Full Title:Bioremediation & Bioenergy
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:AGRI S9Z06
Credits: 7.5
Valid From:Semester 2 - 2018/19 ( February 2019 )
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Description:This module focuses on issues of current importance to the agriculture sector in the areas of bioremediation and bioenergy. This module examines recent developments in the areas of bioremediation, bioenergy and biofuel development, including consideration of regulatory and ethical aspects where appropriate.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Critically evaluate existing and emerging technologies in the area of bioremediation.
  2. Examine, evaluate and apply the fundamental principles, operating criterias and design options for the conversion of biomass to bioenergy.
  3. Appraise the environmental impact, efficiency and sustainability of current and future energy sources and uses.
  4. Critically reflect on regulatory and ethical issues related to energy production.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Fundamental principles; Site characterization; In situ and ex situ techniques for treating soils and aquatic systems contaminated by pollutants including hydrocarbons, solvents, pesticides and dioxins; Bioreactor design and application; Bioremediation using adapted cultures and genetically-engineered microbes; Phytoremediation; Phycoremediation.
Sustainable Bioenergy Production
Technical and economic feasibility and environmental sustainability of different biomass feedstocks; Sustainable energy options in agriculture; Bioenergy processing technologies (Fermentation, transesterification, anaerobic digestion, pyrolysis, gasification); Design and analyses of bioenergy production systems; Different biorefinery systems and concepts including lignocellulosic feedstock, microalgae, whole-crop and green biorefinery; Emerging technologies.
Energy Smart Agriculture
Global energy trends; Energy security; Sustainable energy options in Agriculture; Direct and indirect energy consumption in Agriculture; Energy efficiency and energy conservation; Energy inputs and GHG emissions. Methods of energy analysis; Carbon balances; Use of biomass and biomass waste for carbon-neutral production of biofuel, electricity and biofertilizers.
Energy Policy and Regulation
EU legislation and energy policy (RES-Directive, Biofuels Directive); Overview of National Regulations (National Renewable Energy Action Plans); Emissions trading.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Group Project Students will work in a group to conduct a detailed energy analysis of a selected agricultural system. 4 20.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Practical/Skills Evaluation The students will complete an advanced laboratory class in fermentation technology during which they will work in groups to design and carry out their own experiment to produce bioethanol from selected sugar substrates. Students will be required to submit a comprehensive report on the experiment. 2 20.00 0 0 n/a 0
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam Students will be asked to answer 3 out of 4 questions. 1,2,3,4 60.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Weekly lectures will be delivered in 1 x 3 hour block which will allow time for group discussion and student engagement. All lecture notes will be provided to the students through a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). This VLE will also be used for access to helpful YouTube video clips, pod casts and peer reviewed publications of interest to the course. 2.77 Every Week 2.77
Practical Advanced laboratory practical class in Fermentation Technology 6.00 Once per semester 0.40
Lecture Master class 'Energy efficiency analysis in Agriculture' 3.00 Once per semester 0.20
Online Contact Online Discussion Forum 1.00 Twice per semester 0.13
Independent Study No Description 6.00 Every Week 6.00
Directed Reading No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 11.50
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.50
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Pepper, I. L., Gerba, C.P., Gentry, T.J. 2015, Environmental Microbiology, 3rd Ed. Ed., Academic Press
  • Bundschuh, J. & Chen, G. 2014, Sustainable Energy Solutions in Agriculture, CRC Press
  • Hillel, D. 2008, Soil in the Environment, Academic Press
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Boyle, G. 2012, Renewable Energy, 3rd Ed. Ed., Oxford University Press
  • Cushion, E., Whiteman, A., Dieterie, G. 2009, Bioenergy development: Issues and impacts for poverty and natural resource
  • Silveira, S. 2005, Bioenergy: Realising the potential, Oxford University Press
  • Heldt, H-W., Piechulla, B. 2011, Plant Biochemistry, 4th Ed. Ed., Academic Press
Supplementary Article/Paper Resources
  • E.F. Aransiola, T.V. Ojumu, O.O. Oyekola, T.F. Madzimbamuto, 2014, A review of current technology for biodiesel production: State of the art, Biomass and Bioenergy, 61, 276
  • N. Sarkar, S. K. Ghosh, S. Bannerjee, K. Aikat 2012, Bioethanol production from agricultural wastes: An overview, Renewable Energy, 37, 19
  • M. Balat 2011, Production of bioethanol from lignocellulosic materials via the biochemical, 52, 858
  • J. Mata-Alvarez, J.Dosta, M.S.Romero-Güiza, X.Fonoll, M.Peces, S.Astals 2014, A critical review on anaerobic co-digestion achievements between 2010 and 2013, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 36, 383
  • H. Long, X. Li, H. Wang, J. Jia 2013, Biomass resources and their bioenergy potential estimation:Areview, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 26, 344
  • L. López-Bellidoa, J. Wery, R. J. López-Bellido 2014, Energy crops: Prospects in the context of sustainable agriculture, European Journal of Agronomy, 60, 1
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
752 Certificate in Environmental Biotechnology 2 Mandatory
DK_SAGBI_9 Master of Science in Agricultural Biotechnology 2 Mandatory
DK_SAGPD_9 Postgraduate Diploma in Agricultural Biotechnology 2 Mandatory