Programme And Module Handbook
Course Details in 2021/22 Session

If you find any data displayed on this website that should be amended, please contact the Curriculum Management Team.

Module Title Bioscience for Graduates from Other Scientific Disciplines
SchoolChemical Engineering
Department Chemical Engineering
Module Code 04 18520
Module Lead Prof Liam Grover
Level Intermediate Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering, Engineering Doctorate (EngD) in Formulation Engineering.
Contact Hours Lecture-30 hours
Tutorial-10 hours
Practical Classes and workshops-30 hours
Guided independent study-30 hours
Total: 100 hours
Description The module covers the basics of bioscience that are required by engineers to work at the engineering – life science interface.
  • Molecules of life - Structure and function of lipids, carbohydrates, proteins and nucleic acids;
  • Cellular structure - Structure and function of components within eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells;
  • Cellular function and activity - Cellular thermodynamics & respiration;
  • Gene expression: Transcription, translation, control of gene expression;
  • DNA organisation & replication, cell cycle, meiosis, mitosis;
  • Cellular signalling and control;
  • Cellular organisation in to tissues and organs, introduction to Anatomy and physiology;
  • Biological systems in engineering – prokaryotic and eukaryotic bioprocesses;
  • Practical skills for microbiology - Aseptic technique.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module the student should be able to:
  • Describe the structures, important characteristics and functions of carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, peptides and proteins in biological systems.
  • Describe the structural and functional characteristics of cells (prokaryotic and eukaryotic), tissues and selected body systems.
  • Explain the processes involved in cellular respiration.
  • Describe the processes involved in gene expression for both prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and how this process is regulated.
  • Describe the processes involved in DNA replication and cell division for both prokaryotes and eukaryotes.
  • Explain how cellular behaviour can be controlled through chemical signalling.
  • Give an overview of the current applications of cells (both eukaryotic and prokaryotic) in bioprocesses.
  • Demonstrate safe and appropriate handling of microorganisms.
Assessment 18520-01 : Exam : Exam (School Arranged) - Computer-based (80%)
18520-03 : Coursework : Coursework (20%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment:

In semester assessment: 20%
Exam: 80%


Reassessment by resubmission of the failed elements
Reading List