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CE40130: Biomedical engineering

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2015/6
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Chemical Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Examination (EX 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To develop an appreciation of the role that engineers play in the development of new technologies and treatments used in human medicine. Emphasis will be placed on the quantitative cellular and molecular techniques.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this unit students should be able to understand the molecular level of complexities of cellular phenomena underpinning aspects of biomedical engineering; have an understanding of how chemical engineering fundamentals may be used to analyse molecular, cellular and tissue systems; appreciate the role of chemical engineering in the development of new medical tools and treatments.

Acquisition and critical assessment of interdisciplinary technical information in biochemical engineering. Taught, facilitated and assessed.

Review of basic human cell biology. Cell engineering, basic principles of cell adhesion, principles of cell migration. Fluid mechanical effects on cellular function: devices and methodology used for in-vitro experiments. Shear stress effects on cell morphology, signal transduction and mass transfer. Methods for cell separation and sorting. Therapeutic applications for cell sorting. Tissue engineering: control of cell function by the extracellular matrix and soluble growth factors (tissue microenvironments). Biomaterials: scaffolds/substrates for tissue regeneration, interaction of cells with artificial substrates. Tissue engineering case studies: engineering of vascular grafts, dermal replacements, artificial organs, eg liver assist devices.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

CE40130 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Chemical Engineering
  • UECE-AFM01 : MEng(Hons) Biochemical Engineering (Year 4)
  • UECE-AKM01 : MEng(Hons) Biochemical Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)

CE40130 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Chemical Engineering
  • UECE-AFM05 : MEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering (Year 4)
  • UECE-AKM05 : MEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2015/16 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2016/17 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2015/16.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.