Course code BIO335

BIO335 Applied Biocatalysis and Biorefining

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Course responsible: Svein Jarle Horn
Teachers: Bjørge Westereng, Phillip Byron Pope, Line Degn Hansen, Gustav Vaaje-Kolstad, Vincentius Gerardus Henricus Eijsink
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually from 2018
First time: Study year 2017-2018
Preferential right:
The course is compulsory for students who are admitted to the master´s programme in Biotechnology, Biochemistry. 
Course contents:
In the emerging bioeconomy there is a need to develop novel processes for converting biomass to a range of products, a concept often referred to as biorefining. In this regard, the application of biocatalysis is a key technology. A biocatalytic process encompass any process that use enzymes for converting a feedstock to a product. Biocatalysis may be carried out by single enzymes, enzyme cocktails, pure cultures of microbial cells (fermentation) or microbial communities. This course will give a thorough understanding of enzymes, with a particular emphasis on how biocatalysis can be applied in industrial scale processes. This will include topics such as industrial enzyme production, production of second generation bioethanol, feed and food applications, and biogas production.
Learning outcome:
The student will learn what enzymes are, how they work, how they are produced and how they are applied in modern industry. This includes topics such as enzyme kinetics, fermentation technolgy and enzyme costs. Additionally, the student will learn how microorganisms can be applied as a biocatalyst, and what the biorefinery concept means.
Learning activities:
Self-study of relevant journal papers, lectures and a written report on a selected topic. 
Teaching support:
The teachers are present during the entire course period and can also be reached via e-mail. Canvas.
Lectures and selected scientific articles.
Biochemistry equivalent to KJB200. General microbiology equivalent to BIO230. 
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Lectures and project report.
Grades A-F will be given for the written project report.
Nominal workload:
Lectures: 24 hour. Self study and project report: 126 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Type of course:
Two lectures per week in 12 weeks. Project report.
Both an internal and an external examiner will evaluate project report.
Examination details: :