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An introduction to biology, bioprocessing and biotechnology for engineers.
The aim of this course is to introduce engineers to biology in a general way by providing a framework for understanding life at the cellular and molecular levels and introduce you to microbes and their central role in chemical and process engineering. The course is especially designed for engineers and is a pre-requisite for ENGR407. An understanding of basic chemistry is assumed, but if at any stage you feel that you do not understand the basics of biology and chemistry, then seek help from the course lecturers as soon as possible.
An appreciation of the cell as a basic unit of life whether animal, plant or microbe and that the structure and functions of the cell impacts on all other levels of life including organisms, ecosystems and the biosphere.An understanding that if engineers want to manipulate biological processes, then it is crucial that they understand their molecular composition and metabolismThe ability to analyse and interpret experimental data, as well as accessing and utilising literature on the molecular structure and biochemical interactions between the molecules of life.An understanding of the importance of microbes in industrial biotechnology
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Subject to approval of the Dean of Engineering and Forestry.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Campbell, Neil A. , Reece, Jane B;
Pearson Benjamin Cummings, 2008 (There are no required books but Campbell and Reece. 2008. biology. 8th edition is widely used).
Domestic fee $937.00
International fee $5,125.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
Chemical and Process Engineering.