and research are invariably subject to much scrutiny. Other scientists in the field will be looking at your work and will expect that the data has been rigorously analysed. Rigorous analysis requires careful experimental design.

Prior to undertaking research, you need to consider and anticipate the types of observations you'll be making, the likely outcomes, and how you can evaluate your data to differentiate statistically between outcomes. Failure to do so will most likely result in the experiment(s) not providing informative data, which is poor science and a waste of resources.

In this assessment, you will work in groups (self-allocated or assigned at the beginning of the term, in week 2) to identify a biomaterial related challenge and design an experiment(s) to address that challenge. You will prepare an investigative/experimental proposal and conduct the experiment(s) during the residential school.

The first step to this inquiry-based practical is the identification of a biomaterial related challenge that can be evaluated through measurement. The challenge should have the following attributes:

· It should be relevant to the Australian context

· It should be able to be completed within three hours prep and three hours instrumental analysis.

The equipment and resources proposed for the exercise must be available in the laboratory. To ensure this, please liaise with the academic and technical staff associated with CHEM13080, via Moodle as you develop your proposal. Ensure your complete list of consumables (chemicals), glassware (with size and number required) and instrumentation required is provided to academic and technical at the latest by 3 pm AEST, Friday August 4th 2017.

Your experimental proposal must also be submitted prior to residential school. The proposal should contain the typical elements of scientific writing including:

  • A brief background to the issue,
  • presentation the of research idea,
  • scientific methodology and approach to investigating the problem,
  • anticipated outcomes/findings and
  • potential impacts

Students’ individual practical skill set will also be assessed during the residential school.

General Guidelines

· The proposal should be coherent, have flow and there should be no typographical errors.

· Text should be word-processed, with appropriate layout and use of headings/sub-headings.

· Tables and figures to illustrate specific aspects may be included with titles and acknowledgement where necessary.

· Figures and tables should be correctly labelled.

· all material sourced externally must be cited in the correct format.

· The references should be listed at the end of the assessment.

· Please avoid images with very large file sizes as this will make your essay too large to upload/download.

The assessment task must be completed and submitted by the due date and time. In the absence of an approved extension, there will be no opportunity to complete the task after this date and there will be no supplementary exam or assessment offered should you come close to passing the unit but do not meet the criteria for a Pass grade for the overall unit.

Marking Criteria

Detailed marking criteria will be available on the unit Moodle site, and will be based on the following:

· Clarity of objectives and focus of the work (25%)

· Validity of experimental design (50%)

· Use of literature (25%)

Assessment Due Date Vacation Week Friday (18-Aug-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
1. Equipment and consumables list must be submitted via Moodle by 3 PM August 4th 2017. 2. Proposal to be submitted via Moodle by 11:45 PM AEST 18th August 2017 3. Experiment will be conducted as part of the residential school and may occur between August 21 - 23 2017
Return Date to Students Week 9 Friday (15-Sep-2017)
Feedback will be delivered via Moodle
Weighting 15%
Assessment Criteria

General Guidelines

· The proposal should be coherent, have flow and there should be no typographical errors.

· Text should be word-processed, with appropriate layout and use of headings/sub-headings.

· Tables and figures to illustrate specific aspects may be included with titles and acknowledgement where necessary.

· Figures and tables should be correctly labelled.

· all material sourced externally must be cited in the correct format.

· The references should be listed at the end of the assessment.

· Please avoid images with very large file sizes as this will make your essay too large to upload/download.

The assessment task must be completed and submitted by the due date and time. In the absence of an approved extension, there will be no opportunity to complete the task after this date and there will be no supplementary exam or assessment offered should you come close to passing the unit but do not meet the criteria for a Pass grade for the overall unit.

Marking Criteria

Detailed marking criteria will be available on the unit Moodle site, and will be based on the following:

· Clarity of objectives and focus of the work (25%)

· Validity of experimental design (50%)

· Use of literature (25%)

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40%
Referencing Style Turabian
Submission Online

1. Equipment and consumables list must be submitted via Moodle by 3 PM August 4th 2017. 2. Proposal to be submitted via Moodle by 11:45 PM AEST 18th August 2017 3. Experiment will be conducted as part of the residential school and may occur between August 21 - 23 2017

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Discuss strategies to solve significant problems in health and the environment using the principles of biomaterial science.

4. Evaluate the use and usefulness of biomaterials and devices constructed with biomaterials.

5. Assess the compatibility of biomaterials in health and environmental disciplines and apply the appropriate compatability requirements to real world applications.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

5. Team Work



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment 2 (Written) - linked with Assessment 1
Task Description


Students will report the findings from their investigative exercise (assessment 1) in the form of a scientific manuscript. The manuscript should be in the format of the journal Biomaterials Science. The formatting and author guidelines can be found by clicking here. Adherence to these guidelines is a part of the Assessment Criteria for this exercise.

Please Note: This is a group submission.

