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Unit of study_

CHNG3804: Biochemical Engineering

Biochemical engineering is increasingly playing an important role in technology to modern society. The engineers with knowledge of various aspects of biochemical processes are tremendously valuable. The course will examine cutting edge examples of biochemical technologies across a broad range of applications relevant to chemical engineering. The specific objectives of this course are to understand the history and scope of the biotechnology industry; examine the role of biochemical engineering in the industrial application of biotechnology and its development. We will provide an understanding of the major fundamental aspects of biochemical engineering and implementing the knowledge acquired to some selected industrial applications. At the completion of this unit of study students should have developed an appreciation of the underlying principles of biochemical engineering and the ability to apply these skills to new and novel situations. The students will be able to critically analyse different types of biochemical engineering processes and to improve these processes consistent with the principles of biochemical engineering. Students are encouraged to engage in an interactive environment for exchange of information and develop problem-solving skills for successfully handling challenging engineering situations. This course will be assessed by projects, an interview and a final exam.

Code CHNG3804
Academic unit Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
CHNG2801, CHNG2802, CHNG2803 AND CHNG2806 or equivalents

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Identify the key microorganisms used in biochemical engineering and critically review literature on the future directions of biochemical engineering.
  • LO2. Compare process options using metabolic pathway diagrams to determine process yields and design options
  • LO3. Evaluate strain development and selection options for industrial bioprocesses
  • LO4. Develop models for growth and production of bioprocesses
  • LO5. Analyse and design bioprocesses including bioreactors and separation processes
  • LO6. Apply biochemical engineering design principles to exisating and new bioprocesses
  • LO7. Communicate clearly in written, graphical and oral forms
  • LO8. Work effectively in a team to design biochemical engineering processes.
  • LO9. Use professional judgement to determine whether proposed solutions are practical, ethical and financially viable

Unit outlines

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