Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course you will be able to differentiate the biomaterials in
medicine and their central properties, understand the requirements set by the biomedical
applications, know biomaterial-tissue interactions and comprehend how to modify

Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.09.2020 - 10.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Tomi Laurila, Emilia Peltola

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Tomi Laurila, Emilia Peltola

Contact information for the course (valid 14.08.2020-21.12.2112):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Metals, ceramics and polymers as biomaterials, tissue engineering,
    requirements of biological environment, host reactions to biomaterials, surface properties
    and their modifications, testing of biomaterials

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Portfolio (100%)

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Study diaries from all topics, completed home problems and active participation in study discussions are required to complete the course.

    Grading: pass/fail

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures 14h, laboratory work 6 h, independent work 110h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    An Introduction to Materials in Medicine, by B.D.Rattner, A.S.Hoffman,
    F.J.Schoen and J.E.Lemons, 3rd edition, Elsevier Academic Press, Amsterdam (2013).

  • Applies in this implementation:

    In addition to the course text book also other material, such as articles or theses may be given.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    S-113.2210 Biomaterials Science

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    ELEC-C8722 Molecular and cell biology and ELEC-D8710 Principles of materials science are recommended



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