|Assessment length / details
|Report 1 Report 1 2000 Words
|Report 2 Report 2 1500 Words
|3 Hours 3 hour unseen written examination
|Resit report 1 Resit Report 1 2000 Words
|Resit report 2 Resit report 2 1500 Words
|3 Hours 3 hour unseen written examination Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Critically evaluate the challenge of substituting petrochemicals with sustainable alternatives.
Evaluate the relative limitations and merits of different microbial biotechnology and fermentation technologies
Analyse the social and societal issues associated with the application (and non-application) of different biotechnology options, and evaluate these processes via life cycle analysis (LCA)
Communicate scientific issues to both the scientific community and other stakeholders including policy makers and the public
Demonstrate a detailed fundamental and practical knowledge of Biorefining and Biotechnology
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 two linked reports submitted within the semester and a formal examination. Lecture topics include the following: Biomass pretreatments and upsteream processing; matching feedstock to end use; enzyme discovery; separation technologies; design and construction of an integrated biorefinery; anaerobic digestion; thermochemical conversion; life cycle analysis.
2 Evaluate the relative limitations and merits of different microbial biotechnology and fermentation technologies
3 Analyse the social and societal issues associated with the application (and non-application) of different biotechnology options, and evaluate these processes via life cycle analysis
4 Communicate scientific issues to both the scientific community and other stakeholders including policy makers and the public
5 Demonstrate a detailed fundamental and practical knowledge of Biorefining and Biotechnology
The module typically consists of 1 x 2hr lecture per week with additional 2h tutorials including a site visit and data analysis interspersed throughout the module.
|Adaptability and resilience
|Adapting knowledge to enable communication to different audiences.
|Co-ordinating with others
|Tutorial group work - formal feedback provided
|Creative Problem Solving
|Problem solving, data analysis as part of tutorials
|Critical and analytical thinking
|Critical consideration of peer-reviewed articles used in assessed reports. Analytical thinking required for problem solving in data analysis used within tutorials.
|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
|Real world sense
|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
|Development of personal skills - individual learning, time management etc. Directed independent study
|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
This module is at CQFW Level 7