Module Information

Module Identifier
BRM3720
Module Title
Bioconversion and Biorefining
Academic Year
2022/2023
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 1
Reading List
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 Biotechnology

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

Analyse 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 Bioconversion and Biorefining, 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, tutorials and a site visit to AberInnovation at Gogerddan (virtually or in person). Assessment will be via a report and a formal examination.

Content

The module typically consists of 1 x 2hr lecture per week with additional 2h tutorials including a site visit and chemometric data analysis interspersed throughout the module.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Subject Specific Skills Application of the principles underlying biorefining. Evaluation of the use of different technologies available to convert biomass feedstocks for bioenergy and products
Critical consideration of peer-reviewed articles used in assessed report. Analytical thinking required for problem solving in chemometric data analysis used within the report.
Tutorial group work - formal feedback provided
All lecturers are working with companies on a regular basis and will bring real world issues and considerations within and as the focus of their lectures
Use of computational resources, design of experiment, chemometric data analysis as part of the report incorporating a computer based practical
Tutorial presentation and group work - formal feedback provided
Development of personal skills - individual learning, time management etc. Directed independent study
Adapting knowledge to enable communication to different audiences.
Problem solving, chemometric data analysis as part of the report incorporating a computer based practical

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 7