Kinetics and Modelling of Bioprocesses


Prerequisite/Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module builds on knowledge gained in Linear algebra, Calculus, Biomolecules and Biochemistry or similar

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

  • Introduction to mathematical modeling and bioprocesses, applications and approach
  • The kinetics of enzymatic reactions, kinetics of cell growth, metabolism and inhibition, the effect of temperature and pH
  • Mass balances and modeling of ideal bioreactors at steady-state and non-steady-state
  • Examples of model development; manual estimation of process parameters based upon experimental data

Learning objectives


Students who have passed the module

  • Can account for the kinetics of biochemical reactions
  • Understand how mathematic models are constructed for different processes and bioreactors


  • Can determine the kinetics and calculate the relevant kinetic parameters for the processes in a bioreactor
  • Can define the most important variables and make sufficient assumptions to be able to derive the mathematic model of a bioprocess
  • Can apply a mathematical model on a bioreactor


  • Can use mathematical modeling for the design of biotechnological processes

Type of instruction

  • Lectures and calculation exercises

Extent and expected workload

150 hours



Name of examKinetics and Modelling of Bioprocesses
Type of exam
Written exam
4 hours
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentAs stated in the Joint Programme Regulations

Facts about the module

Danish titleKinetik og modellering af bioprocesser
Module codeK-BBT-B3-4
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental Engineering
DepartmentDepartment of Chemistry and Bioscience
FacultyFaculty of Engineering and Science