Postgraduate

NUS8103 : BioSafety Engineering and Occupational Health

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0

Aims

Course can be CPD course

This module aims to provide students with the fundamental principles and concepts of how biological hazards encountered in biopharmaceutical and processes involving biological entities can lead to health and safety risks. The module equips students with the competency to design, engineer and operate inherently safer plants involving biological agents. In the second part of the module, it also aims to introduce how chemicals, biological entities and environmental factors can lead to ill health and safety in the workplace. The module further equips students with the competency to design and implement engineering controls and safe working systems and practices to ensure safe and healthy environments for employees and the community.

Outline Of Syllabus

1.       Introduction to biological hazards involving microorganisms, animal cells and tissues, genetically modified organisms and viruses
2.       Biological agent group classification and legislation governing biological agents
3.       Dispersion of microorganisms and route of infection
4.       Analytical methods for detecting and identifying biological agents
5.       Aseptic techniques, contamination control and containment
6.       Thermal inactivation, disinfection, irradiation and other contamination control methods
7.       Inherently safer bioreactor design and operation
8.       Occupational health associated with exposure to chemicals, dust, and physical hazards such as electromagnetic hazards, noise, vibration, heat, working at height, extreme conditions and confined spaces, and manual handling
9.       Acute and chronic toxicology, LD, LC, lethal dose and TLVs STELs
10.       Fatigue, psychological and social stress
11.       Biomedical health measurement techniques
12.       Human Factor and Organisational Behaviour when exposed to extreme working conditions
13.       Occupied building and safe building design and operation including industrial hygiene, ventilation, containment, safety appliances, personal protection equipment and ergonomics
14.       Safe System of Work

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture182:0036:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Closed-book exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Revision for exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion135:0035:00A1 coursework including background research
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching131:0013:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study181:0018:00Lecture follow-up
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study182:0036:00Tutorial preparation
Total150:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching is mainly via lectures and tutorial with small group discussions during class. This is complemented with self-study and preparation of tutorial solutions, class test and final examination in order to provide feedback on student learning. Teaching materials are made available to the students online in order for self-study and preparation in their own pace. Tutorial classes enable students to ask questions and clarify any doubts.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A60N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M402000 words coursework assignment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written exam enables students to demonstrate understanding and apply knowledge and skills learnt to solving engineering problems. Coursework assignment provide students more time to think about larger problem and provide engineering solutions to it and present it in a written report.

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