Module Information

Module Identifier
BRM3720
Module Title
Microbial Biotechnology
Academic Year
2016/2017
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 1
External Examiners
  • Professor Richard J Murphy (Professor - University of Surrey)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 3500 word report  Report incorporating a computer based practical  50%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   3 hour unseen written examination  50%
Supplementary Assessment Report incorporating a computer based practical  Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  50%
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   3 hour unseen written examination  Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Critically evaluate the challenge of substituting petrochemicals with sustainable alternatives. Demonstrate a detailed fundamental and practical knowledge of Biorefining and Biogeoegineering

Evaluate the relative limitations and merits of different Microbial biotechnology & fermentation technologies

Assess the social and societal issues associated with the application (and non-application) of different biotechnology options, and evaluate these processes via LCA

Communicate scientific issues to both the scientific community and other stakeholders including policy makers and the public

Brief description

The module will include an overall introduction to Microbial Biotechnology, a series of lectures detailing the scale of the challenge in the transition to a low carbon future, and detailing current and emerging technologies. The course will be taught via a series of lectures, computer-based data analysis, and visits. Assessment will be via a report incorporating the computer based practical exercise, and a formal examination.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Problem solving, chemometric data analysis as part of the report incorporating a computer based practical
Communication Tutorial presentation and group work - formal feedback provided
Improving own Learning and Performance Directed independent study
Information Technology Use of computational resources, design of experiment, chemometric data analysis as part of the report incorporating a computer based practical
Personal Development and Career planning Development of personal skills - individual learning, time management etc
Problem solving Computer based practical
Research skills Research for the assessed report
Subject Specific Skills Application of the princibles underlying biorefining. Evaluation of the use of different technologies available to convert biomass feedstocks for bioenergy and products
Team work Tutorial group work - formal feedback provided

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 7