ENCH281-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Principles Of Biology For Engineers

15 points, 0.1250 EFTS
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


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.

Learning Outcomes

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 metabolism

The 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

University Graduate Attributes

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.


Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 11:00 - 12:00 E9 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 10:00 A4 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 13:00 A3 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 12:00 - 15:00 Civil - Mech E201 Mech Computer Lab 8 Oct - 14 Oct
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 13:00 - 16:00 Ernest Rutherford 451 Biology Lab 10 Sep - 21 Oct
02 Tuesday 15:00 - 18:00 Ernest Rutherford 451 Biology Lab 10 Sep - 21 Oct


Grant Pearce

Lab Coordinator

Jackie Healy

Lab Technician

Craig Galilee


Recommended Reading

Campbell, Neil A. , Reece, Jane B; Biology; 8th ed; Pearson Benjamin Cummings, 2008 (There are no required books but Campbell and Reece. 2008. biology. 8th edition is widely used).

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Course Outline

Indicative Fees

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.

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