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BIO3103 Applications in Human Tissue Engineering

Semester 1, 2021 External
Short Description: Applications Human Tissue Eng
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 069999 - Health not elsewhere classifie
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Stuart Ellem


Pre-requisite: BIO2220
Co-requisite: BIO3102


Tissue engineering is an innovative clinical intervention and field of research whereby human cells are cultured outside of the body on a bioscaffold prior to being implanted in or on the body to replace a diseased or injured body part. The process of culturing cells exposes students to a range of cutting edge molecular and cell biology techniques and as well as inspiring their creativity in the 3D print design of their chosen bioscaffold.


Applications in Human Tissue Engineering is a capstone course that enables students to apply the theoretical knowledge of the biomedical sciences that they have gained in their previous courses in a mini-research project. The course will also equip students with the practical skills that are relevant to the workplace or a higher degree in research.

This course contains a mandatory residential school.


On the completion of this course the student should be able to:

  1. Apply skills and knowledge required to perform laboratory experiments safely with appropriate equipment, including molecular methods and apparatus, computer software and hardware for data acquisition and analysis;
  2. Employ advancing literature retrieval and academic skills to prepare a professional research literature review and laboratory research report;
  3. Evaluate the ethical issues associated with biomedical science research and its clinical applications.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Clinical and biomedical science research ethics 25.00
2. Literature retrieval approaches and critical analysis of research articles 15.00
3. Technical and quantitative skills in cell and molecular biology 30.00
4. Data generation, analysis and written presentation 30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Hall, H.E 2021, Guyton and Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology, 14th edn, Saunders/Elsevier, Philadelphia PA.
(*this textbook is freely available to students online through the USQ Library using USQ credentials •!/browse/book/3-s2.0-C20170004883.).)
Kumar V., Abbas A.K. & Fausto, N., 2020, Robbins and Cotran: pathologic basis of disease, 10th edn, Elsevier Saunders, Philadelphia.
(*this textbook is freely available to students online through the USQ Library using USQ credentials.)
Other suitable references will be cited in the study materials and links available through StudyDesk.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 20.00
Private Study 105.00
Residential Schools 40.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Mini-literature review 20 20 22 Mar 2021 2,3 (see note 1)
Completed laboratory workbook 20 20 26 Apr 2021 1,3 (see note 2)
Laboratory Report 60 60 04 Jun 2021 1,2,3 (see note 3)

  1. The examiner will advise the requirements for the assignments.
  2. The examiner will advise the requirements for the assignments.
  3. The examiner will advise the requirements for the assignments.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend the mandatory residential school. The residential school delivers the practical component for the semester, students must attend and actively participate in the laboratory sessions in the course and maintain a satisfactory record of practical work. It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for the Laboratory Report and at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. As part of the mandatory residential school, students may be expected to complete a combination of laboratories, practical classes and assessment as advised by the course examiner.

  2. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

  3. Students should be aware that the originality of any submitted assignment will be checked by the USQ service, "Turnitin". An originality index must be generated and will be checked - an acceptable Turnitin similarity index is <15%.

Other requirements

  1. In order to attend laboratory classes, students must provide and wear appropriate personal protective equipment. This shall include a laboratory coat, closed in shoes, and safety glasses. Such equipment must be approved by supervising staff. Failure to provide and wear the appropriate safety equipment will result in students being excluded from classes.

    The dates and location of the mandatory residential school are available from the Residential School Timetable (

Date printed 18 June 2021