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CME8020 : Modelling and Control in Bioprocess Systems

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Jarka Glassey
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module is designed to provide understanding of fundamental control and modelling concepts and their application in bioprocessing systems. These issues will be complemented by the introduction of engineering appreciation of bioprocesses.

Outline Of Syllabus

Cell growth and models of growth kinetics. Types of bioreactors.
Mass and heat transfer in bioreactors. Bioreactor design and scale-up.
Instrumentation and control of bioreactors.
Quality by Design and advanced modelling of bioprocesses.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture181:0018:00PiP lectures - if not possible, 3 sync online and the rest non-sync sessions
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion19:009:00Exam revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Seminar series (PiP or synchronous)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study166:0066:00Review lecture material, prepare for small group teaching
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures will introduce basic concepts of control, biochemical engineering, bioreactor design and operation of a bioprocessing plant.

Tutorials and presentation preparation will provide hands-on experience and practice in the above areas.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A100N/A
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises2MFeedback on tasks set in the lectures/seminars
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Formal examination will assess the attainment of the knowledge outcomes. Presentation will test the team work, presenting in pairs, presentation and information gathering skills.

Covid 19 adjustments if required - written exam will be replaced with 24hr take home exam.

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