Biology Online Module Handbook

BL4255 Marine and Environmental Biotechnology

(BL4255 online module handbook version 12)

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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.*

Credits: 15*

Semester: 1

Module Organiser
Dr Valerie Smith
vjs1@st-andrews.ac.uk
01334 463474/7210
Pre-requisite Modules:
PERMISSION OF BIOLOGY HONOURS ADVISER REQUIRED*
Anti-requisite Modules:
None*
Post-requisite Modules:
*
Additional Module Information:
Please check MMS regularly for additional module information


Biology Teaching Office:
Room 1.17, Biomolecular Sciences Building, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9ST

Email: bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk      Tel: 01334  463602

BL4255: Timetable

Legend (not all modules have every event type):
lecture
tutorial
workshop
practical
other

Semester 1: Week 1

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
21-09-2017
11:00 to 13:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Tutorial Room 12
VJS

Lecture L1: Introduction & the drug discovery pipeline
2017-8_BL4255_L1

Semester 1: Week 2

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
28-09-2017
11:00 to 13:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Tutorial Room 12
VJS

Lecture L2: Anti-infective agents
2017-8_BL4255_L2
Group A: Nutraceuticals (incl. lipids, fats & oils)

Semester 1: Week 3

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
03-10-2017
09:00 to 11:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Tutorial Room 12
VJS

Lecture L3: Analgesics & anti-inflamatory agents
2017-8_BL4255_L3
Group B: Biotechnology in Food production & security

Semester 1: Week 4

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
10-10-2017
09:00 to 11:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Tutorial Room 12
VJS

Lecture L4: Anti-cancer drugs
2017-8_BL4255_L4
Group C: Venoms & toxins-their value for medicine

Semester 1: Week 5

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
17-10-2017
11:00 to 13:00
Purdie Building
222
VJS
VJS
Lecture L5: Diagnostics
2017-8_BL4255_L5
Information about CA exercises

Semester 1: Week 7

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
31-10-2017
11:00 to 13:00
Purdie Building
222
VJS

Lecture L6: Bio-remediation of waste water
2017-8_BL4255_L6
Group A: Useful compounds from extreme environments

Semester 1: Week 8

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
07-11-2017
11:00 to 13:00
Purdie Building
222
VJS

Lecture L7: Disease control in aquaculture
2017-8_BL4255_L7
Group B: Biotechnology: minerals, fuel & energy

Semester 1: Week 9

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Tuesday
14-11-2017
11:00 to 13:00
Purdie Building
222
VJS

Lecture L8: Bio-robotics & biomechanics
2017-8_BL4255_L8
Group C: Biotechnology in pollution clean up

Semester 1: Week 10

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Wednesday
22-11-2017
11:00 to 13:00
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
Tutorial Room 12
VJS
+Dragon
Lecture L9: Exobiology
2017-8_BL4255_L9
Dragons Den pitches, part 1

Semester 1: Week 11

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Wednesday
29-11-2017
14:00 to 17:00
Bute Building
C26
VJS
+Dragon
Other O1: Dragons Den pitches, part 2
2017-8_BL4255_O1
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL4255: Reading List

Click for BL4255 reading list

BL4255: Assessment

Practical Examinations = 30%, Coursework = 70%*

Assessment:
Science article
Due by:
Feedback due by:
Type:
Single Upload
Weight:
40%
Assessment:
Presentation pitch
Due by:
Feedback due by:
Type:
Single Upload
Weight:
30%
Assessment:
Business plan
Due by:
Feedback due by:
Type:
Single Upload
Weight:
30%

(MMS assessment data cached: 20 September 2017 22:20:10.)


The following related information applies to all Biology modules:

School of Biology Marking Criteria: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
Late submission of continuous assessment work:

All late submissions of coursework that do not require electronic submission should be made via the late submissions box in the Biomolecular Science Building (beside the Teaching Office)
Exam details: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
Exam timetable: see http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/students/academic/examinations/examtimetablescurrent/
Expected attendance: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook for detailed attendance requirements.
Good Academic Practice & Avoiding Academic Misconduct: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
University Student Handbook: University Student Handbook
School and University regulations in the School and University Undergraduate Handbook relating to absence reporting, penalties and rules for late submission of work, extensions for coursework, return of coursework, S-coding, good academic practice and Academic Alerts.: School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook University Student Handbook
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

Who to ask

(Information in this section applies to all Biology Modules)

Questions about different aspects of the module should be directed to different people:

Questions about Contact
General teaching matters Biology Teaching Office ( bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk )
Rescheduled or cancelled events Check your University email
Lecture or practical content The lecturer who presented the material
Completing assessed practical assignments The lecturer who set the assignment
Completing assessments Module Organiser (Dr Valerie Smith vjs1@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on continuous assessment The Demonstrator or Module Organiser (Dr Valerie Smith vjs1@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on exams Module Organiser (Dr Valerie Smith vjs1@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Rearranging practical days Grant Brown
Absence and/or extensions Module Organiser (Dr Valerie Smith vjs1@st-andrews.ac.uk) and the Biology Teaching Office ( bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk )

Difficulties with academic progress which impact more than one module:

Year Coordinator

See School of Biology Undergraduate student handbook for list: http://biology.st-andrews.ac.uk/documents/UndergraduateHandbook.pdf

Overall performance, progress or future directions:

Advisor of Studies

Disability:

Disability Coordinator (Dr Jacqueline Nairn jn37@st-andrews.ac.uk)

Biology Teaching Office:

Room 1.17, Biomolecular Sciences Building, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9ST

Email: bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk

Tel: 01334 463602

BL4255: Contributing Staff

Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL4255: Learning Outcomes


Students completing module BL4255 successfully should be able to:

  • Understand what biotechnology is and why it is an important and wide-ranging discipline
  • Appreciate of the diversity of drugs, products and services have and can be sourced from the natural environment
  • Be cognisant of bioprospecting and what is meant by the drug discovery pipeline
  • Understand what clinical trials are and the need for informed consent
  • Have gained practice giving short pitch presentations to non-experts
  • Prepare a business plan
  • Demonstrate creativity in imagining a biotechnological product or service of potential commercial use
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL4255: Acquired Skills

Practical Skills

    Transferable Skills

    • Group discussion - leading
    • Group discussion - participating
    • Short individual presentation on given topic (up to 15 min)
    • Short individual presentation on project idea (up to 15 min)
    • Short informal presentation (using PowerPoint or not)
    • Business plan
    • Science journalism piece aimed at general audience
    • Critically evaluating sources/information
    • Finding information on the web
    • Finding literature
    • Peer assessment
    • Role play
    Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
    Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
    * University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
    School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
    University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

    Policies

    (Information in this section applies to all Biology Modules)