Cell Factories

Module Title - Cell Factories
Number of credits – 20

This module allows students to understand the principles of the large scale industrial production of a range of molecules, both pharmaceuticals and chemicals, by fermentation and cell culture. The module comprises one week of seminars, tutorials and practical classes and one week in the pilot plant.

Material covered will include: choice of production system based on product (bacterial, yeast, eukaryotic cell); benefits and weaknesses of each system; the way in which each system can be used industrially at a variety of scales; and analytical techniques for monitoring upstream bioprocesses.

The enquiry-based learning module design will allow students to construct their own learning path through the module material and complete a portfolio of coursework that will be assessed to determine whether learning outcomes have been met.