ACADEMICS

PG Programs
BIEN 5001 Responsible Conduct of Biomedical and Biotechnology Research - 3-0-0:3
Co-list with
LIFS 5001
Exclusion(s)
LIFS 5001
Background
Some knowledge of general biology concepts, equivalent to introductory biology at the undergraduate level
Description
This course will present some of the most common ethical issues encountered in biomedical research and biotechnology. Students will engage in active discussion to provide deeper understanding of each issue. The objective of this course is to raise awareness of the ethical issues around biomedical/bioengineering research, and encourage critical and responsible consideration of research conduct. Topics covered will fall into three categories: 1) Research integrity, 2) Applied ethics in biological research and biotechnology, and 3) Contemporary ethical issues arisen from emerging biotechnologies. Graded P or F.
Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • 1.
    Describe potential important ethical issues that biomedical researchers may face in their careers.
  • 2.
    When presented with a case or specific scenario, identify the explicit or potential ethical issues, arguments, and perspectives arising from the case or scenario.
  • 3.
    Critically analyze and evaluate ethical issues revolving around contemporary biomedical/life science research in a contextual manner, and form and justify their own position on these ethical issues.
  • 4.
    Recall and describe key principles, policies, and regulations relevant to the ethical and responsible conduct of research (e.g. Nuremberg Code).
  • 5.
    Identify administrative or other resources on campus that researchers can access to seek assistance with ethical issues they may be facing.
  • 6.
    Communicate and present ideas to others in a clear and critical manner about complex issues, both in presentation and written format.
  • 7.
    Engage in open and thoughtful discussions with peers on complex ethical issues.
BIEN 5010 Molecular Biology for Bioengineering - 3-0-0:3
Previous Course Code(s)
BIEN 501
Description
The course introduces the basics of cell biology, molecular biology techniques, and discusses the principles of macromolecular interactions in those contexts. We will also discuss various applications of these techniques and how combined with engineering concepts, they have contributed to innovations and breakthrough tools in the world of basic research and medicine. Topics to cover include: overview of basic molecular biology and macromolecular interactions; basic biophysical structures, imaging and characterization techniques; molecular engineering; biodevices; and genomics. Active student discussion is required and students will also do a final project team presentation on a current bioengineering topic.
Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • 1.
    Describe the central dogma of molecular biology, and be able to recall the various molecular components (molecules, proteins/enzymes) involved in the components of the central dogma. Describe their main physical features and select appropriate tools/techniques for characterizing them.
  • 2.
    Explain the mechanisms and functions of basic molecular biology assays, including PCR, qPCR, gel electrophoresis, molecular cloning, protein separation and purification; be able to analyze and interpret results of above assays.
  • 3.
    Compare different types of imaging tools, and describe their usage and importance in modern biotechnology/medicine.
  • 4.
    Explain what a stem cell is, and compare differences between embryonic stem cells, fetal stem cells, adult stem cells, and induced pluripotent cells; recall modern applications of stem cell therapies, and explain the mechanism of action for these therapies; describe current major challenges in using stem cell therapies in the clinic.
  • 5.
    Explain and critique recent breakthroughs in molecular biology and bioengineering fields, including those outside your research area; be able to suggest potential applications of these new technologies to a relevant clinical challenge.
  • 6.
    Present and discuss the taught ideas and concepts with peers with clarity and evidence-based reasoning; collaborate with team mates with positive attitude and strong work ethic in a group project setting.
BIEN 5040 Introduction to Neural Engineering - 3-0-0:3
Previous Course Code(s)
BIEN 504
Exclusion(s)
CENG 600Q
Description
This course will provide a survey of Neuroscience and Neuroengineering research areas to provide our research postgraduate students a broad appreciation of interdisciplinary research in context. The course aims to help student recognize and understand how knowledge from science and engineering interface in this interdisciplinary application. Concepts such as neural interfacing and neural prosthesis will be introduced so that students can understand the impact of the latest technologies. The course will enhance the vision of the students and encourage them to work in future inter-disciplinary research fields.
Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • 1.
    Obtain a holistic view of systems neuroscience fundamentals and methods.
  • 2.
    Recognize the neuroanatomy and understand the basic functions.
  • 3.
    Write a literature review on a topic within systems neuroscience.
  • 4.
    Explain basic neural coding theory and computation method.
  • 5.
    Enhance the knowledge in related area, such as neural engineering.
