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AMME4971: Tissue Engineering (2017 - Semester 1)
|Unit:||AMME4971: Tissue Engineering (6 CP)|
|Faculty/School:||School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering|
Professor Zreiqat , Hala
Dr Li, Jiao Jiao
|Session options:||Semester 1|
|Versions for this Unit:|
|Pre-Requisites:||MECH2901 AND MECH3921.|
|Brief Handbook Description:||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 engineering and the life sciences have begun to make this possible, and as a consequence, the very new and multidisciplinary field of tissue engineering has been making dramatic progress in the last few years.
This unit will provide an introduction to the principles of tissue engineering, as well as an up to date overview of recent progress and future outlook in the field of tissue engineering. This unit 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: To gain a basic understanding of the major areas of interest in tissue engineering; To learn to apply basic engineering principles to tissue engineering systems; To understand the promises and limitations of tissue engineering; To understand the advances and challenges of stem cell applications; Enable students to access web-based resources in tissue engineering (for example: Harvard-MIT Principles and Practice of Tissue Engineering); Enable students to develop basic skills in tissue engineering research.
|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.|
Dr Li, Jiao Jiao
Professor Zreiqat , Hala
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 in tissue engineering. The students will be expected to identify a problem in the related field and discuss ways of providing tissue engineering solutions.||Design (Level 3)|
|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 3)|
|Information literacy. This will be developed through the individual and group assessment activities. Literature survey of the latest research in tissue engineering.||Information Seeking (Level 2)|
|Communication. This will be developed through the group presentations and tutorials. In tutorials, students will be divided into small groups and assigned papers to discuss. They will then present and discuss their findings and outcomes with the whole class.||Communication (Level 2)|
|Experience through the group presentation and tutorial participation will provide training in team work, communication and presentation skills.||Professional Conduct (Level 2)|
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 3)
Presentation/Seminar: Group presentation on a tissue engineering topic
Assignment: Individual assignment on a tissue engineering topic
Final Exam: Final 2 hour open-book exam
|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||Overview of Tissue Engineering|
|Week 2||Biomaterials in tissue engineering|
|Week 3||Cements and fibres: special solutions for orthopaedic tissue engineering|
|Week 4||Biomedical engineering in burns: clinical reality|
|Week 5||Stem cells: Identification and therapeutic use|
|Week 6||A multidimensional approach to repairing and enhancing human elastic tissue|
|Week 7||Building bone with biologics|
|Assessment Due: Group presentation|
|Week 8||Tissue engineering for osteoarthritis|
|Week 9||Scaffolds in bone tissue engineering|
|Week 10||Space invaders: how cancer cells negotiate tissue barriers|
|Assessment Due: Assignment|
|Week 11||Cardiac regeneration for bioengineers|
|Week 12||Embryonic stem cells|
|Week 13||Course reflection and exam preparation|
|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 and Team Skills (Level 3)||No||0%|
|Design (Level 3)||Yes||17.67%|
|Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)||Yes||23.92%|
|Information Seeking (Level 2)||Yes||23.92%|
|Communication (Level 2)||Yes||12.25%|
|Professional Conduct (Level 2)||Yes||12.25%|
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.