Faculty of Science

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Science, Malaysia


Dr Choo Wee Sim



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


In this unit, students will be introduced to typical biochemical processes, from feedstock supply, reaction, separation and utilities. Treatment and storage of the feedstock/product will also be examined. The subject will focus on the operation and choice of typical equipment and processes. Safety issues and financial impact will be highlighted.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of typical symbols and terminology used in food processing industries;

  1. Describe upstream and downstream processes and equipment;

  1. Describe typical bioreactor steps employed in a bioprocess operation;

  1. Demonstrate understanding of simple equipment design;

  1. Comprehend the effect of financial and safety aspects on process design;

  1. Demonstrate communication and report writing skills;

  1. Exhibit team work skills.


Examination: 60%
Continuous assessment [one major assignment (presentation and report, one field trip report and one laboratory practical report]: 40%

Workload requirements

Weekly: two hours of lectures, two hours of tutorials/project work and eight hours of self-study

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


Either CHM1022 or CHM1052, and FST1800