Course Title: Fermentation Technology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fermentation Technology

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 2 2007

Course Coordinator: Mr Jim Holbeche

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7144/7100

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

A working knowledge of cell biology/physiology is required. In addition, to allow broad coverage of a diverse field, the course assumes some knowledge of the fundamentals of industrial microbiology. These will still be overviewed but students unfamiliar with the field may need to undertake additional background reading.

Course Description

This course provides an understanding of the exploitation of microorganisms and other cell lines in the manufacture of therapeutic, diagnostic and bulk commodity biological products. These processes include traditional fermentation procedures and also those involving organisms modified by recombinant DNA technology.
In addition, the regulatory framework under which the industry operates will be explored.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On successful completion of this course students should have
an understanding of the variety of fermentation and subsequent processing approaches available for the manufacture of biological products and the design and operation of these systems
an appreciation of the regulatory framework under which the industry operates

Overview of Learning Activities

The scheduled classes in the course will consist of two to three hours of lecture/discussion per week held on one evening at the City Campus. A block practical program extending over several days will be held near the middle of the semester. This will be held in the laboratories at the Bundoora Campus. Additional practical exercises may be conducted at City Campus during scheduled lecture times.

Independent study is an essential part of this course. As well as study related to the lectures, this will include research and preparation for the assignments, practical classes and practical report.

Students have the role of active learners and have the responsibility of attending and actively participating in all student learning experiences, including lectures, practical classes and independent study, as will benefit their learning towards the objectives of the subject.

Although no minimum attendance is required, students must be aware that some of the assessment is carried out during or related to scheduled sessions, and that classes are available only at the times specified and cannot be repeated.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources for this course include the listed reference texts and other texts and journal articles etc referred to in classes. Some reference material may be placed on reserve in the library.

Students will need to access the DLS regularly.

Overview of Assessment

This course will be assessed by written examination, assignments and practical report. A minimum standard is required for all assessment tasks in order to pass the course.