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MEC8060 : Introduction to Tissue Engineering

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Oana Bretcanu
  • Lecturer: Dr Katarzyna Pirog, Professor David Young
  • 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 will be explored. The application of additive manufacturing in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine will be investigated.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to tissue engineering



Stem cells

Applications of tissue engineering (bone, cartilage, skin)

Additive manufacturing (definitions, processing techniques and applications)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture112:0022:00Lectures covering the whole syllabus (PiP)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture12:002:00Module summary and final discussions (last teaching week) (PiP)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion383:00114:00Recommended revision for assessments, assuming prior regular independent study throughout teaching.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion10:300:30Practice for oral presentation
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 time10:300:30Oral presentation and answers to questions (PiP)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time11:001:00End of module in class online PC assessment covering whole syllabus (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.

Alternative online sessions will be offered to students if in-person sessions are not possible (due to unforeseen circumstances such as a pandemic). In that case:
A mixture of asynchronous and synchronous delivery will be used for the PiP lectures
Weekly ‘drop-in’ synchronous sessions will be introduced
Edupack tutorial will be delivered in person or synchronously, depending on the circumstances

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation102M30PowerPoint Presentation on specific topic (10 min presentation followed by questions)
PC Examination602A70End of module in class PC assessment covering whole syllabus
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. If in-person PC and Oral examination is not possible due to unforeseen universal circumstances (such as a pandemic), the following will happen:
Oral presentation will take place synchronously
PC examination will be changed to a suitable asynchronous assignment

Reading Lists