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MEC8060 : Tissue Engineering

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Oana Bretcanu
  • Lecturer: Dr Katarzyna Pirog, Professor David Young
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


This interdisciplinary module covers fundamental aspects of tissue engineering with an emphasis on bone and cartilage tissue engineering. Relevant examples related to the clinical applications and limitations of tissue engineering in regeneration of human tissue will be discussed. Typical case studies of tissue engineering solutions that address current medical challenges will be evaluated.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module provides fundamental knowledge in biomaterials and tissue engineering methods used for human tissue regeneration. An overview of contemporary approaches to tissue engineering will be explored, including stem cells, scaffold design and bioreactors used in tissue engineering. A range of clinical applications of tissue engineering in the medical field, such as cartilage scaffolds, skin and vascular grafts, will be discussed.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture12:002:00Module summary and final discussions
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00End of module in class online PC assessment covering whole syllabus
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00Lectures covering the whole syllabus
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion10:300:30Oral presentation and answers to questions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture12:002:00Introduction to the module
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion10:300:30Practice for oral presentation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion383:00114:00Recommended revision for assessments, assuming prior regular independent study throughout teaching.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study203:0060:00Recommended regular personal study throughout teaching period to follow up taught classes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures cover fundamental knowledge and help students to apply what they learnt to specific case studies.

Independent study supports the students’ self-study in reading around the lecture material and learning to solve the practical engineering problems identified during lectures.

Assessment preparation and completion will allow students to fully prepare for both their formative and summative assessments.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Digital Examination602A70End of module in class Inspera digital assessment covering whole syllabus
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination2M30PowerPoint Presentation on specific topic (10 min presentation followed by questions)
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Digital Examination2MCanvas Practice Quiz for the digital exam.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The Inspera digital exam will assess theoretical understanding of all aspects of the module. The students should be able to apply a broad range of knowledge to the healthcare applications of tissue engineering.

The oral presentation will assess communication skills on a specific topic, at a technical level suitable to the audience. The students should be able to select and critically evaluate technical literature, to effectively present their specific topic.

The formative assessment will help students to prepare for their summative examination, by reinforcing key concepts related to taught material covered during lectures.

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