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Undergraduate Course: Introduction to Biochemical Engineering 2 (CHEE08012)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe objective of this course is to introduce the basic concepts of biomolecule and cell function and how they are applied to bioreactor analysis and design.

1. Introduction
The application domain of biochemical engineering

2. Biomolecules and cell types
Description of biomolecule and cell types, their structure and composition

3. Cell functionality
Gene expression, regulation, protein synthesis, biomolecule and cell conformation, differentiation, ionic transport communication and mutations and recombinant DNA technology

4. Enzyme Kinetics
Description of the role of enzymes and development of mechanistic models for enzyme kinetics

5. Metabolic pathways, bioenergetics, cell growth
Description of the various pathways by which cells consume and generate the energy currency allowing them to function and grow.

6. Bioreactors
Bioreactor analysis and design

7. Product purification and Biochemical Measurement techniques
Basic separation and purification methods of products recovered from bioreactors and methods used for characterization
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 3.5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 63 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 80 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) There will be one final exam worth 80% of your grade comprised of two equally weighted questions and coursework worth 20% of your grade.

The School has a 40% rule for this course, whereby you must achieve a minimum of 40% in coursework and 40% in written exam components, as well as an overall mark of 40% to pass a course. If you fail a course you will be required to resit it. You are only required to resit components which have been failed.
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)1:30
Resit Exam Diet (August)1:30
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Become familiar with basic biomolecule and cell structure and composition.
  2. Understand the basic principles of gene expression, translation, transcription, regulation, protein synthesis, mutations and recombinant DNA technology.
  3. Develop a clear picture of what enzymes are, what their function is and the mechanistic models describing their function in biochemical reactions.
  4. Grasp the mechanisms and energetics of metabolic pathways in the cell and the various patterns and calculations involved in describing cell growth.
  5. Basic analysis and design of bioreactors. Methods employed for purification and characterization and considerations involved in tissue engineering.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserDr George Serghiou
Tel: (0131 6)50 8553
Course secretaryMr Mark Owenson
Tel: (0131 6)50 5533
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