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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Animal Cell Biotechnology
Module Code BE435
School School of Biotechnology
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Naomi Walsh
Semester 2: Naomi Walsh
Autumn: Naomi Walsh
Module TeachersPaul Leonard
Paula Meleady
Phil Cummins
Christine Loscher
Naomi Walsh
Denise Harold
Linda Holland
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

To provide the student with an overview of modern research and industrial applications of animal cell biology To provide an appreciation of the applications of animal cell culture and related technologies and their applications in industry, research and medicine.

Learning Outcomes

1. Evaluate the techniques underlying Animal Cell Biotechnology
2. Discuss the application of animal cell biotechnology in commercial production of vaccines, monoclonal antibodies, and other biopharmaceuticals
3. Evaluate methods used to genetically manipulate animal cells.
4. Discuss the biological role and potential medical applications of stem cells.
5. Discuss some of the ethical issues associated with human animal biotechnology and its applications
6. Evaluate how animal cell biotechnology research methods (including gene editing, next generation sequencing and gene expression profiling) can be applied to understanding disease.
7. Evaluate the different models used in animal biotechnology such as biopharma production and research

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24A series of lectures detailing the fundamental aspects of animal cell biology.
Independent Study101Reading of recomended texts that further develop central core concepts highlighted during lectures
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

Research, clinical and industrial applications of animal cell culture, including
Cell and Tissue Engineering

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment0% Examination Weight100%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
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

  • Alberts, B., et al.,: 2007, Molecular Biology of the Cell, 5, Garland Publishers,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
AFUAge Friendly University Programme
BSSAStudy Abroad (DCU Business School)
BSSAOStudy Abroad (DCU Business School)
BTBSc in Biotechnology
GCBBSc in Genetics & Cell Biology
HMSAStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
HMSAOStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
IESAStudy Abroad (Institute of Education)
IESAOStudy Abroad (Institute of Education)
SHSAStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
SHSAOStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
Date of Last Revision28-MAY-09

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