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Engineering with Living Systems I

Level 1

This module is an introduction to biological engineering covering the basics of host cell systems (bakers yeast, E. coli) exploited within the biomanufacturing industry i.e. cell types, structure, function. The working of the cell will be introduced; cell chemistry (biochemistry) and cell structure (macromolecules). These will be described in terms of products (e.g. protein biopharmaceuticals, fatty acid fuels), cell cultivation (basic and industrial microbiology, fermentation) and methods to improve cell productivities e.g. metabolic engineering, synthetic biology. Modelling of fermentation processes will be expanded through enzyme catalysis and Michelis Menten kinetics and linked to applications e.g. departmental relevant research.

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Environmental Liquid Effluents

Level 4 (MEng) & MSc

The course aims to achieve an understanding of the nature and treatment methodologies of liquid effluents. The course will enable students to have an integrated understanding of water treatment unit operations for treatment and remediation of liquid effluents. Using case studies the students will be able to assess the effectiveness of treatment strategies from a variety of liquid effluents, including municipal and industrial sources.  Through time series analysis of inlet data from existing wastewater treatment facilities, the students will be able to design treatment processes that incorporates allowances for variable input and determine the effect of these on the operation of the treatment facilities over short and long time scales. The students will be required to gain knowledge of the water industry, water use, legislation, characteristics of wastewaters and effluents, pollutant reduction and treatment strategies, unit operations (physical, biological and chemical), contaminated waterways, clean or cleaner technologies and novel treatment methodologies, safety, costs and cost balances/forecasts and a number of case studies.