Applied Bioprocess Design and Engineering


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


Students who complete the module must be able to

  • identify the characteristics of biomass from different resources
  • describe suitable microbial processes for processing different types of biomass to produce biofuels and biochemicals
  • account for the metabolic interactions in microbial cells
  • explain the principles for the concept of renewable bioenergy and sustainability
  • explain the bottlenecks and/or inhibition effects of the different biomass conversion processes
  • account for calculation and simulation tools to determine metabolic fluxes
  • explain techniques to measure cellular metabolic fluxes


  • select appropriate modelling strategies
  • model carbon fluxes in microorganisms
  • manipulate the direction of metabolite fluxes
  • genetically optimize production strains
  • use commercial software such as Super Pro Designer or Aspen plus for process design
  • perform techno-economic analysis for designed biorefineries
  • write a project report following the standards of the field of study, include relevant original scientific literature, use the correct terminology, and communicate the research-based foundation,  problem and results of the project coherently in writing, graphically and orally
  • assess and select relevant original scientific literature and current scientific methods, models and other tools used in the project and asses the problem of the project and results in relevant scientific and social contexts


  • handle the planning, implementation and management of complex and unpredictable research and/or developmental tasks and take professional responsibility for implementing academic assignments and interdisciplinary collaborations
  • take responsibility for own professional development and specialization

Type of instruction

Project work

Extent and expected workload

450 hours


Prerequisite for enrollment for the exam

  • An approved PBL competency profile is a prerequisite for participation in the project exam


Name of examApplied Bioprocess Design and Engineering
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
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 titleAnvendt bioprocessdesign og -teknik
Module codeK-KT-K2-33
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Esbjerg
Responsible for the module
Time allocation for external examinersB


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Bioengineering)
Study BoardStudy Board of Chemistry and Bioscience
DepartmentDepartment of Chemistry and Bioscience
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science