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Biomedical Engineering: Design of Tissue-Engineered Materials

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Course DatesWeeksMeeting TimesStatusInstructor(s)CRN
June 18, 2014 - July 08, 20143OnlineOpenKaren Haberstroh10688

Course Description

Are you passionate about innovative approaches to improving human health? Biomedical engineers apply principles of biology, medicine, and science, along with problem-solving skills and critical thinking, to a broad spectrum of problems, from designing regenerative medicine and new methods of drug delivery to micro-devices and gene therapy.

In this course, you will explore how tissue engineering applies math and science fundamentals to the development of replacement cells, tissues, and organs -- for example, to design, grow, and build the optimal artificial heart. You will:

* Formulate solutions to biologically-relevant problems
* Explore the importance of mechanical and material properties in replacement tissue design
* Apply fundamental biology, physiology, and math principles to analyzing the effectiveness of potential tissue-engineered materials
* Interpret data from experiments involving natural and tissue-engineered materials to improve tissue-engineered designs
* Consider the societal implications of decisions relating to the ethical design of tissue-engineered materials.

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Coursework requirements: This course requires approximately 10 hours of coursework per week.

Prerequisite: high-school algebra and trigonometry; high-school physics and chemistry are recommended

Recommended prerequisite course: Exploring Engineering

You will need the following to participate in this online course:
• Computer with internet access and browser
• Headphones or speakers
• Adobe Flash Player
• Smartphone with camera, digital camera, or scanner (some assignments require students to upload photos, sketches, or graphs to the course website)

Course Fee: $885

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Looking for other online Engineering courses? Check out: Materials Engineering: Using Nanotechnology to Design a Space Elevator; Renewable Energy: Wind Turbine Design.

You might also be interested in: Engineering Biomedical Systems (on campus course), Introduction to Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering (on campus course), Techniques in DNA-Based Biotechnology (on campus course)