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BSc Materials Science and Engineering / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
Biomaterials & Biological Interactions
|Unit level||Level 5|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Department of Materials|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This unit introduces the basic principles of cell biology to explain how cells interact with different materials based on their physicochemical properties. The understanding of the ways biological tissues interact with materials will be advanced by examining the concepts of immunological response, haemocompatibility, toxicology and ultimately biocompatibility. The unit investigates how we can study cell behaviour with the ultimate goal the engineering of biomaterials that will control and instruct cell responses.
The unit aims to:
- Develop the theoretical and practical principles required to understand biomaterials in the body.
- Understand how we can engineer materials to control cell responses.
- Develop an understanding of biocompatibility.
A greater depth of the learning outcomes will be covered in the following sections:
- Knowledge and understanding
- Intellectual skills
- Practical skills
- Transferable skills and personal qualities
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, group tutorials (problem sessions), lab classes, recommended textbooks, web resources, past exam papers, electronic supporting information (Blackboard), peer-assisted study sessions (PASS).
Knowledge and understanding
• Perform cell-material interaction studies.
• Record and analyse data from cell culture experiments.
• Analyse data from cell culture experiments.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
|Written assignment (inc essay)||15%|
Verbal and written
- Biomaterials Science, 2nd or 3rd Edition, Ratner, Elsevier Academic Press.
- Biochemistry: Berg, Tymoczko and Stryer ‘Biochemistry’ (ISBN: 0-7176-4684-0) I will use the 5th Edition for teaching but earlier editions will be fine for you to work from too.
- Molecular Biology of The Cell: Alberts, Johnson, Lewis, Raff, Roberts and Walter (ISBN: 978-0-8/153-4106-2. I will use the 5th Edition for teaching but again, earlier editions will be fine too.
There are plenty of copies in the library and you can often pick up 2nd hand copies of these textbooks from local bookshops/sales. In addition ask Olga for pdf versions of the textbooks.
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|Olga Tsigkou||Unit coordinator|