Fermentation Process Engineering

Subject 411-392 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 1, - 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: Thirty four hours of lectures, 6 hours of practice class assignments and 8 hours of practical work.
Total Time Commitment: Not available

411-254 Biomolecular Process Principles and 411-255 Metabolic Engineering

Corequisites: 411-303 Reactor Engineering
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Dr Bruce Neil Anderson
Subject Overview:

Batch and continuous culture. Kinetics of microbial growth and product formation. Sterilisation and aseptic equipment design. Factors affecting the selection of media for industrial fermentations. Design of stirred-tank, airlift and other fermenters. Special requirements of plant and animal cell culture. Design for oxygen transfer and mixing. Materials selection. Fermenter scale-up. Fermentation process monitoring and control. Downstream separation technologies. Ethical, legal and regulatory issues in fermentation process engineering. Practice classes on the solution of open-ended problems in fermentation process design. Practical work (fermentations and downstream separation techniques).

The objectives are to acquaint students with procedures for the design and control of industrial scale fermentation processes, to provide them with experience in the solution of open-ended design problems in fermentation process engineering, and to allow them to acquire practical skills in the conduct of fermentations and associated downstream separation processes.


On completion of this subject students should be able to:

· complete the process design of simple industrial scale fermentation processes

· develop control strategies for simple industrial scale fermentation processes

· solve open-ended design problems in fermentation process engineering,

· exhibit practical skills in the conduct of fermentations and associated downstream separation processes.


An examination of three hours contributing 70% to the assessment, practice class assignments totaling not more than 2000 words contributing 20% to the assessment, and practical work reports totaling not more than 1000 words contributing 10% to the assessment.

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Information Not Available

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
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 discipline
  • ability to work in a team, including with professionals from different discipline areas

Students may only gain credit for BIEN30002 Fermentation Process Engineering or BIEN30003 Bioprocess Engineering.

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

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