CHE3171 - Bioprocess technology - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Department of Chemical Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Mark Banaszak Holl


Dr Lizhong He (Clayton)
Professor Tey Beng Ti (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


CHM1011 or CHM1051 or CHM1022 or CHM1052 or CHM2735 or PSC1021 or PSC1022


This unit explores how scalable, commercially viable process-unit operations are harnessed by the biotechnology industry for the production of valuable biomolecules (eg recombinant proteins, peptides, vaccines, enzymes, and nucleic acids). The design, operation and economic issues surrounding large-scale biomolecular process equipment including bioreactors, filtration systems, chromatographic columns, sterilisation and aseptic operation, auxiliary equipment and the associated control systems will be considered. The wider biotechnology environment will be considered especially with regards to GxP, national and international regulatory bodies, biosafety and commercialisation.


At the successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Describe biological systems and molecules and how these are harnessed in biotechnology.
  2. Analyse the performance of unit operations involved in bioprocessing.
  3. Generate a process flow diagram for a bioprocessing plant.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Assignments/Tests/Laboratory: 50% + Examination (2 hours): 50%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, 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, 3 hours practical classes and 7 hours of private study per week.

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