Biomaterials (BIO350)

This course is designed to enable students to apply the fundamental principles of material sciences to biomedical applications.

Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.


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Spring, Autumn

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The course will introduce different materials (polymers, metals, ceramics and composites) and their behaviors in contact with biological environments while presenting a balance of fundamental biological concepts, materials science background, medical/clinical concerns, & coverage of biomaterials past, present, & future. In addition, students will learn about the properties of biological materials like bone, muscles, skin and vasculature.

Learning outcome

This course will have the following intended learning outcomes. Consequently, with the successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

1. Describe the material science and engineering requirements related to biomaterials.

2. Provide specific examples of the different types of biomaterials and their intrinsic differences.

3. Explain the complexity of the application of materials in biology.

4. Employ engineering analysis methods to evaluate the selection and performance of biomaterials.

5. Critically reflect on and apply basic concepts to biomaterials.

6. Demonstrate clear technical written and oral communication skills.

Required prerequisite knowledge


Recommended prerequisites

BIO200 Biochemistry, BIO210 Biotechnology, KJE150 General Chemistry
KJE150 General Chemistry, BIO200 Biochemistry, BIO210 Anatomy and Physiology


Total grad (written exam, report and oral exam)

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam after half-term 4/10 1 Hours Letter grades None permitted
Report 3/10 Letter grades
Oral exam 3/10 Letter grades

Report and oral presentation are based on project work and are carried out and assessed in groups.The course has an ongoing assessment. All parts must be passed in order to obtain a final grade in the course.There is no re-sit possibilities for the report or oral presentation. Students that wish to improve their result in this part, may do so the next time the course is lectured. A re-sit exam is arranged for the written exam.

Coursework requirements

There will be held quizzes in the classroom which must be passed in order to gain access to the other assessment parts in the course. There are no re-sit possibilities for this.

Course teacher(s)

Head of Department:

Ingunn Westvik Jolma

Method of work

Lectures, group discussions in class

Open for

Students at Tek Nat

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto