Module title: Biotechnology for Sustainable Renewables

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MIC11112
Module leader: Halina Vaughan
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Microbiology & Drug Discovery
Prerequisites

n/a

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 tutorials. Lectures will include ‘activity blocks’ during which students will work in small groups to undertake exercises to develop skills in critical appraisal and evaluation (LO 1-5). In addition, this module will include some guest lectures by individuals working in relevant sectors. The module examines current developments in sustainable environmental biotechnology and includes critical analysis of relevant recent research publications. Some of the commercial, ethical and regulatory issues associated with current advances in renewables such as sustainable biofuel production will be examined (LO2; LO4).

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills
Key employability skills are embedded and assessed throughout the module – including critical and independent thinking and written skills. Students will be encouraged to express their own views on controversial issues in a safe classroom environment.


Research/ teaching linkages
This module addresses current developments in environmental and industrial biotechnology and includes critical analysis of relevant recent research publications. Research conducted within the School will be integrated into teaching material and assessment. Researchers and guests from industry will also be asked to contribute.

Formative Assessment:
Assessment includes formative and summative elements. The summative assessment will consist of two components; the first will take the form of a review focussed on recent developments and challenges facing the bio-renewable energy sector and will assess understanding of the discipline (LOs 1 & 2). Tutorial based debate exercises will allow formative assessment on this topic. The second assessment takes the form of an end-of-trimester examination which will assess LOs 1, 3, 4 & 5.


Summative Assessment:
Assessment includes formative and summative elements. The summative assessment will consist of two components; the first will take the form of a review focussed on recent developments and challenges facing the bio-renewable energy sector and will assess understanding of the discipline (LOs 1 & 2). Tutorial based debate exercises will allow formative assessment on this topic. The second assessment takes the form of an end-of-trimester examination which will assess LOs 1, 3, 4 & 5.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Tutorial 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 162
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 40 1,2,4 9 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 1-5 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Bio-refineries and biomass conversion to biofuels; focus on current and next-generation biofuel development e.g. butanol, biodiesel from microalgae and biogas and associated technologies; technical and commercial challenges facing biofuel development; Production of sustainable commodities -fine and bulk chemicals and biopolymers e.g. biosurfactants, bioplastics; developments in clean technologies e.g. biological enzymes, desulphurisation of fossil fuels and biorecovery e.g. metal leaching; sustainable bioprospecting for novel natural compounds.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Evaluate the role and application of microorganisms to the sustainable production of biofuels, biopolymers and other commodities.
LO2: Critically assess the key issues relating to the sustainable development and use of alternative bioenergy sources.
LO3: Critically appraise the feasibility of using clean biotechnologies and biorecovery processes.
LO4: Evaluate recent developments in the use of sustainable environmental biotechnology in real world applications.
LO5: Evaluate modern systematic bio-prospecting programmes and their contribution to relevant commodity markets.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Recommended - GOODFELLOW, M. AND FIEDLER, H-P. ANTONIE VAN LEEUWENHOEK (2010) : SPRINGER Vol. 98, 2010
LEE, J. W. (2013) ADVANCED BIOFUELS AND BIOPRODUCTS: SPRINGER LINK, 1st ed. - ISBN: 9781461433484
JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION: ELSEVIER
BIORESOURCE TECHNOLOGY: ELSEVIER
CURRENT OPINION IN BIOTECHNOLOGY: ELSEVIER
SRIRANGAN, K.; AKAWI, L.; MOO-YOUNG, M. AND CHOU, C. P. APPLIED ENERGY (2012) : ELSEVIER Vol. 100, 2012nd ed.
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