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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Industrial Bioprocessing
Module Code BE401
School School of Biotechnology
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Linda Holland
Semester 2: Linda Holland
Autumn: Linda Holland
Module TeachersPaula Meleady
Brian Freeland
Denise Harold
Linda Holland
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

In this module, the student will be introduced to Industrial Bioprocessing and in particular to the associated areas of microbiology and brewing.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the important role microorganisms play in Industrial Microbiology
2. Understand the methodologies for detecting and identifying microorganisms
3. Understand the major steps in the production of various beer types from ingredient selection to fermentation to bottling/kegging.
4. Understand the role of instrumentation and automation in modern brewing processes.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Independent Study101No 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

Microbes in industry
The role of microbes in Industrial Bioprocessing, production strains and improvement strategies, choosing the correct microbial host system for recombinant protein technology, how to find a novel production microbe

Antimicrobial resistance and drug discovery
History of AMR, case study to demonstrate how a drug is manufactured, new methods to discover novel drugs

Brewing Microbiology
Role of microorganisms in brewing

Production of beer
Ingredients selection, mashing, lautering, boiling, fermentation, conditioning, filtering and bottling/kegging.

Craft beers and mass-produced beers
The role of automation

Production of whiskey wash
Blended and single malt whiskeys

Principles of distillation:
The Rayleigh equation, large scale production of alcohol. The craft of whiskey production.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment20% Examination Weight80%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Loop QuizTwo MCQ exams worth 20% each based on module content40%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 1
Indicative Reading List

  • 0: Reading material will be recommended during lectures,
Other Resources

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Date of Last Revision01-OCT-08

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