10 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: This course builds on the introductions to anatomy, physiology and cell and molecular biology at Level 1, and uses the principles learnt at that level to study the functioning of the musculoskeletal system in detail. The interactions between the various components (muscle, bone, tendon, joints and skin) of the musculoskeletal system are emphasised, with particular stress on the fact that biological systems do not exist in isolation. Engineering aspects of the musculoskeletal system are described, how cells respond to mechanical forces, how this is measured in the laboratory and how it can be exploited for tissue repair. The course uses published literature throughout during seminars and tutorials and as part of the on-line assessment.

Staff Contact: Dr G Reilly
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Materials Science and Engineering):

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Teaching methods and assessment displayed on this page are indicative for 2021-22. Students will be informed by the academic department of any changes made necessary by the ongoing pandemic.

Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK