Tissue Engineering

Subject 411-394 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

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 of lectures, 12 hours of tutorials
Total Time Commitment: Not available

521-225 Integrated Biomedical Science, 536-225 Integrated Biomedical Science II

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Assoc Prof Andrea O'Connor
Subject Overview: Students studying Tissue Engineering will become familiar with the history, scope and potential of tissue engineering. This will include the use of biomaterials in tissue engineering; major scaffold materials and fabrication methods, scaffold strength and degradation. Cell sources, selection, challenges and potential manipulation. Cell-surface interactions, biocompatibility and the foreign body reaction, and surface engineering. The role and delivery of growth factors for tissue engineering applications. In vitro and in vivo tissue engineering strategies, challenges, cell culture, scale-up issues and transport modelling. Ethical and regulatory issues. Clinical applications of tissue engineering, such as bone regeneration, breast reconstruction, cardiac and corneal tissue engineering, and organogenesis (e.g. pancreas).

On completion of this subject/ course students should be able to:

- explain the significance and future potential of tissue engineering

- identify key challenges in tissue engineering of different human tissues

- describe the design, fabrication and biomaterials selection criteria for tissue engineering scaffolds

- describe the sources and challenges of using stem cells and non-stem cells for tissue engineering

- use simple models to quantify aspects of bioreactor design

- explain the ethical and regulatory issues of significance in tissue engineering.


An end-of-semester examination of three hours contributing 80% of the final assessment and an assignment not exceeding 4000 words contributing 20% of the assessment, due in the second half of the semester.

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Information Not Available

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • 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 multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical)Biocellular

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