Module title: Biotechnology - Industry & Environment [Hong Kong]

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

Module code: MIC10601
Module leader: Halina Vaughan
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Microbiology & Drug Discovery


2020/1, Trimester 2, Blended,
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: HONG KONG
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
Introductory Lectures and tutorial sessions together with study material provided by Moodle will cover LOs1-4. This will be supported by face-to-face lectures and tutorials delivered by local tutors, during which students work individually and in small groups to undertake exercises to develop skills in critical and independent thinking. The module addresses current developments in environmental and industrial biotechnology and includes critical analysis of relevant recent research publications. Some of the ethical and regulatory issues associated with current advances in biotechnology will be examined (LO4). Questioning is encouraged during face-to-face teaching in both lectures and tutorials, and on-line using the discussion boards.

Formative Assessment:
Tutorials will include elements of formative assessment. Students will receive formative feedback on data handling exercises prior to the summative class test. Feedback on the class test will inform the critical appraisal element which will usually take the form of an on-line discussion board

Summative Assessment:
The Industrial Case-study [2000 words in week 13] and data-handling and critical appraisal exercises [2500 words in week 7] 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 4
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Online Guided independent study 60
Independent Learning Guided independent study 124
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 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 processes; Biofuels; Environmental assessment monitoring and control; Bioprocess technology – fermentation technology, efficiency and kinetics; bioprospecting and screening for novel natural compounds; Commercialisation and regulation of biotechnology, e.g. IP, quality assurance, regulatory frameworks.

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 biotechnology1:

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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