BMET3971: Tissue Engineering (2021 - Semester 1)

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Unit: BMET3971: Tissue Engineering (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior
Faculty/School: School of Biomedical Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Professor Zreiqat, Hala
Dr Li, Jiao Jiao
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: MECH2901 OR BMET2901 OR [MEDS2005 and (MEDS2001 or PHSI2007)].
Prohibitions: AMME4971 OR BMET4971 OR AMME9971 OR BMET9971.
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; Enable students to develop basic skills in tissue engineering research.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Dr Li, Jiao Jiao
Professor Zreiqat, Hala
Timetable: BMET3971 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 12
3 Project Work - own time 4.00 1 13
4 Independent Study 2.00 1 13

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 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. (2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3)
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. (3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3)
Information literacy. This will be developed through the individual and group assessment activities. Literature survey of the latest research in tissue engineering.
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.
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 2)
Experience through the group presentation and tutorial participation will provide training in team work, communication and presentation skills. (7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018.

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.

(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3)
1. Develop team work skills by working within a group to generate tissue engineering solutions
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 2)
2. Collect, analyse and critically evaluate information from the tissue engineering literature
3. Discuss and compare the common approaches used in tissue engineering
4. Communicate ideas and findings in tissue engineering in verbal and written forms
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3)
5. Devise a tissue engineering solution to real-life clinical problems
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3)
6. Explain the basic concepts of tissue engineering and relate these concepts to specific disciplines in the field
7. Propose clinical problems to which a tissue engineering solution can be applied
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Group presentation Yes 20.00 Week 7 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7,
2 Grant Proposal * No 30.00 Week 10 2, 3, 4, 5, 7,
3 Final Exam No 40.00 Exam Period 4, 6,
4 Attendance/Participation Yes 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 4, 6,
Assessment Description: Presentation/Seminar: Group presentation on a tissue engineering topic

Assignment: Individual assignment on a tissue engineering topic

Final Exam: Final 2 hour closed-book exam


- There may be statistically and educationally defensible methods used when combining the marks from each component to ensure consistency of marking between markers, and alignment of final grades with grade descriptors.

- Lateness in submitting assignments past the due date and time will be penalised by 10% deduction of the mark obtained for the assessment per 24 hours late.

- The University has authorised and mandated the use of text-based similarity detecting software Turnitin for all text-based written assignments.
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
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.

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Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Overview of Tissue Engineering
Week 2 Biomedical engineering in burns: clinical reality
Week 3 Biomaterials in tissue engineering
Week 4 Bone regeneration using synthetic approaches
Week 5 TheĀ future of cell and gene therapies
Week 6 Space invaders: how cancer cells negotiate tissue barriers
Week 7 Tropoelastin: Balancing 3D structure and function with dynamic assembly
Assessment Due: Group presentation
Week 8 Injectable biomaterials for tissue engineering
Week 9 Ceramics in tissue engineering
Week 10 Vascular tissue engineering
Assessment Due: Grant Proposal *
Week 11 Stem cell biology and applications in tissue engineering
Week 12 The therapeutic use of adult stem cells
Week 13 Course reflection and exam preparation
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Biomedical Mid-Year 2021, 2022, 2018, 2019, 2020
Biomedical/ Project Management 2021, 2022, 2019, 2020
Biomedical 2021, 2022, 2018, 2019, 2020
Biomedical / Arts 2021, 2022, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Biomedical / Commerce 2021, 2022, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Biomedical /Science 2021, 2022, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Biomedical/Science (Health) 2021, 2022, 2018, 2019, 2020
Biomedical / Law 2021, 2022, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Biomedical/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2021, 2022, 2018, 2019, 2020
Biomedical / Medical Science 2017
Biomedical / Music Studies 2017
Biomedical / Project Management 2017, 2018

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3) Yes 7%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 2) No 0%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 2) Yes 43%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 3) No 0%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3) Yes 13%
(4) Design (Level 3) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3) Yes 37%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 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.