15 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: This module focuses on the production of a range of important products using living systems. The module will introduce the biotechnology industry and outline typical products in each sector.  The module will cover general microbiology of cell growth including growth kinetics in batch and continuous systems. An overview of a typical fermentor for biomass production will be included. The module will describe how genetic engineering and metabolic engineering of biological systems is used for the production of important products. As examples a number of case studies will be used.

Staff Contact: DICKMAN MARK J
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Laboratory work, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Practical skills assessment

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Chemical and Biological Engineering):

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