Note: This unit version is currently being edited and is subject to change!

CHNG5607: Advanced Biochemical Engineering [not offered in 2019] (2020 - Semester 1)

Download UoS Outline

Unit: CHNG5607: Advanced Biochemical Engineering [not offered in 2019] (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Kavanagh, John
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: Working in the 21st century bioeconomy requires advanced knowledge of a range of bioreactors.

This course covers the modelling of bioreactors from very large to very small scale systems.

The modelling of such systems will include the kinetics, transport phemonema and mixing problems that inevitably arise.

Examples will be drawn from bio-commodities, bio-specialty chemicals and bio-pharmaceuticals industries.

The course will develop students skills in analysing and designing such bioreactor systems.
Assumed Knowledge: CHNG2802 AND CHNG2806 AND CHNG3803 AND CHNG3804. Students who have not completed the units listed as assumed knowledge should consult the coordinator before enrolling in the course.
Additional Notes: This unit of study is for Masters students and can be selected as an elective by 4th year students.
Timetable: CHNG5607 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 3.00 1 13
3 Project Work - own time 4.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Lectures; Interactive lectures will be used to introduce concepts, mathematical and computational methods and approaches to solving problems.

Project Work - in class: A group project will be used to develop skills and knowledge in Advanced Bioreactor Modelling. In class group sessions will help focus on the project assigned.

Project Work - own time: Students are expected to work on the project during the week independently of in class sessions.

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
This course will require students to develop designs for a range of bioreactor systems Chemical Engineering Applications (Core Chemical Engineering Part 3) (Level 5)
This course will develop students abilities to analyse the kinetic and transport limitations of bioreactors. Solution Development and Testing (Level 5)
Students will work in groups to tackle complex and open ended problems. Creative Team Culture (Level 5)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018.

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.

Chemical Engineering Applications (Core Chemical Engineering Part 3) (Level 5)
1. Students will be able to analyse bioreactors from in terms of kinetic and transport processes
2. Students will be able to design a range of bioreactors
3. Students will use current and classic research papers to design advanced bioreactors
4. Students will undertake design work in teams
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Large Scale Fermentation Modelling Yes 25.00 Week 5 1, 2, 3, 4,
2 Solid State Bioreactor Modelling Yes 25.00 Week 9 1, 2, 3, 4,
3 Bioreactor Design Report Yes 25.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4,
4 Quiz No 25.00 Week 7 1, 2,
Assessment Description: Students will undertake 3 group projects and an individual quiz. The first two group projects will be on assigned problems and will be largely calculation based. The final project will be on a topic of the groups choosing and will include a design for the particular bioreactor. The projects will be conducted in groups, and you will treat your group as an engineering team that will work together to solve the required problems. These problems resemble industrial and commercialisation challenges, and you are highly encouraged to participate, as all members of the team may not be awarded the same mark. A quiz will also be used to assess individual performance.
Assessment Feedback: Formative feedback will be given for the the projects.
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.

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

Week Description
Week 1 Lecture/Tutorial: Course Introduction - Non Ideal Bioreactors
Week 2 Lecture/Tutorial: Large Scale Liquid Fermentation
Week 3 Lecture/Tutorial: Large Scale Liquid Fermentation
Week 4 Lecture/Tutorial: Photobioreactors
Week 5 Lecture/Tutorial: Photobioreactors
Assessment Due: Large Scale Fermentation Modelling
Week 6 Lecture/Tutorial: Solid State Fermentation
Week 7 Lecture/Tutorial: Solid State Fermentation
Assessment Due: Quiz
Week 8 Lecture/Tutorial: Cellular growth in Scaffolds
Week 9 Lecture/Tutorial: Cellular Growth in Scaffolds
Assessment Due: Solid State Bioreactor Modelling
Week 10 Attached growth processes
Week 11 Lecture/Tutorial: Engineered Cell Systems
Week 12 Lecture/Tutorial: Engineered Cell Systems
Week 13 Lecture/Tutorial: Course Revision
Assessment Due: Bioreactor Design Report

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Chemical & Biomolecular 2018, 2019, 2020, 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Commerce 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular / Medical Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Chemical & Biomolecular / Science 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular / Law 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Engineering 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Chemical & Biomolecular) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical & Biomolecular) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Chemical Engineering Applications (Core Chemical Engineering Part 3) (Level 5) Yes 100%
Problem Identification and Analysis (Level 5) No 0%
Solution Development and Testing (Level 5) Yes 0%
Broad-Based Inquiry & Research (Level 5) No 0%
Professional Communication (Level 5) No 0%
Creative Team Culture (Level 5) Yes 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 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.