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MEC8060 : Tissue Engineering

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Oana Bretcanu
  • Lecturer: Professor David Young, Dr Katarzyna Pirog
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The module covers fundamental aspects of tissue engineering with an emphasis on bone and cartilage tissue engineering. The tissue engineering concept and its applications in the medical field, such as vascular, cardiac and skin grafts, will be explored.

Outline Of Syllabus

-Introduction to tissue engineering


-Stem cells

-Bone scaffolds

-Applications of tissue engineering (bone, skin, cornea, heart, etc.)

-Cartilage engineering (delivered by staff from the Medical School)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture12:002:00Module summary and final discussions (last teaching week) (PiP)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture112:0022:00Lectures covering the whole syllabus (PiP)
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
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time11:001:00End of module in class online PC assessment covering whole syllabus (PiP)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time10:300:30Oral presentation and answers to questions (PiP)
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

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

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

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

The assessments provide an appropriate way to assess both theoretical understanding and problem-solving skills. The students should be able to apply a broad range of knowledge to the healthcare applications of tissue engineering.

Reading Lists