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BMSC2237 Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Essentials

10 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Helen Berry

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Satisfactory completion of Level 1 BMS programme, or equivalent

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module introduces the interdisciplinary field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. The need for and challenges of tissue engineering will be covered, along with the fundamentals of immunology and transplantation, tissue and matrix biology, biomaterials and cellular interactions, in vitro and in vivo models. This will be taught by lectures and an interactive workshop.


On completion of this module, students will have a basic knowledge of the major aspects of tissue engineering, namely:
- fundamentals of cell and matrix biology;
- fundamentals of immunology;
- 2D and 3D tissue culture technology;
- standardization, quality control and regulatory issues.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Discuss the major functions of the human immune system and the interplay with mechanisms of transplant rejection;
2. Evaluate the interplay between cells, matrix, biomaterials and immune system;
3. Demonstrate example approaches for preparing and analyzing tissue engineering constructs;
4. Construct scientific information comprehensibly in written format.


Students will cover, at an introductory level:
- the human immune system and role in transplant rejection;
- the biology of natural tissues and extracellular matrix;
- the definition of stem cells and development of cell therapies;
- in vitro and in vivo models relevant to tissue engineering;
- biomaterials and biomechanics;
- translation of technologies from bench to clinic.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Drop-in Session11.001.00
Class tests, exams and assessment11.001.00
Independent online learning hours81.00
Private study hours0.00
Total Contact hours21.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)102.00

Private study

Independent Online Learning: Self-directed learning and engagement with supporting materials on Minerva, including the time associated with background reading for each workshop/lecture, preparation for and completion of summative in-course assessment. Formative on-line MCQ assessment included.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored by an in-course MCQ (1 x formative MCQ), feedback on individual in-course assessment (1 x 1-page abstract / lay summary).

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course MCQFormative MCQ on-line in Minerva0.00
In-course AssessmentJournal artice: 1-page abstract and lay summary of an assigned topic.25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)25.00

Attendance at the workshops is a compulsory element to meet the learning outcomes, therefore these will be v-coded.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment24 hr 00 mins75.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)75.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 03/12/2021


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