Module title: Biotechnology - Industry and Environment

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MIC10102
Module leader: Halina Vaughan
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Microbiology & Drug Discovery
Prerequisites

MIC09102 Environmental Microbiology

2018/9, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Halina Vaughan
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
This module will be delivered through a combination of lectures and supporting tutorials. Lectures include ‘activity blocks’ during which students work in small groups to undertake exercises to develop skills in critical and independent thinking (LOs 1-4). The module addresses current developments in environmental and industrial biotechnology and includes critical analysis of relevant recent research publications. Some of the ethical, sustainability and regulatory issues associated with current advances in biotechnology will be examined (LO 4).

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
Key employability skills are embedded and assessed – including data analysis, oral presentations, and critical and independent thinking.

Research / teaching linkages
This module addresses current developments in environmental and industrial biotechnology and includes critical analysis of relevant recent research publications. Relevant research conducted within the School (e.g. in the areas of bioremediation, biosensor development and biofuels) will be included.

Supporting equality and diversity
Material used in delivering this module will be provided on the VLE [Moodle], ensuring access for all students.

Internationalisation
This module addresses current developments of national and global relevance in the areas of environmental and industrial biotechnology.


Formative Assessment:
Assessment (formative or summative)
Assessment includes formative and summative elements. Students will receive instant feedback on the oral presentations, which they must incorporate into the critical reflection. Tutorials will include elements of formative assessment. Case-study and data-handling exercises will assess understanding of the discipline in addition to some key employability skills.



Summative Assessment:
Assessment (formative or summative)
Assessment includes formative and summative elements. Students will receive instant feedback on the oral presentations, which they must incorporate into the critical reflection. Tutorials will include elements of formative assessment. Case-study and data-handling exercises will assess understanding of the discipline in addition to some key employability skills.



Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 27
Face To Face Tutorial 6
Independent Learning Guided independent study 167
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Practical Skills Assessment 60 1,2 7 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Report 40 2,3,4 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Environmental bioremediation; polymer degradation; biosurfactant production and application; Biofuels; Environmental monitoring and control; Bioprocess technology – fermentation technology, efficiency and kinetics; Commercialisation and regulation of biotechnology, e.g. IP, quality assurance, EU directives

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Connect the factors that influence output and the efficiency of product formation in industrial scale bioprocesses to the design and operation of particular bioprocesses and the nature of the biological entity/entities involved.
LO2: Extract core issues in the use of microorganisms for environmental remediation and biofuel production.
LO3: Appraise strategies for environmental monitoring and control.
LO4: Critically reflect on regulatory and ethical issues related to environmental and industrial biotechnology.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - JOURNAL OF BIOTECHNOLOGY: ELSEVIER
Core - WATER RESEARCH: ELSEVIER
Core - JOURNAL OF MICROBIOLOGICAL METHODS: ELSEVIER
Core - BIOTECHNOLOGY ADVANCES: ELSEVIER
Core - WILLIAMS, J. A. CEP (2002) : AICHE Vol. 3, 0
Recommended - CURRENT OPINION IN BIOTECHNOLOGY
Recommended - TRENDS IN BIOTECHNOLOGY: ELSEVIER
WANG, L. K.; IVANOV, V.; TAY, J-H. AND HUNG, Y-T. (2010) ENVIRONMENTAL BIOTECHNOLOGY : SPRINGER LINK Vol. 10, 1st ed.
DEMAIN, A. L.; DAVIES, J. E. AND ATLAS, R. M. (1999) MANUAL OF INDUSTRIAL MICROBIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY: ASM PRESS, 2nd ed.
APPLIED AND ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY
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