ENCH281-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Principles Of Biology For Engineers

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


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 and is a pre-requisite for ENGR407.  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:

  • Appreciate that a cell as a basic unit of life whether animal, plant or microorganism, 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 I (as an engineer) want to manipulate biological processes, then it is crucial that an understanding of the molecular composition, metabolism and/or organismal limitations/capabilities of the process is understood (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, and between microorganisms and the environment (assessment items: lab quizzes and write-ups).
  • Understand the importance and capabilities of microorganisms in industrial processes (assessment items: lab quizzes and final exam).

    Transferable Skills Register
    As a student in this course, I will develop the following skills:
    1. Completing tasks in a laboratory. Important in many science- and engineering-related courses and jobs. A laboratory manual with instructions on what is required in each lab session will be provided.
    2. 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 ENCH281 mid-term tests and end-of-term exam questions available on Learn, and will provide feedbacks on any submitted answers to these questions.


Subject to approval of the Dean of Engineering and Forestry.


Course Coordinator

Carlo Carere


Matthew Stott , David Leung and Grant Pearce

Solving problems in small teams and collaborative learning when working on assignments is encouraged. However direct copying will result is reduced or zero marks for all students involved. The assignments are mainly a tool to prepare you for the exams. We advise you to try them individually before collaborating in groups.

Students with concerns about the course should contact the course coordinator, (David Leung), director of 1st Pro Studies (Ken Morison), or the Head of Department (Prof. Peter Gostomski).

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $986.00

International fee $5,500.00

* 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

  • ENCH281-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021