MICR30090 Microbial Cell Factory for Chemists

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module is aimed at BSc Chemistry/Med Chem students. The module will provide students with a comprehensive overview of the applications and strategies that underpin the use of microorganisms in industry to produce fine chemicals and useful enzymes. The lectures will describe the process of discovery of potentially useful microorganisms (screening), manipulating strains for industrial production (process design and genetic engineering), utilizing microorganisms as biocatalysts and downstream processing of microbial products.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

- Describe how useful microorganisms are selected- Identify the principles behind strain improvement- Recognise the potential of microorganisms as biocatalysts (whole cell and enzymes)- Discuss the process of moving from small-scale research to industrial-scale production- Determine a strategy for protein purification

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours






Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures and laboratory work 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Microb. Cell Factory/Chemists (INDM30090)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Written exam 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Lab Report: Reports on the practical classes conducted during the module Unspecified n/a Graded No


Practical Examination: Assessment of practical knowledge Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
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
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Regular feedback on lab reports; provisional grades posted on Brightspace (practical exam)

Papers will be available on Brightspace
Name Role
Dr Tanja Narancic Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Yan Yan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Niall Beagan Tutor
Cheng Cheng Tutor
Ms Aoife Holohan Tutor
Mr Conor Quinn Tutor
Eden Souza Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Practical Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 Fri 15:00 - 17:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Thurs 09:00 - 09:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Tues 09:00 - 09:50