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Industrial Bioprocessing and Bioremediation (BIO358)

Organisational Unit Environmental and Conservation Sciences
Credit Points 3
Description Microbes play a key role in industrial and environmental bioprocesses such as pharmaceutical and food production, waste treatment, renewable energy generation and environmental bioremediation. The principles of these bioprocesses are studied using a problem-based approach. The unit investigates how microbial reactions can be predicted and controlled and how oxygen, pH and other conditions affect different bioprocesses. Example topics are: pollutant biodegradation, algae culture, vitamin, antibiotic and beer/wine production, bioleaching, bio-fuels, bio-electricity, bioreactor design and control.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 3 hours per week; laboratories/tutorials: 5 sessions; bioreactor group project over 2 weeks.
Unit Learning Experiences The learning philosophy underpinning this unit is Constructivism. The rationale for this is explained within the unit website. The approach to learning in this unit is mainly problem based with a large component of learning activities (listed under other Learning Experiences below). The integration of traditional lectures, problem based learning activities, computer simulations, laboratory activities, data analysis workshops and an industrial visit give students a chance to see the principle and industrial application of environmental bioprocesses from different viewpoints.
Assessment To link the constructivism and problem based learning approach of this unit to assessment, assessment tasks are also largely problem based. Six Computer-based learning activities and 2 laboratory sessions provide real-time tutorial feedback and instant marks on completion of tasks. Two simulations allow students to use knowledge and spreadsheet skills developed in workshops to produce data analysis reports on spreadsheets. Two formally written reports are produced. Next to the final exam (<35%) two short answer mid-semester tests are used to encourage early study and revision, enabling a better understanding of comprehensive concepts covered later in the unit.
Prerequisites CHE144 Foundations of Chemistry/PEC144 Principles of Chemistry and BIO152 Cell Biology/Foundations of Cell and Molecular Biology/Foundations of Cell Biology.
Notes This unit is not available in 2016 - contact the Biotechnology Academic Chair for advice regarding an alternative option.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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