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BE 308

BE 308 - Engineering Elements of Biochemistry and Microbiology

Week # Topic Book Reading

1

Introduction

Organic chemistry applied to living system

  • Water
  • Carbohydrates

Ch. 1 & 2
Ch. 3

2

  • Lipids
  • Proteins
  • Enzyme

Lab #1: Analysis of sugars by HPLC

Ch. 3

3

  • Vitamins
  • Nucleic Acid

Lab #2: Coagulation of Milk Protein

Ch. 3

4

Basic Microbiology: An Engineer's Perspective

  • History of Microbiology
  • Microscopes

First Midterm (Sept. 26)

Ch. 1

Ch. 4

5

  • Prokaryotic Cells
  • Eukaryotic Cells
  • Viruses

Lab #3: Gram Staining of Microorganisms

Ch. 14
Ch. 9

6

Growth Kinetics and measurement of growth

  • Intrinsic and Extrinsic Factors

Lab #4: Preparation of Agar Plates and Dilution Tubes
Study Date

Ch. 6

7

Informatics and Genetic Information in Biological Systems

Ch. 7


  • Structures of DNA and RNA

Lab #5: Spread Plating


8

Synthesis of DNA

  • Transcription and Translation
  • Strain Development

Second Midterm

Lab #6: Enumeration of Colonies

Ch. 7

9

Energy Calculations in Microbial Bioenergetics

  • Energy and Carriers in Biological Systems
  • Energy Releasing Pathways: Glycolysis, Citric Acid Cycle
  • Oxidative Phosphorylation

Lab #7: Preparation of Fermentation Medium

Ch. 5

10

Industrial Microbiology

  • Raw materials
  • Fermentation Process
  • Bioreactors

Lab #8: Inoculation of Fermentation Medium

Ch. 30

11

  • Major Pathways
  • Organic Acids
  • Antibiotics

Lab #9: Analysis of Fermentation Broth by HPLC

Ch. 30

12

  • Enzymes, Amino Acids
  • Vitamins

Lab #10: Tour of Mushroom Facility

Ch. 30

13

  • Yeast as food
  • Mushrooms, etc.

Thanksgiving Holidays

 

14

Third Midterm

Environmental Microbiology

  • Sewage and Waste Water Treatment
  • Bioremediation
  • Biogas

Lab #11: BOD Analysis

 

Ch. 19

Ch. 28

15

  • Composting
  • Microbial leaching
  • Biofilm and biocorrosion

Lab #12: Waste Water Treatment Facility

Ch. 19

16

Final Exam Week


Instructor:

Dr. Ali Demirci
231 Agricultural Engineering Bldg.
Phone: 865-1098
E-mail: demirci@psu.edu

Grading:

First Midterm: 15%
Second Midterm: 15%
Third Midterm: 15%
Homework/Quizzes/Lab: 25%
Final Exam: 30%

Class Time: MWF 3:35 - 4:25 p.m. in 106 Agricultural Engineering Building

Lab Time: W 4:40 - 5:30 p.m. in 112 Agricultural Engineering Building

Required Text Book: Madigan, M.T. and Martinko, J.M. 2006. Brock Biology of Microorganisms. 11th Edition. Prince Hall. ISBN 0-13-144329-1

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