Module title: Biotechnology – Industry & Environment (Sri Lanka)

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

Module code: MIC10802
Module leader: Fiona Stainsby
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Microbiology & Drug Discovery


2020/1, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: SRI LANKA
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Fiona Stainsby
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
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).

Formative Assessment:
Tutorials will include elements of formative assessment. Students will receive instant verbal formative feedback on data handling exercises prior to the summative class test and on aspects of the case report.

Summative Assessment:
Case-study and data-handling exercises will assess understanding of the discipline
and recent advances, and data interpretation and critical thinking 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

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

Description of module content:

Environmental bioremediation; environmental monitoring and control, bioprocess technology – fermentation design, technology and kinetics; biodegradation and biorenewables e.g. polymer degradation, biosurfactant production and application, biofuels; commercial and regulatory aspects of biotechnology, e.g. IPR, quality assurance, environmental sustainability.

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 remediation, monitoring and control.

LO4: Critically reflect on commercial, regulatory and ethical issues related to environmental and industrial biotechnology.

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