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Course Overview

The aim of the course is to provide students with an understanding of the industrial relevance of common biochemical processes and to allow them to model, analyse, and design such systems.

This course introduces the fundamentals of microbiology and biochemistry, the main cell constituents, DNA, RNA, enzymes, membranes. The kinetics of enzymatic reaction and of microbial growth is reviewed. The mass and heat transfer theory developed as part of other courses is applied to biochemical process. The design methodology for biochemical processes is described. Typical biochemical processes are described, including beer, whisky, penicillin, monoclonal antibody, wastewater treatment

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 10 credits (5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Davide Dionisi

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Course Description

1.      Main constituents of a microorganism: cell structure, DNA, RNA, enzymes, membranes

2.      Kinetics of enzymatic reactions

3.      Kinetics of microbial growth, substrate utilisation and product formation

4.      Biochemical reactors: batch and continuous processes

5.      Transfer phenomena in biochemical reactors: substrate, oxygen and heat transfer

6.      Reactor design and scale up.

7.      Examples of biotechnological process: beer, whisky, penicillin, monoclonal antibody, wastewater treatment

Further Information & Notes

This course is only available to candidates following an honours degree programme.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Three-hour written examination (80%) and continuous assessment (20%). Resit: Three-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Solutions to tutorial solutions is provided. Students are expected to ask for feedback on their level of understanding at the weekly feedback/tutorial sessions.
Tutorial questions will be handed in each week.
Students requiring feedback on the exam should make appointments within this session to see the Course Coordinator.

Course Learning Outcomes


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