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CHNG3804: Biochemical Engineering (2018 - Semester 2)

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Unit: CHNG3804: Biochemical Engineering (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior
Faculty/School: School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Kavanagh, John
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: CHNG2801 AND CHNG2803 AND CHNG2804 AND ((CHNG2802 AND CHNG2806) OR AMME2960).
Brief Handbook Description: 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 quizzes, assignments and exams.
Assumed Knowledge: Enrolment in this unit of study assumes that all core chemical engineering units of study in second year have been successfully completed.
Lecturer/s: Dr Kavanagh, John
Tutor/s: TBA
Timetable: CHNG3804 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Project Work - in class 2.00 1 13
3 Laboratory 4.00 1 2
4 Independent Study 13
T&L Activities: Project Work - in class: Self directed group learning sessions.

Laboratory: Each group will conduct two experiments according to a schedule that will be given to class at the beginning of semester. Laboratory practice will be commenced from week 3.

Independent Study: Students are expected to spend about 3-4 hours of ‘self directed learning’ outside the specified contact periods.

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Tutorials, projects and laboratory practices are provided to promote problem solving skills of the students Design (Level 3)
Develops the skills and tools needed for engineering practice - systems understanding of large classes of behavior. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
The students will learn the fundamental aspects of biochemical engineering. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
The students will obtain the skills to conduct research independently in new area and promote their critical thinking. Information Seeking (Level 3)
Team work, oral presentation, and writing report were designed to improve communication skills of the students. Communication (Level 3)
The assessments will promote the student`s responsibily for their performance.. Professional Conduct (Level 3)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
1. An appreciation of the underlying principles of biochemical engineering.
2. An ability to cope with experimental data, change and uncertainty through critical thinking.
Design (Level 3)
3. The ability to apply these skills to new and novel situations.
4. The development of an integrated suite of problem-solving skills needed to successfully handle novel (and previously unseen) engineering situations.
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
5. The ability to critically analyse different types of biochemical engineering processes and to improve these processes consistent with the principles of biochemical engineering.
Information Seeking (Level 3)
6. An ability to independently research new areas and be critical of what is found.
Communication (Level 3)
7. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely.
Professional Conduct (Level 3)
8. Professionalism in terms of taking responsibility for the results of their calculations and recommendations.
Project and Team Skills (Level 3)
9. Interpersonal, group and teamwork.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Tutorials Yes 15.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9,
2 Lab Skills Yes 20.00 Multiple Weeks 2, 6, 7, 9,
3 Mid-Sem Exam No 25.00 Week 8 1, 3, 7,
4 Final Exam No 40.00 Exam Period 1, 3, 7,
Assessment Description: Final Exam: This exam will be for assessment of individual student`s performance.

Mid-Sem Exam: The exam is designed to assess the student`s performance individually.

Project: Projects will be given each two weeks and it is for group of two students. The due date for submission of project will be two weeks.

Lab Skills: Each group will conduct three experiments during the semester. each group needs to submit a report for the laboratory work that involve calculation and research.

Presentation/Seminar: A topic will be elected by each group relevant to advances in biochemical engineering processes; each group will conduct literature survey and prepare a presentation.
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioprocess Engineering Principles

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Fundamentals of bioprocess engineering : History of biochemical engineering; review of metabolism; quantification of cell growth and metabolism; modelling of microbial growth; fermenter design, sterilisation, aeration; bioseparations.
Application Examples : Industrial yeast production and brewing; amino acid production; cheese manufacture; computer applications;
animal/plant cell technology; genetic engineering; wastewater
treatment; biotechnology regulation.
Introduction to microbiology and biochemistry; Enzyme and immobilisation; System measurement; Kinetics and modeling; Bioreactor design and operation; bioreactor operation; down stream processing; biofuel processing, wastewater treatment, Site visit to bioengineering companies
Week 2 Introduction to biochemistry
Week 3 Metabolism ‘ Introduction to safety in laboratory
Week 4 Enzyme and immobilisation
Week 5 week in industry
Week 6 Kinetics and modelling
Week 7 Bioreactor design and operation
Week 8 Mid-semester Quiz
Assessment Due: Mid-Sem Exam
Week 9 Bioreactor operation
Week 10 Down stream processing
Week 11 Bio-remediation
Week 12 Bioremediation/Waste water treatment
Week 13 Wastewater treatment
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Biomedical - Chemical and Biomolecular Major 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2018
Chemical & Biomolecular (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Chemical & Biomolecular Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Law 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Biomedical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Biomedical 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Chemical & Biomolecular / Commerce 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular / Medical Science 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular / Project Management 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular / Law 2015
Biomedical - Mechanical Major 2018

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) Yes 28.81%
Design (Level 3) Yes 25.95%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4) Yes 2.14%
Information Seeking (Level 3) Yes 7.14%
Communication (Level 3) Yes 28.81%
Professional Conduct (Level 3) Yes 0%
Project and Team Skills (Level 3) No 7.14%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.