BIO06033 2019 INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL BIOTECHNOLOGY
In this module the student will develop an overview of the broad field of Medical Biotechnology and will explore many of the various areas that contribute to this discipline. The module will include a brief history of Medical Biotechnology, including some key breakthrough moments in history. Furthermore the module will cover current key technological areas of scientific, economic and social interest and as well as targeted technologies of the future.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Understand the fundamentals of how breakthroughs and advances in Medical Biotechnology happen
Understand the history and development of the Biotechnology industry.
Identify the methodology of product/process development in Medical Biotechnology and how novel intervention points are identified and exploited.
Identify safety, ethical, regulatory, and proprietary issues of the application of biotechnology to industry.
Describe the common applications of biotechnology in medicine and diagnostics
Develop an understanding of the medical device industry and the development of some key technologies in this field
Understand the life span of a typical medical biotechnology product from development through testing to manufacture and eventual discontinuation
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Students will be introduced to the many diverse subject areas of Medical Biotechnology and will learn and understand their impact on medicine, diagnostics and the biomedical manufacturing industry
Module Assessment Strategies
The module will be assessed entirely by continuous assessment. This will comprise two Multiple Choice Exams and two written assignments staggered throughout the semester
Students will be asked to re-submit any assignment or re-sit and MCQ that they did not pass, where there overall grade is a fail
The history and development of the Medical Biotechnology industry.
Transcription and Translation and its manipulation for therapeutic and diagnostic gain
Modern DNA technology and genetic engineering
Overview of techniques used to grow and maintain cells for the biotechnology industry
An overview of the immune system and Immunodiagnostics
Regulatory bodies, safety, ethics, and intellectual property in the biotechnology industry.
Applications of biotechnology in medicine
Introduction to the most commonly produced biopharmaceutical products and their methods of production.
Understanding of the basic principles of biomaterials and biosensors
Introduction to medical devices
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Case Study Written Assignment||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||25 %||Week 3||1,2|
|2||Multiple Choice||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||25 %||Week 6||2,3,5|
|3||Assignment||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||25 %||Week 9||3,5,6,7|
|4||Multiple Choice||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||25 %||Week 12||2,3,4,5,6,7|
Full Time Mode Workload
|Independent Learning||Library||Self Study||5||Weekly||5.00|
Required & Recommended Book List
2005 Medical Biotechnology United Nations University Press
ISBN 9280811142 ISBN-13 9789280811148
Ellyn Daugherty 2007, Biotechnology, Science for the New Millenium, EMC Paradigm Publishers.
The following current Journals (currently available in Library)
Irish Scientists Yearbook
Irish Biotechnology news