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BSc Materials Science and Engineering / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
Stem Cell & Tissue Engineering
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Department of Materials|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
The unit will demonstrate various types of stem cells: adult, embryonic, induced pluripotent and their specialised culture methods.
The unit aims to:
- Introduce students to various types of stem cells, their differentiation capabilities and their potential applications.
- Discuss how we can use stem cells combined with biomaterials for in vitro and in vivo applications.
- Develop an understanding of the principles of tissue engineering, the biomaterials commonly used and discuss some specific examples of engineered tissues.
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), recommended textbooks, web resources, past exam papers, electronic supporting information (Blackboard).
Knowledge and understanding
- Recognise the differences between stem cell types.
- Describe how to engineer materials to support directed differentiation.
- Define the various material properties that can be exploited to control stem cell differentiation.
- Recognise the principles of tissue engineering.
- Explain how biomaterials can be used to fabricate 3D scaffolds.
- Be able to give specific tissue and organ examples.
- Discuss the importance of mimicking structures of tissues and organs.
- Ability to understand, digest and reproduce information in a concise format.
- Be able to design a scaffold to direct differentiation.
- Be able to apply the correct (stem) cell type for a particular application.
- Team work.
- Ability to reproduce work in a suitable format for a lay audience.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Presentation and communication skills.
- Team working.
|Written assignment (inc essay)||30%|
Written and verbal
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||6|
|Independent study hours|
|Julie Gough||Unit coordinator|