Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module focuses on providing the students with an understanding of the environmental and safety risks associated with bioprocessing together with methods for limiting damage and risk. Reference to practical examples will be used wherever possible.

Principal learning outcomes

Achieve a broad understanding of the environmental and safety issues of bio- processes, the governing standards and regulations and be able to select management strategies on the basis of critical analysis of the relevant issues; Have an understanding of the methodologies used to undertake environmental impact and safety risk assessments and be able to demonstrate these methodologies in realistic scenarios; Develop an ability to communicate findings effectively and coherently through oral, written and other appropriate modes of expression; To understand the methodologies for evaluation of bioprocesses in the context of environmental and safety performance; Have a thorough understanding of processes for the bioremediation of contaminated land and water; Be aware of the growing importance of environmental and public safety issues in the context of bio-processes; Recognise the importance of public perception in the future development of biotechnology.

Timetabled teaching activities

Lectures per week - 10 x 1 hour; Seminar sessions 8 x 1 hour

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Other essential notes

Introduction to environmental impacts and hazards of industrial operations and their mitigation by design and treatment with particular reference to bioprocesses. Examples being environmental impact assessment, loss prevention, waste minimisation, life cycle analysis and risk assessment studies. A review of the methodologies employed in design and operation to achieve best environmental and safety performance. Outline the framework of standards, regulations, fiscal tools and international agreements governing environmental performance. The use of bioprocessing to remediate contaminated land and water and to treat waste process materials to reduce environmental impacts.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
10 CATS (Module code: BS945-10)
A1 (Assessed work only) Seminar 40%
  1500 word essay 60%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

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