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CME8109 : Bioprocess Engineering (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Marloes Peeters
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 3.0


This module extends the biochemical engineering knowledge of students by providing basic understanding of the latest developments in bioreactor modelling and control.
To provide chemical engineers with a background knowledge in the area of bioreactor sampling, measurement, latest research developments in bioprocess modelling and control. These areas are exceedingly sought after by the pharmaceutical industries.

Outline Of Syllabus

Aseptic sampling, latest measurement devices for biomass concentration analyses, data-based modelling techniques in bioprocess modelling, process development, supervision and control.
Review of fundamental phenomena is provided during lectures supported by handouts and audio-visual material to demonstrate the specific problems in bioreactor design, sampling, modelling and control.
Tutorials in small groups will allow discussions about the latest advanced monitoring and control techniques that the students will read up about and present on. Students have self-study opportunity from text books, handouts, scientific papers and support material on Blackboard.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion14:004:00Preparation and delivery of group presentations
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion151:0015:00Preparation and completion of report
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture91:009:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching22:004:00Computer practice
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study118:0018:00Review lecture material, prepare for small group teaching
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures will introduce concepts of aseptic sampling, measurement methods, data treatment, modelling and application of models in bioprocess optimisation, monitoring and control.

Computer practice will provide experience of the simulation software used for report preparation.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation151M30Group presentation on advanced monitoring and development of bioprocesses, 15 min presentation is given to the rest of the cohort
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M70Group Bioprocess development assignment, maximum 1200 words plus graphs.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The oral presentation will test the students’ knowledge and understanding of the module, their ability to critically review a range of literature sources and explain specific concepts of advanced monitoring and control techniques to wider audience.
Assignment report will assess the remaining skills outcomes.

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