Bachelor of Engineering with Honours

UC/12 BE(Hons)(Chemical and Process) /1
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Template 2: Qualification Change -2012
Proposal Description
Purpose of the proposal
To create a Minor in Bioprocess Engineering as part of the BE(Hons) Chemical & Process Engineering degree.
Bioprocess engineering is an important sub-discipline in chemical engineering but the job market is not consistently
strong enough to justify a new, more specialised degree, as some chemical engineering programmes overseas have
Chemical and Process Engineering (CAPE) has three out of nine research-active academics with a speciality in
bioprocess engineering, with two other academics with some interests in this area. Therefore, the proposal aligns
well with the present strengths of the Department and is not contingent on the availability of just one staff member.
This minor supports employment in a number of large process industries in New Zealand including dairy, food
processing and environmental engineering. Minor areas such as pharmaceuticals and biological health care products
are growing also. There are strong employment opportunities in this area overseas, including in Asia, from where we
draw a portion of our undergraduate students and to where many return after graduation. There may also be
benefits to students who intend to pursue postgraduate research in the bio-related area.
We believe this programme will not dramatically compete with other programmes at Canterbury, as CAPE is the only
engineering degree programme at Canterbury that incorporates applied biology into its degree programme explicitly
in parallel to applied physics and chemistry. It will compete, in some fashion, with degree programmes available at
Massey but as our programme is based on an accredited BE at its core, it is not a direct overlap. It will compete, in
some fashion, with degree programmes available at Massey, however our programme is an optional
specialisation within the broader Chemical and Processing Engineering endorsement compared to their two
separate endorsements and is therefore not a direct overlap. We believe the applied biology features of our
degree contribute to the high relative percentage of women graduating with a BE in Chemical & Process Engineering.
With regard to research, this programme does complement on-going research in the Department. Many of the
individual research projects associated with ENCH 495 will integrate and complement on-going postgraduate
research in the Department. Some students who have completed the focus have stayed on for postgraduate
degrees or gone on to study at other institutions.
The students have been doing this specialty since 2005. By creating the Minor, it will be acknowledged on their
transcript. Students have been requesting this feature. Prior to this, the department has just been issuing a letter
indicating the specialty.
This area of specialisation was discussed with our Industrial Advisory Board prior to creating the second bioprocess
engineering elective in 2007, and informally at subsequent meetings, and has always received strong support. The
fact that is does not overly specialise the students and does not dilute the core chemical engineering degree makes it
particularly acceptable to the board. As it fits within the elective structure of our degree, it has no significant
accreditation implications.
Goals of the programme
The goal of the minor is to provide a focus in bioprocess engineering. This area uses more microbiology, molecular
biology, biochemistry and bioseparations than the standard chemical engineering graduate would normally be
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exposed to as part of their required courses. The student achieves this speciality by taking specific electives within
the Department and completing required project work that has a bioprocess component. This develops both the
fundamental and the applied aspects of bioprocess engineering. These courses build on the required course, ENCH
281 ‘Principles Of Biology For Engineers’, which all CAPE graduates must take.
Graduate profile
 A more in-depth understanding of microbiology, molecular biology and biochemistry compared to the standard
chemical engineering graduate and an ability to integrate these scientific principles within a traditional chemical
engineering design and separation framework.
Understand the principles and strategies of bioseparation processes
Apply scale-up principles of bioseparation processes, especially in chromatography
Understand the basic fermentation technologies associated with submerged microbial, tissue culture
applications and solid state fermentations
An ability to carry out a preliminary process design of an engineering facility incorporating both fermentation
technology and bioseparation processes as part of a chemical engineering capstone design project
Perform an individual research project that focusses one or more aspects of bioprocess engineering.
Outcome statement
No change to the outcome of the existing BE(Hons) degree, now recognising already established pathway
Programme overview
Entrance into 1st Pro Chemical & Process Engineering in year 2
Pass ENGR 281 - ‘Principles Of Biology For Engineers’ (15 pt required course) in year 2
Pass ENGR 407 - Bioprocess Engineering 1 (15 pt elective course) in year 3
Pass ENCH 482 – Bioprocess Engineering 2 (15 pt elective course) in year 4
Pass ENCH 494 – Process Engineering Design 3 in year 4 (30 pt required course) with an approved bioprocess
project focus
Pass ENCH 495 – Research Project in year 4 (30 pt required course) with an approved bioprocess project focus
Note – 407 and 482 represent two of the three 15 point technical electives permitted as part of the degree
requirements for Chemical & Process Engineering.
Proposed teaching/delivery methods
Lecture based classes for ENGR 407 and ENCH 482
Group project work for ENCH 494. This project will have a bioprocess theme and have the same milestones as
groups not completing the bioprocess stream.
Individual project work for ENCH 495 where the student will be supervised by a member of the academic staff in
CAPE on a bioprocess-related project.
Assessment procedures
Tests, assignments and examinations for lecture based material in ENGR 480 and ENCH 482
Project reports as part of ENCH 494 and ENCH 495.
Predicted student numbers/EFTS
Students have had the ability to focus on this specialty since 2007. Since this time, we have averaged between 10-20
students completing all the requirements on an annual basis.
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Existing resources in the Department, no new courses or other resources required.
Plans for monitoring programme quality
The normal monitoring as part of the Chemical & Process Engineering BE degree.
Annual department reviews
Feedback from course surveys, Staff/student liaison meetings and the Industrial Advisory Board
Accreditation reviews by IPENZ and ICHEME on a 5 yearly cycle
University reviews on a 5 yearly cycle
Calendar Form
New Qualification Regulations
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3. Engineering Disciplines and Minors
(b) The degree may also be completed with a Minor that denotes sub-specialisation within an engineering discipline
Chemical and Process Engineering
17. Minor in Bioprocessing Engineering
ENCH 281 Principles of Biology for Engineers
ENGR 407 Bioprocess Engineering 1
ENCH 482 Bioprocess Engineering 2
ENCH494 Process Engineering Design 3*
ENCH 495 Research Project*
*Note: ENCH494 Process Engineering Design 3 and ENCH495 Research Project must be taken with an approved
bioprocess engineering focus as approved by the Director of Studies.