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CE10079: Bioprocess engineering fundamentals

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2018/9
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Chemical Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Examination (EX 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To provide students with key concepts pertinent to bioprocess engineering that relate to the production of industrial products and services.

Learning Outcomes:
After successfully completing this unit students will be able to:
* Translate biological concepts to modern process industries.
* Rationally design biovehicles to deliver molecules to cells.
* Calculate receptor affinity for ligands and receptor saturation in the context of molecule delivery.
* Quantify cell growth kinetics as well as death kinetics and design conditions for optimal cell growth from culture conditions.
* Numerically and graphically calculate product formation from enzymes (biological catalysts) and quantify biochemical thermodynamics for cell energy expenditure.
* Carryout material balances on a cell.


* Develop a knowledge base and industrial awareness of bioprocesses (T, F, A)
* Be able to recognise and apply appropriate tools and methodologies to design bioprocesses (T, A)
* Critically analyse information and problem solving (T, F, A)


* An introduction to forms and structures of lipids and applications to make biovehicles
* An understanding of shape factor of micelles; critical micelle concentration
* Uptake mechanisms; receptor-molecule kinetics; receptor saturation
* DNA replication; cell growth kinetics (including death); modelling profiles
* Protein synthesis; protein production, scale-up Enzyme kinetics; Michaelis-Menten profile; quantifying enzyme behaviour
* Material balances; conversion of carbohydrates to carbon dioxide and water
* Biochemical thermodynamics; Gibbs energy in the cell; enthalpy from reactions.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

CE10079 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Chemical Engineering
  • UECE-AFB05 : BEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering (Year 1)
  • UECE-AKB05 : BEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 1)
  • UECE-AFM05 : MEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering (Year 1)
  • UECE-AKM05 : MEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 1)