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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Animal Cell Culture Technology
Module Code BE582
School School of Biotechnology
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Finbarr O'Sullivan
Semester 2: Finbarr O'Sullivan
Autumn: Finbarr O'Sullivan
Module TeachersPaul Cahill
Brian Freeland
Dermot Walls
Finbar O'Sullivan
Finbarr O'Sullivan
Denise Harold
David Collins
Jonathan Cawley
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The aim of this module is to give students an understanding of the role of cell culture in bioprocessing engineering. It will outline the basic cellular processes that are of relevance to bioprocessing and provide information about the key criteria to be considered for scale-up of a process.

Learning Outcomes

1. Gain critical awareness of the different types of cell culture technologies.
2. Gain a systematic understanding of the criteria for consideration for scale up of cell culture.
3. Gain advanced knowledge to identify the appropriate cell model for a large scale process.
4. Gain critical awareness of recent developments in cell and tissue engineering.
5. Gain a systematic understanding to identify key criteria for a successful cell bank.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture16Asynchronous/synchronous/in-person lectures.
Independent Study69Reference to reading material
Assignment Completion40Complete assignment as directed.
Lecture16Asynchronous/synchronous/in-person lectures.
Independent Study69Reference to reading material.
Assignment Completion40Complete assignment as directed.
Total Workload: 250

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

Basic Cell Biology

Intro to Cell Culture

Types of Tissue culture

Cell Banking

Cell Freezing

Growing Cell - culture conditions

Cell adhesion

Cell cycle and cell proliferation

Cell transformation

Scale-up - batch culture versus continuous culture

Monolayer culture versus suspension culture

3D culture

Stem cells

Proteomic technology

Microarray technology

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Loop QuizThis loop quiz will consist of a series of problem- or challenge-based MCQs to address the students' critical understanding of the curriculum by MCQs that specifically address the students' knowledge of one specific area and use it in another area; sample questions will be provided to students in advance of the exam.40%Week 10
EssayThe students will be asked to critically address a specific question in a concise manner through submission of a short essay (~1500 words). The assignment will be due in week 13.60%Sem 1 End
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

  • R. Ian Freshney: 2016, Culture of Animal Cells, 7th Edition, Wiley,
  • John R. W. Masters: 2000, Animal Cell Culture, Third Edition, Oxford,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
GCBEGraduate Cert in Bioprocess Engineering
GCBPTGraduate Certificate in Biotherapeutics
GDBEGraduate Dip in Bioprocess Engineering
GDBPTGraduate Diploma in Biotherapeutics
MBPTMSc in Biotherapeutics
MSBEMSc in Bioprocess Engineering
SMPSCSingle Module Prof. Science and Health
Date of Last Revision17-JAN-12

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