6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Postgraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- Second semester 2019 (On-campus)
- Second semester 2019 (Online)
The unit covers biomass reaction engineering including kinetics, reaction/mass transfer limitations, selectivity, improving reaction rates, and homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis. The role of biotechnology including enzymatic reactions, fermentation, selectivity will also be studied together with common separation liquid and liquid-solid separation processes.
Global concepts relevant to biorefineries will be emphasised including the carbon cycle (micro and macro perspectives), overall sustainability of water, energy, and minimising by-products from biorefineries.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
- analyse new developments in fundamental aspects of biorefineries
- assess and critique new advances and applications for biorefineries from a technical perspective
- evaluate and recommend an appropriate biorefining approach for various biomass feedstocks
- review and critique recent biorefinery research literature and synthesise the findings and insights
- create and analyse experimental data to produce an accurate and detailed report
Continuous assessment: 60%
Take-home final examination (case study): 40%
Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component 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.
On-campus enrolments: 2 hours lectures, 3 hours practicals and 7 hours of private study per week, and 8 hours of laboratories during the semester.
Online enrolments: 144 hours of study
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