ENGR407-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Bioprocess Engineering 1

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


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

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.

Topics covered include biochemical engineering; bacterial, plant and animal cell culturing; enzymes, metabolism and metabolic engineering (ME); genetic engineering (GE), GE Medical and industrial applications, molecular biology for bioprocessing; industrial microbiology, bioproducts, and bioreactors.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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

Timetable Note

36 lectures, 2 assignments, a lab report (based on all lab activities), mid-term test and end of semester examination. Assessment completion and special consideration: Students should submit the assignments on required dates and time. Any delays without approval by the lecturer(s) will incur a penalty with exact mark reduction depending on the days of delay.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Carlo Carere


Rachael Wood


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Assignment 1 10% Due week 5
Assignment 2 10% Due week 12
Final Exam 45%
Lab report 10% Due week 8
Test 18 Sep 2023 25% Week 8

Textbooks / Resources

The materials to be taught will be selected from a number of references including recently published books and journal papers, and these references will be provided at the lectures.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,164.00

International fee $5,750.00

* 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 .

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  • ENGR407-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023