Tissue Engineering

Subject 411-651 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Thirty-Six hours; non contact time commitment 84 hours.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Andrea O'Connor
Subject Overview: History, scope and potential of tissue engineering; use of biomaterials in tissue engineering; major scaffold materials and fabrication methods, scaffold strength and degradation. Cell-surface interaction, surface recognition, biocompatibility and foreign body reactions. The role and delivery of growth factors for tissue engineering applications. In vitro and in vivo tissue engineering strategies, challenges, scale-up issues and transport modelling. Cell sources and the role of stem cells in tissue engineering. Ethical and regulatory issues. Clinical applications of tissue engineering, such as bone regeneration, vascular grafts, breast reconstruction, cardiac and cordial tissue engineering, organogenesis (e.g. pancreas).
Assessment: One 3-hour examination contributing 70% of the final assessment and two assignments each of up to the equivalent of 4000 words contributing 30% of the assessment.
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On Successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Describe the scope of tissue and potential of tissue engineering in society;
  • Evaluate the parameters that go into making a successful tissue engineering scaffold.
  • Understand the challenges of cell sourcing, biomaterials engineering and scale-up in tissue engineering;
  • Apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals;
  • Undertake problem identification, formulation and solution;
  • Utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance;
  • Function effectively as an individual and in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member.
Related Course(s): Master of Biomedical Engineering

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