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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Bioprocess Engineering Design Project
Module Code BE597
School School of Biotechnology
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: David Collins
Semester 2: David Collins
Autumn: David Collins
Module TeachersPaul Cahill
Rosaleen Devery
Brian Freeland
Ciaran Fagan
Greg Foley
Jenny Lawler
Denise Harold
David Collins
Burcu Gunes
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 30
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

As part of this module, students will be required to undertake a desk based study in the form of a critical review on a topic related to bioprocess engineering. This topic can be any aspect related to bioprocess engineering or the manufacture of biopharmaceuticals or biotherapeutics. Alternatively, if the student is industry based they may elect to do their project on a work related topic that falls into the scope of the bioprocess engineering degree programme, including ancillary topics, for example tech transfer or validation. Where possible, a non-industry student may be placed into an industry role for the period of their project, however, this depends on availability of such roles and the suitability of the student for such a position.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate an appreciation of the importance of identifying the objectives and context of the design in terms of the business, technical and ethical requirements, sustainable development, safety, health and environmental issues and appreciation of public perception and concerns
2. Design as an open ended process lacking a pre-determined solution which requires synthesis, innovation and creativity, judgemental choices on the basis of incomplete and contradictory information, decision making, working with constraints and multiple objectives and justification of the choices and decisions taken.
3. Deploy their engineering and scientific knowledge using rigorous calculation and analysis of results to arrive at, and verify, the realism of the chosen design.
4. Take a systems approach to design appreciating complexity, interaction and integration.
5. Manage the processes of challenge, planning and prioritizing and organizing activities.
6. Communicate externally to acquire input information and present and defend chosen design options and decisions taken.
7. Deliver a complex piece of work on time which is fit for purpose.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Assignment Completion750Project Work
Total Workload: 750

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
PresentationProject Presentation10%
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

    Other Resources

    Programme or List of Programmes
    MSBEMSc in Bioprocess Engineering
    Date of Last Revision10-MAR-11

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