Tissue Engineering (AMME4971)


Core Unit of Study: With the severe worldwide shortage of donor organs and the ubiquitous problem of donor organ rejection, there is a strong need for developing technologies for engineering replacement organs and other body parts. Recent developments in biochemistry and cell biology have begun to make this possible, and as a consequence, the very new field of tissue engineering has been making dramatic progress in the last few years.
This UoS will provide an introduction to the principles of tissue engineering, as well as an up to date overview of recent progress in the field of tissue engineering is and where it is going. This UoS assumes prior knowledge of cell biology and chemistry and builds on that foundation to elaborate on the important aspects of tissue engineering. The objectives are:
1. To gain a basic understanding of the major areas of interest in tissue engineering
2. To learn to apply basic engineering principles to tissue engineering systems
3. To understand the challenges and difficulties of tissue engineering.
4. Understand the ethical issues of stem cell applications.
5. Practical classes in the preparation and evaluation of scaffolds for tissue regeneration.
6. Enable student to access web-based resources in tissue engineering (for example: Harvard-MIT Principles and Practice of Tissue Engineering).
7. Research basic skills in Tissue Engineering.

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Lecture 2 hrs/week; Tutorial 2 hrs/week.


Through semester assessment (60%) and Final Exam (40%)

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Assumed knowledge

6 credit points of Junior Biology, 6 credit points of Junior Chemistry and 6 credit points of Intermediate Physiology, or equivalent.

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The primary teaching delivery method will be lectures. This UoS builds on the assumed knowledge of junior and intermediate biology and thus students will already have practical hands-on biological training. The purpose of this UoS is to elaborate the theory and latest developments of this very new field of tissue engineering, thereby building on the existing practical and theoretical knowledge base the students have in cell biology.

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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.