Frontiers in Interdisciplinary Bioscience

Module Title - Frontiers in Interdisciplinary Bioscience
Number of credits – 10

Module description

This module defines and explains areas of modern interdisciplinary bioscience that are important for those working within the biochemical and formulation engineering disciplines. Although the emphasis is on the latest advances and technologies within the area, some more introductory topics will be used to illustrate how engineers have and will continue to contribute in these burgeoning areas.

The fundamentals of synthetic biology, systems biology, regenerative medicine and biological energy sources will be introduced and their relevance to the biochemical and formulation engineer considered.  Important tools (e.g.  analytical  and computational)  that  allow  progress  in  these  areas  will  be  described  and  the significance of the results considered.

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

  • Describe how advances in the biosciences are important for the formulation/biochemical engineer as well as the biologist;
  • Evaluate which technologies and tools developed in this area can be used to enhance progress in engineering;
  • Demonstrate an awareness that the engineer must be able to communicate and work with scientists from other disciplines.
  • Evaluate how scientists from different backgrounds approach a scientific/engineering problem.
  • Apply engineering principles to address a problem that is associated principally with a biological application and create a solution to a predefined interdisciplinary task.

Teaching and assessment:

  • Semester 1.
  • Approximately 12 hours contact time.
  • 100% Coursework.
  • Reassessment: 100% coursework.