AMME4971: Tissue Engineering (2013 - Semester 2)
|Unit:||AMME4971: Tissue Engineering (6 CP)|
|Faculty/School:||School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering|
A/Prof Zreiqat , Hala
|Session options:||Semester 2|
|Versions for this Unit:|
|Brief Handbook Description:||Elective Unit of Study: With the severe worldwide shortage of donor organs and the ubiquitous problem of donor organ rejection, there is a strong need for developing technologies for engineering replacement organs and other body parts. Recent developments in biochemistry and cell biology have begun to make this possible, and as a consequence, the very new field of tissue engineering has been making dramatic progress in the last few years.
This UoS will provide an introduction to the principles of tissue engineering, as well as an up to date overview of recent progress in the field of tissue engineering is and where it is going. This UoS assumes prior knowledge of cell biology and chemistry and builds on that foundation to elaborate on the important aspects of tissue engineering. The objectives are:
1. To gain a basic understanding of the major areas of interest in tissue engineering
2. To learn to apply basic engineering principles to tissue engineering systems
3. To understand the challenges and difficulties of tissue engineering.
4. Understand the ethical issues of stem cell applications.
5. Practical classes in the preparation and evaluation of scaffolds for tissue regeneration.
6. Enable student to access web-based resources in tissue engineering (for example: Harvard-MIT Principles and Practice of Tissue Engineering).
7. Research basic skills in Tissue Engineering.
|Assumed Knowledge:||6 credit points of junior biology,6 credit points of junior chemistry and 6 credit points of intermediate physiology or equivalent.|
|Additional Notes:||The primary teaching delivery method will be lectures. This UoS builds on the assumed knowledge of junior and intermediate biology and thus students will already have practical hands-on biological training. The purpose of this UoS is to elaborate the theory and latest developments of this very new field of tissue engineering, thereby building on the existing practical and theoretical knowledge base the students have in cell biology.|
A/Prof Zreiqat , Hala
|T&L Activities:||Tutorial: Tutorial|
Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.
|Attribute Development Method||Attribute Developed|
|The students will be required to submit an assignment on a topic of their choice from one of the lectures. The students will be expected to identify a problem in the related field and discuss ways of providing tissue engineering solutions.||Design (Level 1)|
|The students will be given lectures in specific areas of tissue engineering by leading experts in the their area of research. This will give the students a broad knowledge on the latest developments in Tissue Engineering.||Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 1)|
|Information literacy. This will be developed through the group project activities. Literature survey of the latest research in the area of tissue engineering||Information Seeking (Level 1)|
|Communication. This will be developed through the scheduled seminars. Students will be divided into small groups and assigned a paper/project and then present and discuss their findings and outcomes with the whole class||Communication (Level 1)|
|Experience through the group project tutorial program will provide training in team work, communication and presentation skills.||Professional Conduct (Level 1)|
For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.
Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.Design (Level 1)
Final Exam: Final 2 hour open-book exam
Assignment: Assignment on a tissue engineering topic. The assignment is due on Thursday week 13.
|Policies & Procedures:||Academic Honesty in Coursework. All students must submit a cover sheet for all assessment work that declares that the work is original and not plagiarised from the work of others.
Coursework assessment and examination policy. The faculty policy is to use standards based assessment for units where grades are returned and criteria based assessment for Pass/Fail only units. Norm referenced assessment will only be used in exceptional circumstances and its use will need to be justified to the Undergraduate Studies Committee. Special consideration for illness or misadventure may be considered when an assessment component is severely affected. This policy gives the details of the information that is required to be submitted along with the appropriate procedures and forms.
Special Arrangements for Examination and Assessment. In exceptional circumstances alternate arrangements for exams or assessment can be made. However concessions for outside work arrangements, holidays and travel, sporting and entertainment events will not normally be given.
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Note that policies regarding assessment submission, penalties and assessment feedback depend upon the individual unit of study. Details of these policies, where applicable, will be found above with other assessment details in this unit outline.
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Various request forms for the Faculty of Engineering and IT can be found at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/forms/
Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp
|Week 1||Introduction to Tissue Engineering|
|Week 2||Stem Cells: Future Therapeutic Prospects of Adult Stem Cells|
|Week 3||Engineering stem cells: from niche to clinic|
|Week 4||Islet transplantation and dendritic cells, for renal transplantation|
|Week 5||Growth Factors, Matrices, and Forces and their implications in Tissue Engineering|
|Week 6||Dental implants|
|Week 7||Cartilage regeneration|
|Week 8||Tissue engineering of skin substitutes: the living 3 dimensional skin equivalent|
|Week 9||Clinical overview of heart transplantation, preservation of the donor heart|
|Week 10||Embryonic stem cells|
|Assessment Due: Presentation/Seminar|
|Week 11||Human elastin: structure, function and applications|
|Week 12||Harness the brain’s own stem cells to treat Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury and Alzheimer’s disease|
|Assessment Due: Assignment|
|Week 13||Discovery to commercial drug-treatment for osteoporosis|
|Exam Period||Assessment Due: Final Exam|
The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.
This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:
|Project Management and Team Skills (Level 1)||No||0%|
|Design (Level 1)||Yes||19.33%|
|Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 1)||Yes||26.83%|
|Information Seeking (Level 1)||Yes||26.83%|
|Communication (Level 1)||Yes||13.5%|
|Professional Conduct (Level 1)||Yes||13.5%|
These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.