Course syllabus

Biomaterial - Interaktion mellan levande vävnad och syntetiska material
Biomaterials - Interaction between Living Tissue and Synthetic Materials

EXTG05, 5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2019/20
Decided by: PLED BME
Date of Decision: 2019-03-28

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: BME3
Elective for: N4
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


To acquire specific knowledge on materials with respect to the design parameters for selection or creation of materials to be used in contact with living tissue – biomaterials. To understand the processes and materials properties that govern the interactions over the interface between the material and the living tissue. To understand the process that is needed to develop a new biomaterial or medical device from concept to clinics. To understand medical device/biomaterial safety at the development and clinical stage. To have knowledge of the rules that govern medical products in Europe and other parts of the world.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must


Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must



Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must




The class is given as lectures that will include materials science, characterization and testing of biomaterials, decontamination methods, sterilization methods and cleanroom principles. Processes in the boundary zone between material and tissue will be covered, as well as ethics, clinical researh and regulations concerning medical devices. Examples of various clinical uses of biomaterials is given in orthopedics, dentistry, cardiovascular system, neurology, ophthalmology, audiology aso.

Students will also do a group work that will be presented orally followed by a discussion and a written popular science summary (English).

Teachers at he Faculty of Medicine and LTH is responsible for teaching.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: To pass the course the student must pass the final exam, which is given in the form of short-answer questions. Additionally the student successfully must implement a group work.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0116. Name: Written Examination.
Credits: 4. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written exam
Code: 0216. Name: Group Work.
Credits: 1. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Passed group work which presents orally with diskussion and a written report.


Required prior knowledge: EITA01 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering KOKA20 General and Organic Chemistry
The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Lucas Kumosa,
Course coordinator: Lars Magnus Bjursten,
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