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Module

MEC8023 : Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Oana Bretcanu
  • Lecturer: Dr Mark Gidley, Dr Kenneth Rankin, Professor Kenneth Dalgarno, Dr Matthew German
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The module covers fundamental aspects of biomaterials science and tissue engineering, with an emphasis on orthopaedic biomaterials and bone tissue engineering. The relationship between materials, design and medical device properties will be discussed using typical clinical applications. Properties, advantages and limitations of commercial medical devices such as bone scaffolds, bone cements, dental implants, hip and knee implants, hernia meshes, heart valves, etc will be introduced. Tissue engineering concept and its applications in medical field will be explored.

Outline Of Syllabus

- Introduction to biomaterials: definitions, requirements and properties
- biomaterials used in medicine: ceramics, polymers, metals, composites
- Applications of biomaterials in medicine
- Tissue engineering concept
- Applications of Tissue engineering
- Additive manufacturing (definitions and Applications)
- Orthopaedic surgery

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials142:0028:00Non-Synchronous lectures (structured presentation of module material)
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials12:002:00Edupack materials database software demonstration
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion10:150:15Oral presentation (10 min presentation, 5 min questions)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion102:0020:00Writing a 5000 words report
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study402:0080:00Reading around the subject and understanding lecture material
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study81:008:00Practice on materials database software
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study11:451:45Preparation for Oral Presentation
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study102:0020:00Preparation of oral presentation file and Turnitin submission
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study202:0040:00Preparation of 5000 words report and Turnitin submission
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

- Lectures convey the underlying engineering science and the approaches required to apply this to the discipline-specific problems identified
- Tutorials provide additional support to the students and further consolidate taught knowledge
- 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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation152M25PowerPoint Presentation on specific topic (10 min presentation and 5 min questions)
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M755000 word report on specific topic
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessments provide an appropriate way to assess both theoretical understanding and practical problem solving skills under time-constraint as required in industry. The students will be aware of the biomaterials definitions, processing and classification and medical products regulations, being able to apply a broad base of scientific principles which will underpin the healthcare applications of biomaterials and tissue engineering products.

Reading Lists

Timetable