Metabolic Engineering

Subject 411-255 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 34 hours of lectures, 6 hours of tutorials and 8 hours of practical work.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: 411-254 Biomolecular Process Principles
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr S Gras
Subject Overview:

Metabolism in microbial, plant and animal cells. Control of metabolism and its application to bioprocessing and bioproduct process development. Pathways of catabolism and anabolism in heterotrophs. Photosynthesis. Genetic control of metabolism. Genetic manipulation by mutation and recombinant DNA techniques. Case studies in the development of bioprocesses employing recombinant microorganisms. Control at the enzyme level. Enzyme inhibition kinetics. Immobilised enzymes, mass transfer and kinetic effects. Protein and enzyme engineering. Metabolic engineering.

Practical work (enzyme kinetics)

Assessment: One written 3-hour end-of-semester examination (90%); practical work assignments not exceeding a combined total of 2000 words (10%).
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Information Not Available

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

The subject will enhance the following generic skills:

  • capacity for independent thought

  • the ability to comprehend complex concepts and communicate lucidly this understanding

  • awareness of advanced technologies in the dicipline

  • ability to work in a team, including with professinals from different disciplline areas

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)

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