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MSc SIS Edinburgh Course - Bio-Inspired Engineering PHYS4064

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Physics and Astronomy
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The following topics will be covered:

1.How and why biology can inspire engineers

2.The fundamental building blocks of life

3.Synthetic biomolecular nanostructures and their applications

4.Energy, forces and electricity in biology

5.Bio-inspired computers and robots

6.Apparatus for biological experiments

7.Biomanufacturing

8.Safety and ethics

9.Current research in this area in the School of Engineering (non-examinable) to be delivered by active researchers.

Timetable

None

Requirements of Entry

None

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

PHYS5044 Fundamentals of Sensing

Assessment

None

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Edinburgh University does not provide resit examinations for MSc students. In cases where an assessment is affect by reasons of good cause a revised mark, based on other completed assessments, may be substituted.

Course Aims

The course aims to explore how inspiration can be drawn from biological molecules and systems for the development of new technologies. Students will learn about the fundamental building blocks of life, encounter examples of bio-inspired structures and devices, and analyse the technologies critically using mathematical or computation tools as appropriate. In the coursework assignment students will use their new-found knowledge to design a novel solution to a problem.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

The course aims to explore how inspiration can be drawn from biological molecules and systems for the development of new technologies. Students will learn about the fundamental building blocks of life, encounter examples of bio-inspired structures and devices, and analyse the technologies critically using mathematical or computation tools as appropriate. In the coursework assignment students will use their new-found knowledge to design a novel solution to a problem.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.