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Fundamentals of Biotechnology

Module name (EN):
Name of module in study programme. It should be precise and clear.
Fundamentals of Biotechnology
Degree programme:
Study Programme with validity of corresponding study regulations containing this module.
Mechanical and Process Engineering, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2019
Module code: MAB_19_V_3.08.GBT
The exam administration creates a SAP-Submodule-No for every exam type in every module. The SAP-Submodule-No is equal for the same module in different study programs.
Hours per semester week / Teaching method:
The count of hours per week is a combination of lecture (V for German Vorlesung), exercise (U for Übung), practice (P) oder project (PA). For example a course of the form 2V+2U has 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of exercise per week.
4V (4 hours per week)
ECTS credits:
European Credit Transfer System. Points for successful completion of a course. Each ECTS point represents a workload of 30 hours.
Semester: 3
Mandatory course: yes
Language of instruction:
Written exam 180 min.

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Applicability / Curricular relevance:
All study programs (with year of the version of study regulations) containing the course.

MAB_19_V_3.08.GBT (P241-0254) Mechanical and Process Engineering, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2019 , semester 3, mandatory course, Specialization Process Engineering
Workload of student for successfully completing the course. Each ECTS credit represents 30 working hours. These are the combined effort of face-to-face time, post-processing the subject of the lecture, exercises and preparation for the exam.

The total workload is distributed on the semester (01.04.-30.09. during the summer term, 01.10.-31.03. during the winter term).
60 class hours (= 45 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 150 hours (equivalent to 5 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 105 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
MAB_19_A_1.07.ENB Engineering Basics

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Recommended as prerequisite for:
MAB_19_V_4.08.BUV Environmental and Bioprocess Engineering (with Lab Course)

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Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Timo Gehring
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Timo Gehring

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Learning outcomes:
After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- explain the building blocks of living organisms and their function,
- map the structure of cells and their functional carriers,
- explain the potential of microorganisms and their possible uses,
- demonstrate methods for handling, preventing and mass producing microorganisms,
- describe and apply measurement and detection methods. The will have an overview of organic chemistry, biochemistry and everyday chemistry. Students will be able to explain the building blocks of living organisms and their respective functions. They will be able to explain the structure of cells and their functional carriers
They will be able to explain the potential of microorganisms, their ecology, their dangers and their possible uses.
Students will be able to explain and apply essential methods for handling, preventing and mass producing microorganisms, as well as essential measurement and detection methods.

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Module content:
Hydrocarbons, alkanes, alkenes, ethers, esters, functional groups, aromatics, heterocycles, sugars, carbohydrates, carboxylic acids, pH, buffer systems, calcium carbonate balance, fats, soaps, cell structure, eukaryotes, prokaryotes, organelle evolution, amino acids, proteins, membrane proteins, enzymes, enzyme kinetics, nucleic acids, RNA, DNA,
Methods: paper chromatography, GC, HPLC, DC, gel ectophoresis, photometry, ion exchangers
Characteristic measurement technology: Gravimetry, titrimetry, potentiometry, chromatography, ampherometric photometry, enzyme test; Sterile technique: preparing culture media, buffer systems, pouring agar plates, dilution smears, enrichment culture, pure culture; Microbiological tests and working methods: disk diffusion test, zone of inhibition tests, viable bacteria count, sterile filter technology, microscopy, strain maintenance;
Handling microorganisms, preventing microbial growth, introduction to hygiene, enrichment conditions, pure cultures, culture media, culture conditions, culture methods, viable bacteria count, sterility control, streaking, disk diffusion test, antibiotics, selective energy conversion of organisms, metabolism types chemoorganoheterotrophy: glycolysis, citric acid cycle, respiratory chain, fermentation, anaerobic respiration, chemolithoautotrophy, phototrophy; Introduction to microbial ecology, ecology in lakes, seas, rivers, soils,
hygiene, waterborn and foodborn deseases, food preservation; Introduction to food biotechnology: beer, wine, cheese etc...

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Teaching methods/Media:
Lecture with blackboard; copies of the slides used in the lecture

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Recommended or required reading:
Brock Biology of Microorganisms, Prentice Hall
Forst et al.: Chemie für Ingenieure
Löwe: Biochemie, Benke

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