Biomaterials module (ME51008)
Level: SHE level 5 (MSc)
To provide the student with:
- Knowledge of biomaterials in particular of applications in tissue engineering and biocompatibility.
- Knowledge of interaction between biological systems and prosthetic materials during tissue regeneration.
- An understanding of the physiological effects of exercise;
- Experience in computer modelling of biomechanical properties of tissue;
- A basic understanding of natural biomaterials
- An introduction to bioreactors;
- Knowledge of the basic properties of implant materials and the way in which these influence their biocompatibility
- To develop competence in scientific writing and reporting
Intended learning outcomes
- knowledge of the mechanical properties of body fluids and living tissue including: bone, skin, tendon, ligament, muscle, cartilage;
- familiarity with material properties of solids and fluids
- selection criteria for suitable materials;
- able to apply knowledge to specific implant design problems
- knowledge of modern biomaterials in medicine and surgery;
- Knowledge of medical application of smart materials and structures.
- competence in writing to accepted academic standards
- elastic, viscoelastic and fatigue material properties:;
- material properties specific to biological (bone, soft tissues) and non-biological (metals, plastics, ceramics);
- Gradients and junctions of connective tissue;
- Biomaterials (properties and applications), and biocompatibility (tissue response to the biomaterials, biomechanical compatibility, assessment of biocompatibility and Imaging compatibility).
- Biocompatibility of implant materials and tissue engineering constructs
Assessment: Coursework 30% Exam 70%
No. & duration of exam(s): 1 written examination of 2 hours duration.
Teaching & learning:70 hours comprising of lectures, tutorials and seminars, case studies, practical laboratory work, demonstrations, etc.; 30 hours of coursework assignments; and 100 hours of self-study (total module hours: 200)
When taught: Semester 1
Modes of delivery & student participation
Modes of delivery: Classes/tutorials (face to face teaching). Students are expected and encouraged to participate actively in classes via discussions, teamwork and feedback.
Pre-requisites of entry requirements
The normal entry requirement will be an honours degree or equivalent in a discipline that provides a suitable basis for the programme, e.g. biomedical, electrical, electronic or mechanical engineering.