BE6061 - Fundamentals of Biotechnology (2021/22)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2021/22|
|Module title||Fundamentals of Biotechnology|
|Module level||Honours (06)|
|Credit rating for module||15|
|School||School of Human Sciences|
|Total study hours||150|
|Running in 2021/22(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)||
This module will provide students with an understanding of principles, basics and applications of biotechnology. The emphasis is on microbial cultivation and their applications in pharmaceutical, food and agriculture sectors. In addition, students will gain in-depth skills in practicing some biotechnology tools.
The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications).This module will provide essential knowledge of application in microorganisms in biotechnology. The students’ will have the opportunity to evaluate and appraise technological developments, upstream and downstream application of biotechnology processes and procedures. Module material will provide critical evaluation of research and development in a biotechnology industrial/commercial context. This module aims to provide students with the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring: the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility; decision-making in complex and unpredictable contexts; and, the learning ability needed to undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature.
Introduction to biotechnology including traditional applications of biotechnology, basic and advanced molecular biotechnology, fermentation technology, microbial cultivation, bioreactors and mode of operation, upstream and downstream processing, scale up biotechnology process, plant & animal biotechnology, GM foods, enzymes in biotechnology and environmental biotechnology.
Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity
Students will be provided with the opportunity to acquire knowledge of the subject matter through a variety of teacher led activities and self-directed study. Students’ knowledge and understanding of ‘Microbial Biotechnology’ will be developed through a programme of lectures, tutorial and supporting practical exercises. Students' ability to handle and interpret information will be encouraged through these laboratory based investigations, most taken over two weeks, and the guided use of expected directed reading of additional literature on the subject, video material and other learning resources.
Lectures will be used to provide a conceptual framework. Student centred assignments, including research for writing the essay will enable students to reinforce and expand their knowledge and develop subject skills.
Self-managed time and private study should be spread out over the whole year and not left until the final weeks, however, opportunities for Self-directed revision have also been provided within the program.
On completion of this module students carry out an evaluation of how the module allowed them to develop skills such as information technology, organisational skills, team building, communication, time management, and working under pressure.
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Evaluate methods of gene manipulation in microorganisms.
2. Critically evaluate protocols used for microbial cultivation and culture scale up.
3. Demonstrate theoretical and conceptual understanding of applications of microbial biotechnology and analyse contributions of biotechnology in food and non-food applications
This module will be summatively assessed by an exam at the end the semester and a coursework on topic (s) related to microbial biotechnology and its applications
To pass the module, students need to achieve a minimum aggregate mark of 40%. If the module is passed on reassessment, then the maximum mark awarded will be 40%.