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MEng Materials Science and Engineering with Biomaterials / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
Drug Delivery & Biosensors
|Unit level||Level 6|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Department of Materials|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
Materials for drug delivery and biosensors both consider the interaction between synthetic substances and biological or biologically active molecules.
The unit aims to:
- Provide the students with a working knowledge of how contemporary polymeric materials are used and fabricated as biomaterials for the treatment of disease and disability; and
- Provide an introduction to the theory, methods and regulatory aspects related to the use of biosensors for analyte detection.
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 (live and pre-recorded), coursework, recommended textbooks, web resources, past exam papers, electronic supporting information (Blackboard).
Knowledge and understanding
- Know the most widely used classes of polymers used for the fabrication of biomedical materials.
- Understand the reasons for the use of polymers to achieve controlled delivery of drugs in relation to polymer degradation mechanisms.
- Understand the polymer chemistry and structure-property relationships for each of the types of polymer studied.
- Describe the origins of selectivity in various biosensors.
- Describe the theory and operation of biosensors.
- Relate polymer structure and properties to their performance in vitro and in vivo.
- Recognise the main benefits of microspheres and nanoparticles in drug delivery applications.
- Mathematically relate spectroscopic or electrochemical changes to the presence of or concentration of an analyte.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Summarise key points of a scientific paper coherently and succinctly
|Written assignment (inc essay)||30%|
Written and verbal
- Biomaterials science, an introduction to materials in medicine, 3rd revised edition, B. D. Ratner, A. S. Hoffman, F. J. Schoen and J. E. Lemons, eds., Elsevier Academic Press, Oxford, 2012.
- Chemical sensors and biosensors, B. R. Eggins, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, 2002.
- Biodegradable polymers as drug delivery systems, M. Chasin and R. Langer, eds., Marcel Dekker, New York, 1990.
- Novel drug delivery systems, 2nd edition, Y. W. Chien, CRC Press, 1991.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||6|
|Independent study hours|
|Jonny Blaker||Unit coordinator|