Developing research competencies through a project-based tissue-engineering module in the biomedical engineering undergraduate curriculum

Wallen, M. and Pandit, A. (2009) Developing research competencies through a project-based tissue-engineering module in the biomedical engineering undergraduate curriculum. [Conference Proceedings]

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In addressing the task of developing an undergraduate module in the field of tissue engineering, the greatest challenge lies in managing to capture what is a growing and rapidly changing field. Acknowledging the call for the development of greater critical thinking and interpersonal skills among the next generation of engineers as well as encouraging students to engage actively with the dynamic nature of research in the field, the module was developed to include both project-based and cooperative-learning experiences. These learning activities include developing hypotheses for the application of newly introduced laboratory procedures, a collaborative mock grant submission, and debates on ethical issues in which students are assigned roles as various stakeholders. Feedback from module evaluations has indicated that, while students find the expectations challenging, they are able to gain an advanced insight into a dynamic field. More importantly, students develop research competencies by engaging in activities that require them to link current research directions with their own development of hypotheses for future tissue-engineering applications.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Additional Information: Cited By :1; Export Date: 23 February 2015; CODEN: PIHME; Correspondence Address: Pandit, A.; Network for Excellence for Functional Biomaterials, National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland; email:; References: Langer, R., Vacanti, J.P., Tissue engineering (1993) Science, 260, pp. 920-926; Felder, R., Woods, D., Stice, J., Rugarcia, A., The future of engineering education II: Teaching methods that work (2000) Chem. Engng Education, 34 (1), pp. 26-39; Ditcher, A., Effective teaching and learning in higher education, with particular reference to the undergraduate education of professional engineers (2001) Int. J. Engng Education, 17 (1), pp. 24-29; Felder, R., Silverman, L., (1988) Learning and teaching styles in engineering education, 78 (7), pp. 674-681. , Engng Education; Shuman, L., Besterfield-Sacre, M., McGourty, J., ABET 'professional skills' - Can they be taught? Can they be assessed? (2005) J. Engng Education, 94 (1), pp. 41-56; Johnson, A., Problem-based cooperative learning in the engineering classroom (1999) J. Prof. Issues Engng Education Practice, 125 (1), pp. 8-11
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