BIEN 5050 Global Health Ethics - 2-1-0:3
Previous Course Code(s)
BIEN 6930A
Description
Through real-time videoconferencing with participants from different countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Mexico, and Philippines, this ONLINE course aims at helping students learn the definitions of global health ethics and bioethics, the different protocol and systems in place to ensure adherence to ethical principles, and how different stakeholders and cultures may interpret ethics differently. Through case studies on ethical challenges from real-world situations, students will analyze and discuss the complexities of global health practice and research ethics in a global context. This course is co-offered with the University of Southern California. Besides the joint LIVE sessions, face-to-face sessions and group projects are also arranged for the introduction of background knowledge, case studies, group project discussion, and technical support.
Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • 1.
    Articulate the important ethical considerations of biomedical research, basic and clinical, involving human subjects.
  • 2.
    Outline the unique ethical and social implications of conducting such research in developing countries of different economic status.
  • 3.
    Identify key trends and emerging issues in global health ethics.
  • 4.
    Analyze situations of ethical challenges in global health practice and research from diverse perspectives.
  • 5.
    Appreciate the role culture and religion play in the development of a sense of right and wrong and views on ethics and how protocol fitting to the local context can be justified
  • 6.
    Describe best practices in ethical health research and practice to protect human subjects and their legal right
BIEN 5820 Microfluidics and Biosensors - 3-0-0:3
Co-list with
ELEC 5820
Exclusion(s)
ELEC 5820
Description
Introduction to Microfluidics and Biosensors; Overview of microfabrication materials & techniques; microfluidic principles; miniaturized biosensors; micro total analysis system (µTAS) & lab-on-a-chip (LOC) for clinical and research applications.
Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • 1.
    Describe core concepts in the field of Microfluidics & Biosensors.
  • 2.
    Describe trends and motivations in the field of Microfluidics & Biosensors.
  • 3.
    Analyze/critique research articles in the field of Microfluidics & Biosensors.
  • 4.
    Formulate a potential solution for a clinical problem using Microfluidics & Biosensors.
BIEN 6770 Professional Development in Bioengineering - 0-1-0:1
Description
This one-credit course aims at providing research postgraduate students with basic training in teaching skills, research management, career development, and related professional skills. This course consists of a number of mini-workshops and seminars. Some department-specific workshops/seminars will be coordinated by Bioengineering Program. Graded PP, P or F.
BIEN 6800 - Bioengineering Seminar - 0-1-0:0
Previous Course Code(s)
BIEN 680
Description
Seminar topics presented by students, faculty and guest speakers. Students are expected to attend regularly and demonstrate proficiency in their seminar presentation in accordance with the program requirements. Graded P or F.
Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • 1.
    Identify current research of interest in various topics of bioengineering.
  • 2.
    Obtain insights to how peer researchers design and conduct experiments.
  • 3.
    Gain opportunities to make academic and social contacts with the speakers and with research community.
  • 4.
    Demonstrate proficiency in presentation of research outcome coherently and thoroughly (as presenters).
BIEN 6910-6940 Special Topics in Bioengineering - 1-4 credit(s)
Previous Course Code(s)
BIEN 691-694
Description
Selected topics of current interest. May be repeated for credit if different topics are covered.
Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • 1.
    To demonstrate a capability to integrate knowledge and to analyse, evaluate and manage the different aspects of a special topic in bioengineering.
BIEN 6990 MPhil Thesis Research
Previous Course Code(s)
BIEN 699
Description
Master's thesis research supervised by a faculty member. A successful defense of the thesis leads to the grade Pass. No course credit is assigned.
Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • 1.
    To demonstrate a capability to research and development work.
  • 2.
    To demonstrate the capability to create, analyse and critically evaluate different technical solutions.
  • 3.
    To demonstrate the capability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge.
  • 4.
    To demonstrate the capability to clearly present and discuss the conclusions as well as the knowledge and arguments that form the basis for these findings in written and spoken English.
  • 5.
    To demonstrate a consciousness of the ethical aspects of research and development work.
BIEN 7990 Doctoral Thesis Research
Previous Course Code(s)
BIEN 799
Description
Original and independent doctoral thesis research. A successful defense of the thesis leads to the grade Pass. No course credit is assigned.
Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • 1.
    To demonstrate a capability to research and development work
  • 2.
    To demonstrate the capability to create, analyse and critically evaluate different technical solutions.
  • 3.
    To demonstrate the capability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge.
  • 4.
    To demonstrate the capability to clearly present and discuss the conclusions as well as the knowledge and arguments that form the basis for these findings in written and spoken English.
  • 5.
    To demonstrate a consciousness of the ethical aspects of research and development work.