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CL4538 - Bioprocess Engineering

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Important industrial fermentation and microbial processes; biochemical and molecular biological concepts reviewed; enzyme kinetics; microbial growth and fermentation kinetics; batch, fed-batch and continuous culture modelling; aeration and mass transfer; immobilised cell culture; operation, monitoring and control of fermentation systems; downstream processing; bioprocess design and economics.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate knowledge of fundamental biological concepts and explain the important biological processes occurring in biotechnology and environmental waste-treatment applications;
  • recognise and apply fundamental kinetic models to fit experimental biological growth data;
  • use design equations and kinetic models to determine important operational characteristics of bio-reactors;
  • apply and develop fundamental stoichiometric models to characterise bio-reactions;
  • employ research skills and techniques to investigate a bioprocess.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (10%) - Individual
  • Written > Research report - (25%) - Individual
  • Written > Technical report - (15%) - Individual.
Prerequisites: CL2502 OR CL3010 AND CL3021 AND CL3030


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Madoc Sheehan.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 65 hours was Other - Lectures, tutorials, demonstrations, practicals, site visits and/or seminars. Refer to Subject Outline for details.
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.