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School of Engineering
Course unit
BIOMATERIALS (Numerosita' canale 2)
IN01100950, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
IN2374, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination BIOMATERIALS
Department of reference Department of Information Engineering
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge ANDREA BAGNO ING-IND/34

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ING-IND/34 Industrial Bioengineering 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
3 A.A. 2019/2020 01/10/2019 15/03/2021 BAGNO ANDREA (Presidente)
TODROS SILVIA (Membro Effettivo)
PAVAN PIERO (Supplente)
2 A.A. 2018/19 01/10/2018 15/03/2020 TODROS SILVIA (Presidente)
BAGNO ANDREA (Membro Effettivo)
PAVAN PIERO (Supplente)
1 A.A. 2018/2019 01/10/2018 15/03/2020 BAGNO ANDREA (Presidente)
TODROS SILVIA (Membro Effettivo)
PAVAN PIERO (Supplente)

Prerequisites: The course includes the following prerequisites: elements of chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry.
Target skills and knowledge: Students are expected to acquire the following knowledge:
1) definitions of biomaterials and their classification (biological, metallic, polymeric, ceramic and composite);
2) main characteristics of biological tissues;
3) main characteristics of the materials used as biomaterials and the relationships between structure and properties;
4) examples of biomaterials used for the production of prosthetic devices of common clinical use (vascular prostheses, prosthetic heart valves, joint prostheses);
5) biocompatibility definition and assessment.
Students are also expected to acquire the following skills: the ability to express a documented evaluation of the materials to be used for the realization of prosthetic devices.
Examination methods: Regular students are given the opportunity to take two written tests in itinere (compitini), each on half of the program. The mark obtained, which is awarded by rewarding the best students’ performance, is then recorded immediately after the end of the course.
All students are given the opportunity to take the oral exam on the entire program during the official appeals.
Assessment criteria: The preparation of the students is evaluated on the basis of their ability to analytically discuss the topics developed during the lessons, taking into account in particular:
- completeness of the exposure;
- lexicon.
Course unit contents: Biomaterials: definitions and applications. Classification of biomaterials: traditional materials and biological tissues. Solid state: the chemical bond and crystalline structure. Cell components. Fundamentals of cell morphology and biology to define the structure and composition of biological materials. Polymeric biomaterials, metals, ceramics and composites. Medical applications of biomaterials and related issues: characteristics and properties of biomaterials. Biomaterials applications: vascular prostheses, prosthetic heart valves, prosthetic joints. Biocompatibility.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: - The program is mainly carried out through lectures and seminars. In this way the knowledge that students must acquire is proposed.
- Learning objectives are also achieved through the common discussion of some specific topics. The presentation of several "case studies" aims to encourage the participation of students in the discussion, also through group work. In this way the acquisition of specific skills is achieved.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The following reference text is proposed to the students:
- Carlo Di Bello and Andrea Bagno, Biomaterials (second edition). Bologna: Patron Editore, 2016.
Additional materials will be provided to students through Moodle.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Case study
  • Problem solving
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)