Module code: ENG3203

Module Overview

The scope of this module is to introduce a biochemical and bioprocess engineering approach to diagnosis and treatment of a variety of medical conditions. It is aimed to provide students with global and systematic knowledge on procedures and techniques that will enable them to design, optimise and control a wide range of medical processes including the design of cellular therapies.

Module provider

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Module Leader

VELLIOU Eirini (Chm Proc Eng)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 105

Lecture Hours: 33

Tutorial Hours: 12

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Any engineering based UG background

Module content

Indicative content includes:

-Introduction to basic biology


-Tissue engineering modules (including case studies on specific diseases)

-Environmental stress & Tissue engineering (a bioprocess engineering approach)

-Metabolomics and Metabolic Engineering

-Pharmacokinetics/Pharmacodynamics theory & modelling for drug delivery (including specific case studies)

-Design of cellular therapies

-An overview of ethical considerations regarding tissue engineering and regenerative medicine applications

-Seminars by invited speakers with relevant biomedical engineering background

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and analytical skills over the full range of module material and to encourage progressive learning.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Coursework – 30%, (LO1-4)

  • Examination – 70%, 2 hours, two sections, (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5, LO6)

Formative assessment and feedback

  • Formative verbal feedback is given in tutorials/labs.

  • Formative tests (multiple choice/ true false questions) is being given during lectures written and verbal feedback is given on those tests.

  • Written feedback is provided for coursework and assessments.

Module aims

  • An appreciation of biological/biomaterial engineering approaches in tissue and biomedical engineering.
  • An awareness of the special issues surrounding biological/tissue engineeting and their effective integration into solving biomedical engineering problems.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Appreciate the bioprocess and tissue engineering principles, methodologies and challenges (SM1b, SM3b, D6, D2, P2) KC
002 Confidently apply bioprocess engineering techniques to solve/ and analyse both simple and more complex biomedical & tissue engineering problems and processes (SM3b, EA1b, D6, D2, P2) KC
003 Through studying a number of biomedical/ tissue engineering processes develop performance targets for such system designs knowing the capabilities and shortcomings of existing technologies (D2, P1, P2) KCP
004 Appreciate the advantages and inherent process limitations of biomedical engineering processes (D2, EL1, EL6, P7) KC
005 Analyse the way particular biomedical and tissue engineering processes are effectively integrated with respect to the maintenance of product quality, operational safety, environmental impact and financial viability (SM3b, D2, EL1, EL6, P1, P2, P7) KC

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • Take students logically through the challenging material associated with the analysis of bioprocess and tissue engineering systems

  • To ensure a logical and progressive learning experience

  • To allow students to practice their skills on a series of real lab/tutorial problems in a supportive environment (laboratories of Engineering for Health) and in doing so prepare students for the analysis required in the Multidisciplinary Design project (ENGM001)

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures                                 3 hours per week for 11 weeks

  • Lab based tutorials                 1 hour per week for 12 weeks (average)

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Biomedical Engineering BEng (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biomedical Engineering MEng 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.