Date: Wed, 6 Nov 1996 15:21:52 MST
                                        From: Renee Buchanan []

University of Utah

COURSE: CVEEN 569 - Bioprocess Fundamentals, cross listed as CVEEN 569

INSTRUCTOR: Edward M. Trujillo, Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Chemical & Fuels Engineering


Criteria for Designation of Service-Learning Classes

  1. Needed Service: Students will work in groups of 3 to 5 on a project that is needed by the Salt Lake Valley Solid Waste Facility. The 10 week project will be to gather information and to conduct experiments on the use of dump leachate to moisturize compost heaps. Each group will investigate one possible configuration out of several. After the project, the most successful configuration will be used for further investigation by the Solid Waste Facility. Thus the service provided will be technical as well as benefit the community as a whole.
  2. Relevance to Subject Matter: The information and experiments will demonstrate the principle of composting which will be covered in class towards the end of the quarter. Thus it will provide the students with first-hand experience in working with a process discussed in textbooks and in class. Several basic principles of biochemical engineering which are taught at the beginning of the class will also be emphasized in the project.
  3. Thinking About What They Learned: Each student group will present a brief oral report (<5 min) on the progress of their experiment to the class every two weeks. The instructor, in as much as possible, will relate what they have experienced to the class subject matter at hand and ask the students to speak about what they have learned that week to what is happening in the "real" world.
  4. Assessment: At the end of the quarter the student groups will be required to submit a written final report on their particular project including a background (literature) section as well as an explanation of the experimental results. This will provide the instructor with an opportunity to assess whether they have understood the service project as well as the technical subjects it covers. The final report will constitute 10% of their final grade for the course. Everyone in each group will receive the same group grade.
  5. Evaluation of Service by Recipient: During the course of the project and, particularly, at the end, Mr. David Lore, Environmental Engineer with the Salt Lake Valley Solid Waste Facility, will be working with the student groups and their projects. The instructor will ask Mr. Lore of his evaluation of each group and of the participation of each student in that group.
  6. Civic Education: The project will enable the students to see the value of their technical background in solving some of the local environmental problems. Working with the local solid waste management facility will hopefully show them the value of recycling and other community efforts that will help the local community.
  7. Knowledge Enhances Service: Since the project is technical in nature and is related to class subjects the knowledge gained from the textbooks can be applied directly to the service provided and enhances the learning of biochemical engineering principles.
  8. Learning from other class members: Since students will be working in groups of 3 to 5 they will have an opportunity to interact with one another and learn from each other. The group presentations will also give them another opportunity to organize their thoughts collectively. All groups will also discuss the results from the other groups and all students will learn from others' experiences.

Course Description:

Application of chemical-engineering principles to biological, biochemical and environmental engineering systems. Design of systems for cultivation of microorganisms and for separation and purification of biological products. Students will be working on a service-learning class project in groups of 3-5 with a local city, county, state, or national agency which will provide technical assistance to that agency that is related to the subject matter discussed in class. This is a 3-credit hour course taught every Winter quarter and serves as a prerequisite to other biochemical engineering courses taught in the Department of Chemical & Fuels engineering.


PRE-REQUISITES: For Chemical & Fuels Engineering Students: CHFEN 350-Fluids, CHFEN 366 - Mass Transfer, BIOL 240 - Cell Biology. Recommended prerequisites or corequisites are CHFEN 364 - Heat Transfer, CHFEN 362 - genetics, and CHFEN 210 -Numerical Methods or their equivalents. For Civil & Environmental Engineering Students: CVEEN 463 - Intro. to Envir. Engr. I Recommended prerequisite or corequisite is CVEEN 464 - Intro. to Envir. Engr. 11

OBJECTIVE: To apply engineering principles to biological and biochemical systems and to introduce the concepts of bioprocess engineering. Problems in enzyme kinetics, cell metabolism, bioreactors, biological waste treatment and immobilized cells will be addressed.


BIOCHEMICAL ENGINEERING FUNDAMENTALS, 2nd ed, by James E. Bailey and David F. Ollis, McGrawHill Publishers, 1986.


Text: biochemical ENGINEERING FUNDAMENTALS, 2nd ed, by James E. Bailey and David F. Ollis, McGraw-Hill Publishers, 1986.

References on Reserve:

Michael L Shuler and Fikret Kargi, "Bioprocess Engineering: Basic Concepts," Prentice- Hall Publishers, 1992

James M. Lee, "Biochemical Engineering," Prentice-Hall, 1992.

H. R. Bungay, G. Belfort, eds., "Advanced Biochemical Engineering," Wiley Interscience, 1987.

S. Aiba, A. E. Humphrey, and N.F. Millis, "Biochemical Engineering," Second Edition, Academic Press, 1973

B. Atkinson, F. Mavituna, "Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology Handbook," Second Edition, Stockton Press, 199 1.

Harvey W. Blanch, Douglas S. Clark, "Biochemical Engineering," Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York, 1996

Jens Nielsen and John Villadsen, "Bioreaction Engineering Principles," Plenum Press, New York, 1994