Kinetics and Modelling of Bioprocesses


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 assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

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


Education ownerBachelor of Science (BSc) in Engineering (Sustainable Biotechnology)
Study BoardStudy Board of Chemistry and Bioscience
DepartmentDepartment of Chemistry and Bioscience
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science