BPE-60312 Bioprocess Design


Credits 12.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work100
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. MH Vermuë
dr. ir. S Isken
Lecturer(s)dr. MJ Barbosa
dr. ir. S Isken
dr. ir. RJM Kormelink
prof. dr. MHM Eppink
dr. ir. MH Vermuë
dr. EL Scott
dr. ir. JTC Grotenhuis
dr. ir. PP Lamers
prof. dr. G Eggink
dr. RA Weusthuis
dr. ir. H Bruning
prof. dr. J van der Oost
dr. LMC Nitsch
dr. G Olivieri
dr. ir. C van den Berg
Examiner(s)dr. ir. MH Vermuë
dr. ir. S Isken

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

BPE-20806 Separation Process Design; MOB-20306 Gene Technology.


Note: This course has a maximum number of participants. The deadline for registration is one week earlier than usual. See Academic Year.(http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Education-Programmes/Current-Students/Agenda-Calendat-Adacemic-Year.htm) -> Registration for Courses.

In this course students will work in team to design a new and innovative biotechnical product and the associated production process. In the first part of the course a feasibility study on the proposed project will be performed by the project teams, taking technical, environmental, economic and social constraints into account. In the second part of the course, the project teams will work on the design of a business plan or a research proposal about the feasible projects.
In this course, specialized biotechnological knowledge and design skills will be required and therefore the course is only available for MSc students in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics who passed at least 24 ects on MSc courses. The amount of students per term is limited to 54.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- Apply specialized knowledge and combine it with new knowledge for solving a defined design problem;
- Integrate knowledge from several disciplines in the design of a biotechnological product and the production process, taking into account technical, social and economic prevailing circumstances;
- work together in a project team, using communicative skills like discussion, presentation, decision making, debating;
- evaluate the processes going on in a team and recognize how individual functioning affects the functioning of the team as a whole;
- manage a project, i.e. define subtasks, assign tasks, coordinate of the project, organise the team and apply techniques for time management;
- manage information, i.e. collect and order relevant background information, critical analyse the information and discuss the information with experts.


- working project oriented;
- problem based learning;
- following some supporting lectures and exercises;
- oral presentations;
- writing reports.


Examination is based on the following elements:
- written decision documents and progress reports (20%);
- written final reports (40%);
- team work (20%);
- individual performance as team member (20%);
All items should have an average mark of at least 5.5 to pass the course.


A study guide is available at the first meeting of the course.

Compulsory for: MBTBiotechnologyMSc1WD, 6WD
Restricted Optional for: MBFBioinformaticsMSc6WD