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MEng Chemical Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

Course unit details:
Engineering Biotechnology

Unit code CHEN10162
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Department of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Overview

This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 20/21 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact.  Please see Blackboard / course unit related emails for any further updates.

•           Biotechnology in our lives and the role of chemical engineers (Introduction)

•           Fundamental Microbiology and Biochemistry

•           Basic Biochemical Reactions (Rate Expressions)

•           Enzymes and Enzyme Kinetics

•           Batch Cultures of microorganisms

•           Sterilisation and Biosafety

•           Bioreactor Configurations

•           Downstream Processing

 

 

Aims

The unit aims to:

Provide students with an introduction to the fundamentals of biotechnology and bioprocess engineering emphasising the chemical engineering aspects.

 

Learning outcomes

ILO 1.Define biotechnology and its different applications to identify the roles of the chemical engineer in this area

ILO 2.Integrate the fundamentals of chemical engineering with those of biology with an appreciation of the constraints this imposes on engineering design

ILO 3.Describe the main components of a bioprocess

ILO 4.Interpret experimental data relating to biotechnological processes such as growth curves

ILO 5.Formulate simple mathematical models of a bio-reaction system

ILO 6.Apply basic concepts of enzyme and microbial kinetics to the design of bioreactors and bioprocesses

ILO 7.Describe the main methods of sterilisation and issues of biosafety.

ILO 8. Describe downstream processes and their suitability for different bioproducts.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures supported by problem solving sessions.

Blackboard is used to provide post-lecture notes, additional resources, model answers for tutorial problems.

Supplementary information is also provided to further illustrate the underpinning fundamental science and engineering concepts.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 30%
Written exam 70%

 

Assessment task

Length

Weighting within unit

Continuous assessment

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30%

Exam style assessment

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70%

 

Feedback methods

Assessment Task Length How and when feedback is provided Weighting within unit (if relevant)
Examination 1.5 hours Generic exam feedback form after exam board 100%

 

Recommended reading

  1. Doran, P. Bioprocess Engineering Principles, 2nd Edition (2013). Academic Press, ISBN: 978-0-12-220851-5. Joule Library, available online.
  2. Ratledge C, Basic Biotechnology, 2nd Edition (2001), Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0521779170, Joule Library 663.1/RAT
  3. Glazer, A.N. & Nikaido, H. “Microbial Biotechnology” 2nd Edition (2007). W.H. Freeman and Co. ISBN 0-716-72608-4.  Joule Library, 663.1/GLA
  4. Voet, D & Voet, J.G. “Biochemistry” 3rd Edition (2005). Wiley Higher Education. ISBN: 0-471-19350-X.  Joule Library, 612.015/VOE

All reading lists now must be managed through the library tool at: https://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/using-the-library/staff/reading-lists/

 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 24
Independent study hours
Independent study 76

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Hosameldin Anwar Mohamed Abdel Aleem Unit coordinator
Abdullatif Alfutimie Unit coordinator

Additional notes

This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 20/21 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact.  Please see Blackboard / course unit related emails for any further updates.

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