Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Department of Genetics and Bioengineering

Code Name Level Year Semester
GBE 324 Biomaterials Undergraduate 2 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 5 2 + 2 102

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Monia Avdić - Ibrišimović, Assist. Prof. Dr. Monia Avdić Ibrišimović Monia Avdić - Ibrišimović, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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This course is designed to introduce students to the various classes of biomaterials in use and their application. It deals with chemical, biophysical and biological concepts of DNA, RNA, protein, lipids and carbohydrates. Through the analysis of scientific articles students will be introduced to the potential use of these biopolymers in various fields. A special accent is given to the molecular techniques regarding the isolation and analysis of biopolymers. The course also analyses the potential use of nanoparticles,biosensors and biofilms.

The cognitive, affective and behavioral objectives of this course are following:
 Introduction to chemical, biophysical and biological concepts in the study of biopolymers
 Discriminating the importance of the use of biomaterials and new technologies
 Giving and outline of applications of biomaterials.
 Teaching the basic characteristics of specific biomaterials.
 Illustrating the processes and phenomena related to the application of biomaterials.

  1. Introduction to biomaterials and seminar topic determination
  2. Interpreting scientific articles: Analysis of DNA polymerases and electrophoresis results
  3. Chemical, biophysical and biological concepts of DNA structure
  4. The basis of the helix. Basis of DNA base pairing. Histones
  5. DNA triplex and quadriplex
  6. DNA origami
  7. Midterm week
  8. Midterm Week
  9. Biodegradable Plastics From Natural Resources. Designing a scientific project
  10. Fascinating Biopolymer and Sustainable Raw Material
  11. Natural based plasticizers and biopolymer films
  12. Biopolymer based biosensors.
  13. Nanoparticles as drug carrier systems
  14. Cell and tissue cultures.
  15. Biofilms, detection and implications

  1. Beginning of classes
  2. Introductory lab
  3. Natural biomaterials: Iodine test for starch
  4. Isolation of proteins from food
  5. Biofilms
  6. Biofilms

  2. Denaturation of proteins
  3. Agarose immunodiffusion assay
  4. Making plastic from natural sources
  5. Making bateries from natural sources
  6. Isolation of chitin from crab shells
  7. Isolation of chitosan from chitin by alkaline hydrolysis
  8. Preparation for practical exam
  9. Practical exam from lab course

  • Interactive Lectures
  • Practical Sessions
  • Excersises
  • Presentation
  • Discussions and group work
  • Student debates
  • Problem solving
  • Assignments
  • Case Studies
Description (%)
Method Quantity Percentage (%)
Midterm Exam(s)120
Lab/Practical Exam(s)1420
Final Exam140
Total: 100
Learning outcomes
  • Recognize most of the terms used in the literature of biomaterials
  • Collect basic knowledge of materials that can have biomedical application
  • Discriminate chemical and physical structure of biomaterials
  • Break down mechanical properties and processing of biomaterials
  • Illustrate protein and cell interactions with biomaterials
  • Recognize the significance of the use of nanoparticles, biofilms and biosensors
  • Learn the various methods of isolating and characterizing biopolymers
  • 1. Nelson, D. L., Lehninger, A. L., & Cox, M. M. (2008). Lehninger principles of biochemistry. Macmillan.
  • 2. Alberts, B., Bray, D., Hopkin, K., Johnson, A., Lewis, J., Raff, M., ... & Walter, P. (2013). Essential cell biology. Garland Science.

ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)14228
Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)14228
Midterm Examination (1 week)122
Final Examination(1 week)122
Preparation for Midterm Examination11212
Preparation for Final Examination12828
Assignment / Homework/ Project111
Seminar / Presentation111
Total Workload: 102
ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 4