BSEN30310 The Bioeconomy; A strategy for sustainable fuel, material and chemical production

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module will introduce students to the fundamental principles of biomass feedstock supply for the bioeconomy, with a focus on both dedicated production of biomass and recovery of residues/wastes. The physical characterisation and chemistry of biorenewable feedstocks such as bioenergy crops, algae, forestry , and agricultural residues are examined. The module will examine the varying supply chains (collection, storage, transport) for different biomass sources for further processing to bioenergy and bioproducts via biorefining. The focus of the module is on the application of engineering science to develop integrated biomass feedstock management systems with an emphasis on sustainability.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to;
(1) Display knowledge and understanding to identify, quantify and and characterise the feedstocks that are suited for the bioeconomy and identify markets each biomass can be used for.
(2) Analyse the essential processes and technologies involved in biomass production, resource recovery and pre-treatment.
(3) Understand the logistics and optimisation of biomass supply chains.
(4) Calculate biomass resource availability considering the sustainability and logistics of biomass production and supply chains.
(5) Critically analyse relevant legal and regulatory frameworks.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The majority of teaching will be delivered through lectures during which there will be class discussion where appropriate.
The tutorials will be based on a problem-based learning approach during which students will engage in group work. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
BSEN40190 - Adv Biofuels & Renew Energ

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: Final assignment Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Continuous Assessment: Individual project Varies over the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

The tutorials for this module will involve group work. These will be interactive, discussion-based tutorials and students will receive group feedback as they work through the tutorial.

Name Role
Dr Fionnuala Murphy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Amanda Sosa Tutor
Dr Joseph Sweeney Tutor