BPE-60312 Bioprocess Design


Credits 12.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work100
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. MH Vermuë
dr. ir. S Isken
PhD S D'Adamo
Lecturer(s)M de Sa Batista
dr. ir. MH Vermuë
PhD S D'Adamo
prof. dr. MHM Eppink
dr. ir. S Isken
prof. dr. ir. RH Wijffels
dr. G Olivieri
dr. LMC Nitsch
A Kazbar
Examiner(s)dr. ir. S Isken
dr. ir. MH Vermuë
PhD S D'Adamo

Language of instruction:


Mandatory knowledge:

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 24 credits of courses of their approved MSc program.

Assumed knowledge on:

At least 24 credits of MSc courses of your approved MSc study program


Note: This course has a maximum number of participants. The deadline for registration is one week earlier than usual.
See Academic Year.(http://www.wur.nl/en/Education-Programmes/Current-Students/Agenda-Calendar-Academic-Year.htm) -> Registration for Courses.
In this course students will work in a multidisciplinary team to design a new and innovative biotechnical product and the associated production process. Most often biotechnology companies or other interested parties from outside Wageningen University are involved as external project directors, who ask you and your team to generate ideas for these projects and work out the ideas in more detail. In the first part of the course a feasibility study on the proposed projects will be performed by the student 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 on projects deduced from the feasibility studies.

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;
- perform a (preliminary) market and cost analysis on a designed innovative biotechnological product and/or production process;
- work together in a project team, using communicative skills like discussion, negotiation, presentation, decision making, debating, reflection on functioning;
- 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 sub-tasks, assign tasks, coordinate of the project, organize 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 contracts and intermediate progress reports (20%);
- final reports and convincing oral presentations (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: MBFBioinformaticsMSc1WD, 6WD