Singapore University of Social Sciences


CET Course | SkillsFuture Claimable Course

Biomaterials (BME213)


The course aims to provide students with a general understanding of a wide range of biomaterials made from appropriate metals, ceramics, and polymers (including natural and synthetic polymers). Included in the course are many relevant fundamental details that link factors such as bonding, structure, processing parameters and microstructures to the properties of biomaterials. These fundamentals will equip students to understand the mechanical, chemical and physical behaviour of materials when used in biomedical applications.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JAN
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.


  • Introduction to Biomaterials
  • Properties of Biomaterials
  • Polymeric Biomaterials
  • Metallic Biomaterials
  • Ceramics and Glass Ceramic Biomaterials
  • Composite Biomaterials

Learning Outcome

  • Describe materials according to their property sets
  • Explain the nature of the primary bonds common to many materials
  • Illustrate the different structures common to the different classes of materials
  • Categorize the properties of the different class of materials
  • Examine the specific properties of a key set of biomaterials
  • Distinguish the different materials required for various medical devices by using their knowledge on materials properties.
  • Demonstrate the use of biomaterials in a range of biomedical applications
  • Analyze and interpret data from various characterization systems through laboratory sessions.
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