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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Bioprocessing Laboratory
Module Code BE451
School School of Biotechnology
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Brian Freeland
Semester 2: Brian Freeland
Autumn: Brian Freeland
Module TeachersPaula Meleady
Brian Freeland
Denise Harold
Linda Holland
Yandi Lan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

To integrate individual unit operations into a production and recovery scheme for a variety of biotechnology processes. To develop experimental planning and scheduling skills. To develop skills in group-leadership, task-delegation, process monitoring and concise report writing. To develop skills in choosing the most efficient product recovery scheme. To inculcate the importance of safe working practices in the potentially dangerous environment of a bioprocessing laboratory.

Learning Outcomes

1. cultivate microorganisms on a large-scale under aseptic conditions
2. convey fluids between vessels and heat and cool the vessel contents in a safe and efficient manner
3. ascertain the temporal variations in substrate, biocatalyst and product concentration over the course of a bioconversion
4. recover bioproducts using a variety of separation techniques
5. demonstrate skills in group-leadership, task-delegation, process monitoring and concise report writing

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Laboratory60No Description
Independent Study15No Description
Total Workload: 75

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

Individual students undertake 3 of the following processes (scale of process is shown in brackets)

Production of ale, stout or lager (100 L)

Production and recovery of Bakers' Yeast (10 L)

Production and recovery of an enzyme using a recombinant yeast strain (10 L)

Production of glucose by the hydrolysis of starch (10 L)

Recovery of enzyme from plant tissue (25 L)

Recovery of enzyme from animal tissue ( Recovery of citric acid from a fermentation broth (50L)

Processing of cheese whey into protein and lactose and subsequent production of glucose by lactose hydrolysis (60L)

Production of cheese (10 L)

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
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 2
Indicative Reading List

  • module coordinator: 0, Bioprocessing Laboratory Manual,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BTBSc in Biotechnology
GCBBSc in Genetics & Cell Biology
Date of Last Revision21-SEP-11

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