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Archived Version 2010 - 2011

Module Title Separation Processes I
Module Code BE321
School School of Biotechnology

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Module Co-ordinatorDr Greg FoleyOffice NumberX203
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module introduces the student to the unit operation concept in the context of modern bioprocessing systems.

Learning Outcomes

1. Formulate and solve design and analysis equations for dead-end and crossflow membrane filtration systems.
2. Formulate and solve design and analysis equations for diafiltration processes
3. Formulate and solve design and analysis equations for particle separation processes based on gravitational and centrifugal forces.
4. Formulate and solve design and analysis equations for drying, evaporation and crystallisation.
5. Use Excel to solve non-linear algebraic equations that arise in the analysis of separation processes.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Tutorial36Directed and active learning
Independent Study89Study and problem solving
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

Dead-end microfiltration

Crossflow microfiltration of microbial cells

Ultrafiltration and diafiltration of proteins


Sedimentation, centrifugation and cyclone separations

Evaporation and drying


Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment20% Examination Weight80%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
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