BIO09061 2015 Bopharmaceutical Analytical Techniques Practical Module

General Details

Full Title
Bopharmaceutical Analytical Techniques Practical Module
Transcript Title
Bioanalytics Practical Module
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Subject Area
BIO - Bio Tech/Eng/Chem
LIFE - Life Sciences
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2015 - Full Academic Year 2015-16
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Kieran Tobin, Sharon Barrett
Programme Membership
SG_SQUAL_E09 201500 Level 9 Special Purpose Award in Quality Analytics for Biopharma SG_SQUAL_E09 201900 Minor Award in Science in Bioanalytical Techniques

This practical module aims to provide specialised knowledge in the theory, practice and interpretation of the various assays and instrumentation routinely employed in a Biopharmaceutical Quality Control laboratory. The necessary skills and competencies will be acquired through a combination of self-study and the completion of a sequence of laboratory-based practicals and demonstrations.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Outline and evaluate the main quality control and the various assays/tests methods routinely employed in the analysis of biopharmaceuticals.


Perform a range of analysis and outline and evaluate the equipment requirements for performance of the various test methods.


Interpret and critically evaluate the data and results obtained from the various practicals and demonstrations.


Take responsibility for and direct the work of other individuals in a GMP- like environment.


Evaluate and apply scientific and technical information to solve/troubleshoot analytical problems and demonstrate research capabilities.


Demonstrate effective communication skills both orally and in writing.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

As per syllabus.

Module Assessment Strategies

As this is a practical-based module attendance at the NIBRT laboratories is a requirement. A certain amount of the assessment work will take place at these locations. The remaining assessment approach for this module will be 100% Continuous Assessment with a range of assessment methods employed including some of the following: short-form assessment exams incl. MCQ's/SAQ's, project assignments/reports, practical/project work, essays, vivas etc.

Repeat Assessments

As per quality control procedure.

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

The range of lab-based practicals covered may include some or all of the following assays/instrumentation; Spectrophotometry and Protein assays; Sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide slab gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) and Capillary Electrophoresis (CE), Immunoassays, Chromatography Technologies. Additional laboratory based practicals/demonstrations will be offered as new and emerging technologies/test methods emerge.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Open Book Exam Open Book End of Practical Exam Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % Any 1,2,3,6
2 Written Report on Completed Laboratory Practicals Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % Any 1,2,3,4,5,6
3 Project Research Project and Report Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 50 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified Ongoing Lectures 1 Fortnightly 0.50
Laboratory Practical Science Laboratory Laboratory Practicals and Demonstrations 24 Once Per Semester 1.60
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Research Project Report and Presentation 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.10 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Various reading and assignment sources will be either provided or recommended by the demonstrators and tutors.

Additional Information