Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
Organisational UnitDepartment of Chemical Engineering
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Malaysia Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Lizhong He (Clayton) / Prof Tey Beng Ti (Malaysia)


Quantitative and analytical skills required for biochemical and bioprocess engineering will be covered. The relationships between chemical engineering principles and approaches and biology will be explored. Knowledge about the operational considerations for suspended cultures, immobilized cultures, bioreactors, scaling, process selection, and operation of bioprocess unit operations will be discussed and worked on through calculations.


On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. apply principles of fluid flow, mixing, heat transfer and mass transfer to analyse bioreactors
  2. assess the performance of bioreactors and trouble-shoot operational problems
  3. solve engineering problems related to the design and operation of bioreactors and bioprocesses
  4. apply principles of biochemical engineering to analyse and assess special topics such as synthetic biology, animal and plant cell culture, and tissue engineering
  5. solve technical and practical issues in commercial bioprocessing


Continuous assessment: 50%
Final examination: 50%
Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

2 hours lectures, 2 hours of practice sessions/tutor mediated group work/laboratory work and 7 hours of private study per week

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