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CHNG3804: Biochemical Engineering (2019 - 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: None.
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: CHNG2801 AND CHNG2802 AND CHNG2803 AND CHNG2806 or equivalents
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 an experiment 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.

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.

(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3)
1. Independently research new areas and be critical of what is found.
2. Communicate clearly and concisely.
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3)
3. Professionalism in terms of taking responsibility for the results of their calculations and recommendations.
4. Interpersonal, group and teamwork.
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 3)
5. Critically analyse different types of biochemical engineering processes and to improve these processes consistent with the principles of biochemical engineering.
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4)
6. Appreciate the underlying principles of biochemical engineering.
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3)
7. Able to cope with experimental data, change and uncertainty through critical thinking.
8. The ability to apply these skills to new and novel situations.
9. Use an integrated suite of problem-solving skills to successfully handle novel (and previously unseen) engineering situations.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Projects Yes 15.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9,
2 Laboratory Yes 20.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 4, 7,
3 Mid-Sem Exam No 25.00 Week 8 2, 6, 8,
4 Final Exam No 40.00 Exam Period 2, 6, 8,
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 an experiment during the semester, and submit a report. Marks may be allocated for the organisation before the laboratory, the performance in the laboratory and the laboratory report. The report will involve calculations, data analysis and research.
Grading:
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 http://sydney.edu.au/policies . 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 http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ 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 https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction and Course Organisation. History of biochemical Engineering.
Application Examples : Industrial yeast production and brewing; amino acid production; cheese manufacture; computer applications;
Week 2 Introduction to biochemistry and microbiology, Industrially important microorganisms.
Week 3 Modelling Cell Growth and Laboratory Safety Induction
Week 4 Types of Bioreactors
Week 5 Week in industry for BE Chemical, Heat and Mass Transfer Introduction for MPE
Week 6 Heat and Mass Transfer and Mixing in Bioreactors
Week 7 Bioreactor design and operation
Week 8 Mid-semester Quiz
Assessment Due: Mid-Sem Exam
Week 9 Bioseparations 1
Week 10 Enzymatic Processes
Week 11 Wastewater treatment
Week 12 Guest Lecture TBD
Week 13 Bioprocess economics
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
Chemical & Biomolecular (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Chemical & Biomolecular / Arts 2019
Chemical & Biomolecular / Commerce 2019, 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular / Science 2019
Chemical & Biomolecular/Science (Health) 2019
Chemical & Biomolecular / Law 2019, 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Chemical & Biomolecular/ Project Management 2019
Chemical & Biomolecular/Science (Medical Science Stream) 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 / Medical Science 2015, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Project Management 2015

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3) No 35.95%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3) No 7.14%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 3) No 2.14%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 3) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 3) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4) No 23.81%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3) No 30.95%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) No 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.