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D24BS6 Brewery Waste Management and Environmental Issues
(Last Updated:14 July 2017)

Year  12/13

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Students registered for MSc in Brewing Science

Taught Semesters:

Spring Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module considers water effluents, waste treatments and disposal and conversion of waste streams into valuable co-products. Students are introduced to scientific principles and relevance to industrial practice of: Sources of water, forms of treatment and the characterization of waste water, Life Cycle Analysis principle and application • Carbon footprint • The disposal of brewery effluents • Disposal and potential uses of spent grains • Disposal and potential uses of spent yeast • Reduction in energy consumption in the brewery and other topics related to maturation of beer as deemed Module Web Links:
  • Brewery waste management and Env. Issues
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    Method and Frequency of Class:
    Specific Activities are not listed

    Method of Assessment: 

    Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
    Exam 1 80 1.5 h written exam 
    Coursework 1 20 Group problem based learning exercise 

    Dr C Du

    Education Aims:  To provide an understanding of the underlying science and technology of Waste Management and Environmental Issues. The module forms a part of the ‘brewing process’ component of the MSc in Brewing Science and forms a core knowledge base for students studying the cross-disciplinary parts of the course in subsequent years.

    Learning Outcomes:  Knowledge and understanding of: Al: The fundamental, cross-disciplinary principles and practices that underpin brewery waste management and environmental issues and their commercial and research applications. A2: A range of key, specialist information primarily focussed on waste management and environmental issues for the brewing and associated industries. A3: The ways in which industry is utilising fundamental and applied research findings. A5: A range of relevant practical techniques and methodologies and their uses, together with appropriate procedures for analysis and presentation of biological data. A1, A2 and A3 are learnt through a combination of e-learning, lectures, individual consultations and literature study. A3 is highlighted through external staff contributions to modules. Theoretical aspects of A5 are learnt, practised and assessed within an industrial context. Assessment of A1, 2 and 3 is achieved by a combination of unseen written examinations and the preparation of an oral presentation and a report. A5 is assessed is achieved by the construction of a case study. Intellectual skills – the ability to: B1: Critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in the fields of waste management and environmental issues and allied disciplines. B2: Acquire substantial quantities of information systematically and process it selectively and effectively. B3: Develop ideas, form opinions and make interpretations based upon the use of information from a wide variety of sources. Acquisition of these skills is initiated through e-learning, lectures, tutorials, and industrial visits. The skills are developed further through student-centred learning exercises allied to coursework requirements (summative assessments) and/or formative activities promoted by the provision of supplementary literature. Assessment of intellectual skills is mainly achieved via essay-style written examinations coupled with formative and summative assessments of acquisitional and interpretational skills using coursework elements including an essay and case study. Professional/practical skills – the ability to: C2: Search for and retrieve information from a wide range of sources including electronic and print systems. C3: Present scientific data in a range of formats (case study report, abstract and verbal presentations) to a standard consistent with the expectations of the professional scientific community. C4: Work safely in laboratory and industrial environments and respond appropriately to relevant safety issues especially issues of handling (and containment) for biological material. Advanced practical skills relevant to brewing waste management and environmental issues per se (C1 and C4) are taught during lectures and discussed during tutorial sessions. C2 and C3 are acquired throughout the directed reading and assignments. C4 is not explicitly assessed but is reinforced by the compulsory completion relevant safety training programmes prior to and during industrial visits. Transferable/key skills – the ability to : Dl: Communicate effectively in written, verbal and visual forms. D2: Critically appraise and present information from a wide range of sources D3: Use general IT tools, Internet and other learning resources to generate concise scientific overviews and to advance their own knowledge base. D4: Act autonomously and exercise personal responsibility in planning and implementing tasks D5: Participate effectively in team working activities. D1-D4 are introduced and developed largely through guided, self-directed learning throughout the programme predominantly via coursework elements. Skills D1-D4 are necessary to complete examinations and coursework to a satisfactory standard and thus are assessed throughout the module via the respective module assessment methods. D5 is practised and assessed during the execution of the Case Study.

    Offering School:  Biosciences

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