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BT2 Info 04_05


Biotechnology Year 2



Class Handout 2004/2005



Welcome to the second year of your Biotechnology course! This is an exciting time
to work in biotechnology. The Human Genome Project is generating fundamental
genetic information at a breath
taking rate; basic research findings are being applied in
medicine, agriculture and the environment; and a variety of new biotechnology
products are moving into production. Behind each of these accomplishments are
teams of chemical engineers and biologists
. We want to introduce you to the
multidisciplinary nature of biotechnology and highlight the key role that chemical
engineers play in commercialising bioprocesses. We hope that this year you will
acquire a broad theoretical and practical grounding in bioc
hemistry, microbiology,
genetics and process engineering. Learning core chemical and mathematics topics are
also part of your work this year.



Your class co
-
ordinator is Dr Rosaleen Devery


Address:

School of Biotechnology



Room X211

Telephone:

01
-
700
5406

Fax:


01
-
7005412

Email:


Rosaleen.Devery@dcu.ie



GENERAL INFORMATION, COURSE MODULES, TIMETABLES


Your courses are documented in the Student Modular Guide. You are required to take
12 modules (i.e. 10 m
odules, each worth 5 credits and 4 half modules, each worth 2.5
credits). These modules are divided between Semesters 1 & 2 as shown below. Please
note that, as in BT1, each module has a designated code and a module coordinator.
The module coordinator will

provide you with details concerning the academic
content of that module. In general more than one lecturer will teach into a given
module.


You will be assigned laboratory class groups during the first few days of the semester.


Please check the noticebo
ard in the Chemical Sciences & Biotechnology Building or
http://www.dcu.ie/timetables/search.shtml

for lecture/practical timetables and
amendments over the next few weeks.



Should you have any pr
oblems or queries regarding the course, you can contact your
lecturer, tutor or me. The easiest way to get hold of us is by email. The format for our
email address is
Firstname.Surname@dcu.ie

eg
Rosaleen.Devery@dcu.ie


Each school (Biotechnology, Chemical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences) maintains a
website with staff details, such as email, room number and telephone number. These
websites are located as follows:


Biotechnology:
http://www.dcu.ie/biotechnology/index.shtml


Chemical Sciences:
http://www.dcu.ie/chemistry/index.shtml


Mathematical Sciences
:
http://www.dcu.ie/maths/index.shtml


TUTORS


Tutors will be assigned to you in Week 1(as part of BE253). Tutors are here to
provide whatever support you need to make a success of second year Biotechnolog
y.
They will mentor you in an area of your choice in biotechnology. If you have
problems in the course, either academic or personal, you should see your tutor who
will be able to advise you on the correct course of action. There are various support
mechani
sms for students through Student Affairs
http://www.dcu.ie/students/student_affairs.shtml

and your tutor can help you to find
out exactly what services are available. If you do have a problem,

see your tutor as
soon as you can, so that they can help you in whatever way possible.


SEMESTER 1


Code

Module Title

Coordinator


BE201


Biomolecules & Metabolism


Dr C Fagan

BE221


Engineering Principles & Statistics

Dr J Tobin

BE222

Fluid Flow & En
gineering

Thermodynamics


Dr G Foley

CS204

Organic Chemistry

Dr P James

MS225


Intoduction to Differential

Equations

Dr D Mackey

BE251


Biochemistry Laboratory

(half module)


Dr C Fagan

BE253


Introduction to Biotechnology*


(first half of module)


Dr R Devery










*The Semester 1 component of BE253 consists solely of the preparation and
submission of a Term Paper. This must be prepared according to the guidelines
provided by the module coordinator. The academic staff member who assigns your
te
rm paper will also act as your personal tutor and mentor for the year. An
‘Introduction to the Library’ will be held in the Information Dealing Room on
Tuesday 5
th

October at 2:00 p.m.

This session is intended to assist you in your
preparation of the Term

Paper and attendance is compulsory. The deadline for
submission of your term paper to your tutor is the 26
th

November. Term papers must
be prepared using a word processor. An oral presentation of your term paper will form
part of the assessment for BE253.

