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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Applied Bioprocessing laboratory
Module Code BE317
School School of Biotechnology
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Federico Cerrone
Semester 2: Federico Cerrone
Autumn: Federico Cerrone
Module TeachersBrian Freeland
Denise Harold
Federico Cerrone
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module will give students experience and skills with developing and running industrially relevant Up-stream and Down-stream bioprocesses, including using bench-scale bioreactors, process analytical tools and analytical separation techniques. Students will build upon their bioprocessing knowledge gained from BE214, BE215 and BE322.

Learning Outcomes

1. To carry out a microbial fermentation on a bench-scale bioreactor, perform standard off-line analysis and also calculate the oxygen consumption rate and volumetric mass transfer coefficient.
2. To understand and implement process analytical tools to monitor a microbial bioprocess and evaluate its effectiveness and relevance to industry.
3. To use experimental data and computer programming skills to simulate volumetric oxygen transfer values from the experimental bioprocess.
4. To construct a mathematical mass balance equation for the off-gas oxygen and carbon dioxide rates in an experimental bioprocess.
5. To construct a 6-page report in the format of a scientific paper.
6. To work in groups, assign individual roles during the experiment day, schedule tasks, schedule sample taking and analysis. To prepare a group scientific presentation and respond to group viva.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Laboratory22Full day laboratory sessions carried out in a 2-wek block during semester.
Independent Study103No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Loop QuizLoop quiz used for pre labs10%n/a
Group presentationGroup presentation and q&a based on labs30%n/a
Report(s)Scientific report based on labs30%n/a
Reflective journalReflection journal and skills video upload30%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 2
Indicative Reading List

  • Pauline M. Doran: 0, Bioprocess Engineering Principles, Second Edition, 978-0-12-2208
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BPBSc in Bioprocessing

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