CHEN40670 Biotechnology & Biopharma

Academic Year 2022/2023

The objective of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the underpinning disciples of Biochemical Engineering. i.e. biochemistry and genetics. The module will cover basic biochemistry: structure and function of major biomolecules (DNA, proteins, lipids and carbohydrates), their role in the cell and in particular in cell metabolism and homeostasis. The module will look at the structure and function of DNA and RNA and also provide an overview of genetic engineering methods in order to understand how cells can be manipulated to perform desirable functions.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able:
1. To demonstrate an understanding of the major groups of macromolecules that constitute living cells and their structure
2. To describe the functions these molecules perform in cells
3. To understand how cellular information is stored, transcribed and translated
4. To appreciate the various pathways underpinning cell metabolism
5. To describe the tools required to manipulate cells at the molecular level, i.e. recombinant DNA technology

Indicative Module Content:

Structure and function of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids.
Energy metabolism in cells
Recombinant DNA technology
Production of Biopharmaceuticals using bacteria and higher eukaryotic cells

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Three in-class tests, short equations and/or MCQs. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Examination: Final exam with short-essay answers over 2 hours. 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Results from MCQs will be available immediately. Feedback can be requested by emailing the module teacher subsequently.

Name Role
Mr James Molloy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer