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Unit of study_

BMET9971: Tissue Engineering

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.

Details

Academic unit Biomedical Engineering
Unit code BMET9971
Unit name Tissue Engineering
Session, year
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Semester 1, 2020
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Prohibitions
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AMME5971 OR AMME9971 OR AMME4971 OR BMET4971
Prerequisites
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(AMME5921 or BMET5921 OR BMET9921)
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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AMME9901 or BMET9901 or [6 credit points of 1000-level biology and 6 credit points of 1000-level chemistry]

Available to study abroad and exchange students

No

Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Jiao-Jiao Li, jiaojiao.li@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam Final exam
Final exam
20% Formal exam period 1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO4 LO6
Assignment Lecture and tutorial activities
Weekly lecture and tutorial activities
10% Multiple weeks N/A
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Presentation group assignment Group presentation
Group presentation
30% Week 08 N/A
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Grant proposal
Individual assignment - grant proposal
40% Week 12 N/A
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO7 LO5 LO4 LO3
group assignment = group assignment ?

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

 

Distinction

75 - 84

 

Credit

65 - 74

 

Pass

50 - 64

 

Fail

0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

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The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Overview of tissue engineering Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 02 Synthetic elastic biomaterials Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 03 Tissue engineering in burns: clinical reality Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 04 The future of cell and gene therapies Independent study (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 05 Biomaterials in tissue engineering Independent study (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 06 Role of the microenvironment in tissue engineering Independent study (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 07 Bone regeneration using synthetic approaches Independent study (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 08 Stem cell biology and applications in tissue engineering Independent study (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 09 Vascular tissue engineering Independent study (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 10 The therapeutic use of adult stem cells Independent study (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 11 Injectable biomaterials for tissue engineering Independent study (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 12 Space invaders: how cancer cells negotiate tissue barriers Independent study (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 13 Course reflection and exam preparation Independent study (4 hr)  

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. develop team work skills by working within a group to generate tissue engineering solutions
  • LO2. collect, analyse and critically evaluate information from the tissue engineering literature
  • LO3. discuss and compare the common approaches used in tissue engineering
  • LO4. communicate ideas and findings in tissue engineering in verbal and written forms
  • LO5. devise a tissue engineering solution to real-life clinical problems
  • LO6. explain the basic concepts of tissue engineering and relate these concepts to specific disciplines in the field
  • LO7. propose clinical problems to which a tissue engineering solution can be applied.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9
Assessment weightings and class activities have been adjusted

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