Postgraduate Course: Principles of Industrial Biotechnology (PGBI11103)
|School||School of Biological Sciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The course will introduce the students to the theory and practice of operating ferementers under pressure, whilst controlling temperature, pH, oxygen concentration (or anaerobic growth), mixing rate and other growth conditions. These fermentation practicals will grow, bacteria (E.coli), yeast (P.pastoris) and probably also halophillic bacteria The practical fermenter training will be supplemented with visits to industrial facilities.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 40,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||All sessions will require the preparation of a short (1-2 pages) report summarising the key issues covered in the practical sessions. These will form 50% of the course.
The final assessment will be a class essay (3000 word max) on a current theme in industrial biotechnology and scaled up synthetic biology, involving the problems of moving from demonstration projects into large scale economic production.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Develop key practical skills in fermenting biotechnology and better understand operations and commercial opportunities in fermentation-based biotechnology
- Increase their understanding that 'industrial biotechnology' is based on using machines to control the growth of microorganisms
- Develop knowledge of a variety of fermentation strategies
- Analyse potential business opportunities in fermentation-based biotechnology
- Explore the biological and technological principles which govern actual and potential bio-business
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||The operation of complex bioreactors via computerised control systems. Experience and training in industrial scale production and its legal regulatory requirements.
|Course organiser||Dr Andrew Free
Tel: (0131 6)50 5338
|Course secretary||Ms Andrea Nichol
Tel: (0131 6)50 8643
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