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BL4255   Marine and Environmental Biotechnology

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

This module will examine the diversity of useful natural products or services that are derived from marine organisms or other natural environments. In particular it will cover a variety of novel compounds of pharmaceutical or neutraceutical value considering also the process from bio-prospecting through the drug discovery pipeline to clinical use. In addition the module will examine other compounds and processes from marine and environmental sources that have application in ways. These include biotechnology in aquaculture and environmental management, bioengineering and sustainable use of natural resources through biotechnology. The societal, ethical and environmental issues associated with technical exploitation of the natural environment are also considered. Learning and assessed work are designed to foster creativity and ingenuity, and to present a 'business-facing' aspect of biology.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Permission of biology honours adviser required

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour seminar (x 10 weeks)

Scheduled learning hours: 20

Guided independent study hours: 130

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Practical Examinations = 30%, Coursework = 70%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 30%
Coursework: 70%

Re-assessment: Resubmission of failed element of Coursework

Personnel

Module teaching staff: Dr V J Smith