ENGR407-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Bioprocess Engineering 1

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


Engineering biochemistry covering enzyme kinetics, metabolism and applied molecular biology.

Biochemical engineering, cell organelles, enzymes, metabolism and metabolic engineering (ME); genetic engineering (GE), GE Medical and industrial applications, molecular biology for bioprocessing; industrial microbioly, bioproducts, and bioreactors.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students should be conversant in the language of biology and biochemistry, and understand the how to grow and manipulate biological systems to produce useful commercial materials or consume chemical wastes.

    After completing this course, students will understand 'upstream' bioprocess engineering issues and applications. Students are expected to be able to:
  • Understand the language of biology and biochemistry.
  • Understand different tools that can be used to grow, regulate, manipulate and scale-up biological fermentations.
  • Understand different bioreactor configurations and their operation.
  • Understand microbial growth and enzyme kinetics.
  • Understand the importance of upstream bioprocess engineering to the production of different bioproducts and industrial applications.


ENCH281 or subject to approval of the Director of Studies

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Carlo Carere


Rachael Wood


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Final Exam 45% Final Exam
Assignment 1 13 Aug 2021 5% Assignment 1
Assignment 2 27 Aug 2021 5% Assignment 2
Test 16 Sep 2021 25% Test
Lab Report 08 Oct 2021 10% Lab Report
Assignment 3 22 Oct 2021 10% Assignment 3

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Ratledge, Colin. , Kristiansen, B; Basic biotechnology ; 3rd ed; Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Shuler, Michael L. , Kargi, Fikret; Bioprocess engineering : basic concepts ; 2nd ed; Prentice Hall, 2002.


Students with concerns about the course should contact any of the lecturers listed above, or Carlo Carere, the Year 3 Director of Studies.

General Policies of the Department
Students may obtain the general policies of the University from the website. For example:

Special considerations: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/study/special-consideration/  

Academic Appeals of Assessments: Students with concerns about assessment processes or grades should be advised to speak first with the relevant lecturer. If the matter cannot be resolved, then the student should meet and discuss the matter with the Head of Department/School and thereafter follow the procedures outlined in the University procedures http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/media/documents/postgraduate-/Academic-Appeals-Grievances-Principles-Procedures.pdf  and regulations http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/regulations/general-regulations/academic-appeals-and-grievance-regulations/

Reconsideration of grades: If you are concerned that your final grade may be incorrect it is suggested (for CAPE) that you make an informal query to the course coordinator, but you may follow the official procedures: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/study/examinations/result-dates-and-appeals/

Disabilities: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/disability/

ENCH281 or subject to approval of the 2nd Pro Director of Studies of Chemical and Process Engineering.

Additional Course Outline Information

Assessment and grading system

Students may apply for special consideration if their performance in an assessment worth 10% or more is affected by circumstances including illness, bereavement, and some sporting events. Please see http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/ for more information or ask the course coordinator. If students are unable to complete assessment items worth less than 10% of the course, or feel that their performance was or could be impaired, they should contact the course coordinator for special consideration. Such requests should be made before the assessment completion date - requests after this time will only be considered under special circumstances. Students prevented by circumstances from completing the course after the final date for withdrawing, may apply for special consideration for late discontinuation of the course. Applications must be submitted to the Examinations Office within five days of the end of the main examination period for the semester.

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 ENGR407 Occurrences

  • ENGR407-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021