A full assessment rubrics will be available on the unit Moodle site, using the following criteria:

  • The manuscript should be coherent, have flow and all material sourced externally must be cited in the correct format.
  • Text should be word-processed, with appropriate layout and use of headings/sub-headings. Tables and figures to illustrate specific aspects may be included with titles and acknowledgement where necessary.
  • Please avoid images with very large file sizes as this will make your essay too large to upload/download.
  • Data should be clearly presented, e.g. numerical data must be tabulated.
  • Figures and tables should be correctly labelled.
  • There should be no typographical errors

General marking criteria

  • Abstract (5 %)
  • Literature review (25 %)
  • Results presentation and analysis (20 %)
  • Discussion (30 %)
  • Conclusion (10 %)
  • Presentation adherence to Biomaterials Science guidelines (10 %)
Assessment Due Date Week 10 Friday (22-Sep-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Review/Exam Week Friday (13-Oct-2017)
Feedback will be delivered via Moodle
Weighting 25%
Assessment Criteria

General marking criteria

  • The manuscript should be coherent, have flow and all material sourced externally must be cited in the correct format.
  • Text should be word-processed, with appropriate layout and use of headings/sub-headings. Tables and figures to illustrate specific aspects may be included with titles and acknowledgement where necessary.
  • Please avoid images with very large file sizes as this will make your essay too large to upload/download.
  • Data should be clearly presented, e.g. numerical data must be tabulated.
  • Figures and tables should be correctly labelled.
  • There should be no typographical errors

A full assessment rubrics will be available on the unit Moodle site, using the following criteria:

  • Abstract (5 %)
  • Literature review (25 %)
  • Results presentation and analysis (20 %)
  • Discussion (30 %)
  • Conclusion (10 %)
  • Presentation adherence to Biomaterials Science guidelines (10 %)
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40 %
Referencing Style Turabian
Submission Online

Online submission in Moodle (docx and doc only submissions)

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Discuss strategies to solve significant problems in health and the environment using the principles of biomaterial science.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment 3 (Written)
Task Description

Critical analysis of a real world biomaterial, currently being applied in medicine, the environment or agriculture

Report writing is a key benchmark of the scientific endeavour applying the principles of knowledge value, the accuracy of interpretation and succinct, timely communication of findings. In this assessment, you will be tasked with reporting your critique on a real world biomaterial currently used in either the medical, environmental or agricultural field.

The biomaterial will be provided to you by the unit coordinator during the residential school.

You will need to scrutinise the product supplied:

  • How is the product packaged?
  • Was there any labelling?
  • Is there an expiry date – why?
  • Will sterilisation of the material or packaging affect the make-up of the material?
  • How does the biomaterial or device function?
  • Are there any FDA classifications?
  • Give comment on whether newer products have been released and why?

Products may include:

  • Oral Health dental materials
  • Veterinary sutures
  • CIDR device for cattle
  • Biomaterials used in paramedicine

General Guidelines

  • The report should contain elements of scientific report writing.
  • Text should be word-processed, with appropriate layout and use of headings/sub-headings. Tables and figures to illustrate specific aspects may be included with titles and acknowledgement where necessary.
  • Please avoid images with very large file sizes as this will make your essay too large to upload/download.
  • Any references should be listed at the end of the assessment.
  • The assessment task must be completed and submitted by the due date and time. In the absence of an approved extension, there will be no opportunity to complete the task after this date and there will be no supplementary exam or assessment offered should you come close to passing the unit but do not meet the criteria for a Pass grade for the overall unit.

Marking Criteria

  • The report should be coherent, have flow and all material sourced externally must be cited in the correct format.
  • Data should be clearly presented, e.g. numerical data must be tabulated.
  • Figures and tables should be correctly labelled.
  • There should be no typographical errors.


Assessment Due Date Week 9 Friday (15-Sep-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
10th August 2017 23:45 AEST
Return Date to Students Week 12 Friday (06-Oct-2017)
Feedback will be delivered via Moodle
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria

General Guidelines

  • The report should contain elements of scientific report writing.
  • Text should be word-processed, with appropriate layout and use of headings/sub-headings. Tables and figures to illustrate specific aspects may be included with titles and acknowledgement where necessary.
  • Please avoid images with very large file sizes as this will make your essay too large to upload/download.
  • Any references should be listed at the end of the assessment.
  • The assessment task must be completed and submitted by the due date and time. In the absence of an approved extension, there will be no opportunity to complete the task after this date and there will be no supplementary exam or assessment offered should you come close to passing the unit but do not meet the criteria for a Pass grade for the overall unit.

Marking Criteria

  • The report should be coherent, have flow and all material sourced externally must be cited in the correct format.
  • Data should be clearly presented, e.g. numerical data must be tabulated.
  • Figures and tables should be correctly labelled.
  • There should be no typographical errors.


Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40%
Referencing Style Turabian
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the various types of biomaterials and the principles of biomaterial design and development.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 50%
Condition Minimum percentage of examination marks required to pass course - 40%
Length 180 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - all non-communicable calculators, including scientific, programmable and graphics calculators are authorised.
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Discuss the responses of living tissues to implanted biomaterials.

5. Assess the compatibility of biomaterials in health and environmental disciplines and apply the appropriate compatability requirements to real world applications.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking


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