Bioscience for Graduates from Other Scientific Disciplines

Module Title - Bioscience for Graduates from Other Scientific Disciplines
Number of credits – 10

Module description

If you have not studied biological science during your first degree then this module is for  you.  Topics  include:  biochemistry,  cell  structure  and  characterisation, bioenergetics,  fundamental  molecular  biology,  cell  signalling,  histology  and physiology. Many of the areas and concepts covered in this module will be developed further in subsequent core and optional modules.

By the end of the module you will be able to:

  • Describe the structural and functional characteristics of cells, tissues and selected body systems.
  • Describe the metabolic processes of concern to the biotechnology industry; Understand that cellular behaviour can be controlled by chemical signalling.
  • Give an overview of the current applications of cells (both  eukaryotic  and prokaryotic) in bioprocesses.
  • Understand the fundamental principles that underpin both microbial and animal cell culture.  Discuss the benefits and disadvantages of the various methods for monitoring bioprocesses; Understand the issues relating to the scale-up of biosystems and bioprocesses.
  • Relate  the  previous  4  learning  outcomes  to  the  structure,  genetics  and physiology of the cell.

Teaching and assessment:

  • Semester 1
  • Coursework (20%) and 2 hr written exam (80%; January)
  • Reassessment: 100% examination (August)Semester 1