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Biochemical

Specialisation (formal)Year: 2019

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Overview

Biochemical engineers explore the development of large scale processes using microbial, plant or animal cells. Career opportunities for biochemical engineers exist in specialised biochemical industries such as the pharmaceutical and food industries but also encompass more traditional chemical engineering fields including petrochemical, minerals and energy, environmental consulting and fertiliser, paint and detergent manufacture.

Intended learning outcomes

On the successful completion of the Master of Engineering (Biochemical) students should:

  • Have gained knowledge and practice in chemical engineering fields of material and energy balances, fluid mechanics, momentum, heat and mass transport, reaction engineering, separation processes, process dynamics and control, process equipment design and particles processing and handling and in the biochemical engineering fields of bioprocess and pharmaceutical engineering and food engineering;
  • Be able to apply that knowledge to analyse and design biochemical engineering processes and processing facilities such as pharmaceutical manufacturing sites and food processing facilities;
  • 3. have developed problem solving and trouble shooting skills that may be applied in professional practice;
  • understand the importance of personal, process and product safety, and of sustainability, and be able to apply principles of safety and sustainable practices as graduates;
  • Have gained knowledge and practice in biochemical engineering management including economics, intellectual property, ethics and the law as it applies to the biochemical engineering profession;
  • Have the ability to complete a piece of original research either within an industrial setting or in a laboratory, involving the collection of data, its objective analysis and interpretation.

Structure

300 credit points

The Biochemical specialisation of the Master of Engineering consists of 300 points of study - 275 points core plus 25 points elective subjects as listed below.

Advanced standing will be awarded for equivalent subjects taken in prior study to applicants on the following basis:

Credit, Advanced Standing and Accelerated Entry Policy (MPF1293) https://policy.unimelb.edu.au/MPF1293

Subject Options

Total 300 points - 275 points core (compulsory and selective) plus 25 points elective subjects from the list below. Students must complete all 300 points of subjects, including all core subjects, or have advanced standing or exemption.

The core and elective subjects are those listed below. The order of subjects below is one way of progressing through the course - students who meet subject requisites may tailor their individual study plan to take into account advanced standing and their study load. Students plan their study online and can seek further advice from Stop 1 on individual study plans.

Suggested first 100 points:

Suggested study plan for the first 100 points:

  • 87.5 points core
  • 12.5 points selective

Core (87.5 points)

Code Name Study period Credit Points
MAST20029 Engineering Mathematics
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
CHEN20010 Material and Energy Balances
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
CHEN20011 Chemical Process Analysis
Semester 2
12.5
CHEN20009 Transport Processes
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
ENGR30002 Fluid Mechanics
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
CHEN30005 Heat and Mass Transport Processes
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
CHEN30015 Safety and Sustainability Case Studies
Semester 2
12.5

Selective (12.5 points)

Choose one - University of Melbourne pathway students are recommended to take ENGR90034

Code Name Study period Credit Points
ENGR90034 Creating Innovative Engineering
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
ENGR90021 Engineering Practice and Communication
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5

Suggested second 100 points:

Suggested study plan for the second 100 points:

  • 100 points core (including 25 point project subject)

Core (75 points)

Code Name Study period Credit Points
CHEN30001 Reactor Engineering
Semester 1
12.5
CHEN90020 Chemical Engineering Management
Semester 1
12.5
CHEN90031 Bioprocess Engineering
Summer Term
Semester 1
12.5
CHEN90007 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
Semester 1
12.5
CHEN90032 Process Dynamics And Control
Semester 2
12.5
CHEN90012 Process Equipment Design
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5

Project (25 points)

Choose one subject from the list below:

(Note: enrolment in CHEN90028 Industry Project is subject to approval from the Course Coordinator)

Code Name Study period Credit Points
BIEN90001 Biochemical Engineering Research Project
Summer Term
Semester 1
July
25
CHEN90028 Industry Project
Summer Term
Semester 1
July
25

Suggested third 100 points:

Suggested study plan for the third 100 points:

  • 75 points core
  • 25 points elective

Core (75 points)

Code Name Study period Credit Points
CHEN90018 Particle Mechanics and Processing
Semester 1
12.5
FOOD90029 Food Engineering
Semester 1
12.5
BIEN90002 Biochemical Engineering Design Project
Semester 2
25
CHEN90013 Process Engineering
Semester 1
12.5
BIEN90004 Biochemical & Pharmaceutical Engineering
Semester 2
12.5

Electives (25 points)

Choose 25 points worth of subjects from this list:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
BIEN90003 Biochemical Engineering Minor Thesis
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
CHEN90019 Advanced Heat & Mass Transport Processes
Semester 1
12.5
BMEN90011 Tissue Engineering & Stem Cells
Semester 2
12.5
CHEN90010 Minerals, Materials and Recycling
Semester 2
12.5
ENGR90024 Computational Fluid Dynamics
Semester 1
12.5
BMEN90012 Soft Matter Engineering
Semester 1
12.5
ENGR90026 Engineering Entrepreneurship
Semester 2
12.5
CHEN90027 Carbon Capture and Storage
Semester 1
12.5
CHEN90011 Bioenvironmental Engineering
Semester 2
12.5
MREN90001 Polymers and Composites
Semester 1
12.5
CHEN90035 Chemical Product Development
Summer Term
12.5
CHEN90036 Recent Advances in Separation Processes Not available in 2019 12.5

Note:

  • Students may opt to complete a second 25 point project subject to account for the 25 points in elective subjects;
  • Students completing the first 100 points prior to 2013 will have completed ENGR30001 Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics instead of ENGR30002 Fluid Mechanics. Credit cannot be obtained for both subjects;
  • Credit cannot be obtained for both BIEN30001 Bionanoengineering and BMEN90012 Soft Matter Engineering;
  • From 2013, CHEN90031 Bioprocess Engineering has replaced CHEN90008 Biology for Engineers. Credit cannot be obtained for both CHEN90008 Biology for Engineers and CHEN90031/BTCH90006 Bioprocess Engineering;
  • From 2014, BIEN90004 Biochemical & Pharmaceutical Engineering has replaced CHEN90016 Metabolic Engineering. Credit cannot be obtained for both subjects;
  • Credit cannot be obtained for both ENGR90033 Industry Based Learning and CHEN90028 Industry Project;
  • From 2015, CHEN20010 Materials and Energy Balances and CHEN20011 Chemical Process Analysis has replaced CHEN20007 Chemical Process Analysis 1 and CHEN20008 Chemical Process Analysis 2.

Notes

This specialisation of the MC-ENG Master of Engineering was previously known as the Master of Engineering (Biomolecular).

Links

http://www.eng.unimelb.edu.au/study/degrees/master-engineering-biochemical

Last updated: 3 April 2019