Presentations will be held in Semester 2.


Please note that when working with PCs students are strongly advised to back up their
work at regular intervals and to keep back
-
up copies on more than one disc.


SEMESTER 2








Code

Module Title

Coordinator


BE202

Microbiology & Genetics

Dr D Walls

BE223

Heat & Mass Transfer

Dr A Morrissey

MS230

Introduction to Numerical Methods

Dr T Downes

BE271

Biochemical Engineering Laboratory

Dr A Morrissey

BE255

Instrumentation for Biotechnologists

(half module)

Dr R Devery

BE252

Microbiology & Microbial Genetics Laboratory (half
module)

Dr D Walls

BE253

Intoduction to Biotechnology

Dr R Devery

CS201

Thermodynamics & Kinetics

(half module)

Dr O Finlayson




ASSESSMENT


A guide to modes of assessment for Semes
ter 1 modules is provided below. Specific
information will be available from the module coordinators.


SEMESTER 1


Code

Assessment


BE201

End of module exam (100%)

BE221

Statistics: 3x20 minute tests + tutorial exercises (50%)

Engineering principles: En
d of module exam (50%)

BE222

End of module exam (80%);Continuous assessment (20%)

CS204

End of module exam (100%)

MS225

End of module exam (100%)

BE251

In course test (30%); laboratory reports (70%)

BE253

Term Paper preparation (80%)



SEMESTER 2


Co
de

Assessment


BE202

End of module exam (100%)

BE223

End of module exam (80%); Continuous assessment (20%)

MS230

End of module exam (100%)

BE271

Continuous assessment 100%

BE255

Continuous assessment (100%)

BE252

Continuous assessment (100%)

CS201

E
nd of module exam (100%)

BE253

Continuous assessment (20%)

RULES WITH REGARD TO LABORATORY CLASSES


Laboratory practicals commence in Week 1 of Semester 1. Students will not be
allowed into Biology or Engineering laboratories without a clean, white labor
atory
coat and protective glasses or spectacles. Pi pump and calculator are essential.

You must familiarise yourself with and observe all safety procedures appropriate to a
particular laboratory


Students must attend all laboratory classes. Absence from la
boratory may be excused
on production of a medical certificate. This should be handed to the Lecturer in
charge of the practical. The onus is on the student to provide proof that he/she was
medically unfit to attend the practical.


For Biology/Engineering

laboratory modules and for some lecture modules, students
will be provided with course manuals, notes etc. Each student is required to pay €20
to cover associated photocopying charges. This fee will be collected during the first
week of the BE251 Laborato
ry sessions. Students will not be permitted to proceed
with the course until the fee has been paid.


CLASS REPRESENTATIVES



There will be two BT2 class representatives for staff
-
student liaison, one of whom
will represent the class at Biotechnology Progr
amme Board meetings. Elections for
these positions are run by students union and representatives should be selected in
time for the first Programme Board meeting in late October/November 2004. Contact
your student union rep to ensure this occurs or in case

of delays please let me know.


ACADEMIC CALENDAR 2004/2005


Semester 1

Monday September 27
th
-
Friday, December 17
th
, 2004

Public Holiday:Monday October 25
th
, 2004

Graduation: Monday November 1
st

& Tuesday
November 2
nd

2004 (University remains open)

Examin
ation Study Period

Tuesday January 4
th

, 2005
-
Friday January 14
th
, 2005

Semester 1 Examinations

Monday January 17
th
, 2005
-
Friday January 28
th
, 2005

Vacation Period

Monday January 31
st
, 2005
-
Friday February 4
th

, 2005

Semester 2

Monday February 7
th

2005
-
Friday April 29, 2005

Public / University Holidays:Thursday March 17
th
;


Friday March 25
th

& Monday March 28
th
, 2005

Examination Study Period

Monday May 2
nd
, 2005
-
Friday, May 13
th
, 2005

Semester II Examinations:

Monday May 16
th
-
Saturday May 28
th
,2005