STEM CELL AND TISSUE ENGINEERING Aims of AEM / Module Objectives This module aims to allow students to explore underlying ideas in cell biology, anatomy, developmental biology, transportation biology and functional genomics that leads to an appreciation of the issues concerning the use of stem cells and the promise of tissue engineering. Learning Outcomes At the end of the module, students will be able to :
Identify relevant ethical issues involved in real situations of stem cell and tissue engineering developments.
Recognize current limitations of existing technology.
Apply creativity and intellectual curiosity to explore beyond content knowledge in order to respond to scenarios in problem.
Appreciate the practical applications of cell culture.
Description of AEM This module will be offered in a series of interactive sessions where students will explore underlying ideas in cell biology, anatomy, developmental biology, transplantation biology and functional genomics that lead to an appreciation of the issues concerning the use of stem cells and the promise of tissue engineering. Generally, tissue and organ loss are treated by transplantation of an organ from a donor, through surgical reconstruction, or through the use of a mechanical-type substitute. Ultimately, the ideal treatments involve regenerating or repairing the organ or tissue. What is the limit of exiting technology? Why are there ethical concerns? Where is the cutting edge where one should expect the next breakthroughs? Students will be given “triggers” or “challenges”, and encouraged to exercise their creativity and resourcefulness to respond to real situations. Situations will be presented to elicit responses where students set their own limit to their exploration.
The stem cell and tissue engineering enterprise.
The edge between living and non-living systems.
Teaching & Learning Approach (es) This module will be conducted using Problem-based Learning. Students will be required to work in teams of 5 to solve a trigger describing a ‘real’ scenario with no fixed answer. Students are given 1 day to work on the problem. The facilitator will guide the groups during initial brainstorming sessions and group discussions. Thereafter, students will be encouraged to carry out individual research and team discussions to further explore ideas of interest to him and of relevance to the problem. The facilitator will be available to groups for guidance when the need arises.
Completion Criteria Students will be deemed to have successfully completed the module if : They obtain a minimum passing mark of 50% (i.e. an overall grade of D and above) They obtain a minimum of 80% attendance for the module. Assessment Objectives & Scheme Daily grades and qualitative feedback will be given to each student for each problem. Grading will be based on class participation, team presentations, understanding of key Concepts and ideas in the problem as well as observations about students’ learning attitudes, behaviour, responses and how they communicate with one another.
Faqs for stem cell & tissue engineering Q : Are there lab sessions for the Stem Cell and Tissue Culture AEM? No, there are no lab sessions for this module. We do have ‘dry lab’ activities in the module, where students will have a chance to practice observation skills And have some difference kind of ‘hands on’ activities. Q : Will students be bored during the AEM if there are no lab sessions ? Our AEM is carried out using a problem-based learning approach and is in itself Very ‘hands on’ with no passive learning designed into it. All our lessons are Student-centered and have an element of a ‘science practical’ in them as they are. Q : Do students need to have biology background before they can take this AEM? No.