ENCH281-16S2 (C) Semester Two 2016

Principles Of Biology For Engineers

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 11 July 2016
End Date: Sunday, 13 November 2016
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 22 July 2016
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 7 October 2016


An introduction to biology, bioprocessing and biotechnology for engineers.

The aim of this course is to introduce engineers to biology in a general way by providing a framework for understanding life at the cellular and molecular levels and introduce you to microbes and their central role in chemical and process engineering.  The course is especially designed for Engineers.  An understanding of basic chemistry is assumed, but if at any stage you feel that you do not understand the basics of biology and chemistry, then seek help from the course lecturers as soon as possible.

Learning Outcomes

  • As a student in this course, I will develop the ability to:

  • Appreciate the cell as a basic unit of life whether animal, plant or microbe and that the structure and functions of the cell impacts on all other levels of life including organisms, ecosystems and the biosphere (assessment item: final exam).
  • Understand that if engineers want to manipulate biological processes, then it is crucial that they understand their molecular composition and metabolism (assessment items: test and final exam).
  • Analyse and interpret experimental data, as well as accessing and utilising literature on the molecular structure and biochemical interactions between the molecules of life (assessment items: lab quizzes and write-ups).
  • Understand the importance of microbes in industrial biotechnology (assessment items: lab quizzes and final exam).

    Transferable Skills Register
    As a student in this course, I will develop the following skills:
  • Completing tasks in a laboratory. Important in many science- and engineering-related courses and jobs. We will have lab. instructions on what is required in each lab session.
  • Providing required information in a written form of acceptable standard. This is necessary in most science- and engineering-related courses and jobs. We will have previous mid-term test and exam questions on the course Learn site and will provide feedbacks on any submitted answers to these questions.


Subject to approval of the Dean of Engineering and Forestry.


Course Coordinator

For further information see Chemical and Process Engineering Head of Department


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Test on lectures 1 - 12 16 Aug 2016 15%
Lab Test (at the end of each lab) 35%
Exam on lectures 13 - 36 50%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $901.00

International fee $4,863.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Chemical and Process Engineering .

All ENCH281 Occurrences

  • ENCH281-16S2 (C) Semester Two 2016