CHEN40790 Bio-material Interactions

Academic Year 2022/2023

The interaction between materials and biological entities (cells and bio-macromolecules) is of industrial relevance across a broad range of applications; medical devices and diagnostics, drug-delivery systems, regenerative medicine, biopharmaceutical manufacture. It is also associated with unwanted and costly fouling and bio-corrosion in sectors as diverse as oil/gas production, food and beverage processing and the production and treatment of water. This course will initially describe the relevant biotic and abiotic factors and then move on to describe in detail the fundamental interfacial and biological phenomena that dictate cell-material interactions. Several case studies will be presented including; biocompatibility in biomaterials, surface treatment, medical-device infections and bio-corrosion.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

1. Display a detailed knowledge of all relevant biotic and abiotic factors.

2. Describe in detail the fundamental interfacial and biological phenomena that dictate cell-material interactions.

3. Conduct detailed assignments in a variety of problem case-study areas for, inter alia, (i) biocompatibility in biomaterials, (ii) surface treatment, (iii) medical-device infections, and (iv) bio-corrosion.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities

70

Autonomous Student Learning

50

Lectures

24

Total

144

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures and assignments 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Class Test: Assessment 1 will be based on the lectures given prior to week 6. Week 6 n/a Graded No

30

Examination: End of term examination will be based on the case studies and reading material given during the term. 1 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No

40

Class Test: Assessment 2 will be based on the lectures given between week 6 and 12. Week 12 n/a Graded No

30


Carry forward of passed components
Yes
 
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

For a relatively small MEngSc class, it shall be possible to give some written feedback on assignments to all students individually (e.g., a few sentences, preferably with constructive criticisms and advice for future work). There can be the possibility of a brief meeting, if the student so wishes, and at the discretion of the lecturer/coordinator.

Name Role
Professor Eoin Casey Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Eoin Syron Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Dimitrios Zevgolis Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
 
Autumn
     
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 13:00 - 13:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Thurs 15:00 - 15:50
Autumn