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ALTE 202
Bio-Chemical Conversion


Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 70

AA Discipline:

Lecture Hours:30    Lab Hours:40


Description
Build a core understanding of the essential bio-chemical principles and tools utilized within Biorefineries to prepare and manage the micro-organisms that convert such chemicals as sugars and nutrients into higher value added products. Prerequisite: ALTE 201, PHYS 221 (or EST 100/or greater), AGPR 120 (or greater), BIOL 100 (or greater), OCSUP 106 (or greater), ALTE 291 and 292 (optional)

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the key biological cycles that are harnessed in a Biorefinery
  • Apply knowledge in the terminology and key concepts of Microbiology and Chemistry -- keying in on Aerobic and Anaerobic Fermentation
  • Enhance fundamental knowledge of the critical role of nutrients and media
  • Apply knowledge in enzymes and their utilization as chemical conversion catalysts in a Biorefinery
  • Develop knowledge on optimization of temperature, pH, pressure, and other chemical variables to control, manage, and balance Biorefinery reactions and resulting yields
  • Practice propagating and testing cultures of bacteria and/or fungi.

  • Course Topics
  • Biological cycles
  • Pathways of fermentation
  • Language/vocabulary/nomenclature of microbiology
  • Role of media/nutrients
  • Differences of anaerobic vs. aerobic fermentation
  • Enzymes as catalyst
  • Optimal conditions -- temp, pH, ions
  • Grow cultures -- propagation and testing
  • Oxidation and reduction
  • Theoretical yields and how to optimize -- balance speed vs. yield

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