University of Surrey - Guildford

Registry > Module Catalogue
View Module List by A.O.U. and Level  Alphabetical Module Code List  Alphabetical Module Title List  Alphabetical Old Short Name List  View Menu 
2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: ENG3151 Module Title: BIOCHEMICAL ENGINEERING
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: ENG3151
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: KIRKBY NF Dr (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Autumn Semester
Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment


Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)


Unseen examination








Qualifying Condition(s) 


A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module.


Module Overview
An introduction to the theory and practice of reaction engineering and separation processes used in biochemical engineering
Completion of the progress requirements of Level HE2
Module Aims

The module aims to


1)      introduce students to demonstrate the application of chemical engineering principles and techniques in industrial biological systems;


2)      to familiarise students with the principles of the design and operation of large scale biological processes;


3)      to enable students to develop mathematical models of and solve simplified problems on idealised biological systems;


4)      to familiarise students with the special requirements of biological processes compared to standard chemical processes


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module you will be able to:


  • Confidently evaluate and analyse mass and energy balances on biological processes.


  • Formulate an outline design for a fermentor or enzyme reactor.


  • Prepare an outline flowsheet for a biological process.


  • Prepare a sizing of some unit operations based on adsorption, ion-exchange and membranes


Module Content



Some biochemistry and microbiology


Prokaryotic and eukaryotic life cycles


Microbial kinetics


Balanced Growth and the Monod Equation


Extensions to Monod


Fed and Repeated Batch


Reactor Design


Agitation and Mass Transfer




Introduction to Radiobiology


Bio separations – yield and separation factors


Membranes, ultra filtration and reverse osmosis


Adsorbents and adsorption isotherms


Adsorption column design


Non-linear isotherms and mass transfer




Waste water treatment


Methods of Teaching/Learning

24 hours of lectures, 24 hours of examples classes, 2 hour exam and 48 hours of private study and revision


Total student learning time: 100 hours
Selected Texts/Journals

Essential Reading :





Required Reading :


Bailey and Ollis, Biochemical Engineering Fundamentals, McGraw Hill


Blanch and Clark , Biochemical Engineering, Marcel Dekker



Recommended Reading :




Last Updated
5 October 2010