Course Title: Tissue Engineering

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Tissue Engineering

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2015


Bundoora Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Prof Robert M.I. Kapsa

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 4 1314 2978

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Email for appointment

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course focuses on the engineering of tissues using functional biomaterials, scaffolds and/or advanced techniques such as 3D printing. In this course, you will learn about how materials have biomimetic effects on cells, tissue and organ systems and how these may be engineered to replace loss of function due to tissue removal, disease or damage. You will learn how synthetic tissue constructs are designed, engineered, constructed, implanted and monitored to establish their ongoing functionality and ability to remediate tissue dysfunction.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours):

• In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline
• Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources
• Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes
• Professional use and management of information

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Understand Tissue Engineering application and engineer appropriate function into 3D synthetic tissue constructs for diagnostic modelling and tissue repair
  2. Understand the biological requirements for tissue engineering and how they involve and interact with bio-active molecules drugs, materials and the implant environment
  3. Understand the basic principles of engineering scaffolds for growing functional 3D synthetic tissue constructs
  4. Fabricate multicomponent biomaterials using advanced manufacturing technologies such as 3D bio-printing
  5. Establish the biocompatibility and suitability of materials for use in specific tissue engineering applications.

Overview of Learning Activities

 Learning activities throughout the course include: pre-recorded lectures, seminars, workshops, projects, directed research and self-directed learning.

Overview of Learning Resources

Pre-recorded lectures, laboratories, publications, book chapters text book

Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.
☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Leaning & Teaching).

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Item 1: Major project: Project Report + Literature Review
Weighting: 30%
Related course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Item 2: Weekly Quizzes
Weighting: 25%
Related course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Item 3: Major project: Laboratory report and reflective exercise
Weighting: 10%
Related course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Item 4: Major project: Prac Reports
Weighting: 35%
Related course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5