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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
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||10 credits (5 ECTS credits)|
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
This course is only available to candidates following an honours degree programme.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
1st Attempt: Three-hour written examination (80%) and continuous assessment (20%). Resit: Three-hour written examination (100%).
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.