CHEM ENG 2012 - Pharmaceutical Production Processes

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023

This course provides an overview of pharmaceutical engineering technology. The course introduces active pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturing, powder mixing and tableting, recombinant DNA technology and therapeutic protein manufacturing in the pharmaceutical industry. An introduction to batch process design emphasising unique requirements of pharmaceutical plants will be included.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHEM ENG 2012
    Course Pharmaceutical Production Processes
    Coordinating Unit School of Chemical Eng and Advanced Materials(Ina)
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge CHEM ENG 1007
    Assessment Assignments, final examination
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Luis Toronjo-Urquiza

    Course coordinator: Luis Toronjo-Urquiza

    E-mail: /

    ffice: Annex Building, Room A207

    Consulting times: Monday 10:00-12:00 pm / Thursday 2:00-4:00 pm

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    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1 Recognise the role of key operational units in pharmaceuticals manufacturing processes
    2 Explain the fundamental concepts of upstream and downstream processes in API production
    3 Apply the mathematical principles of cell culture kinetics fermentation
    4 Apply the principles of operation of batch, fed-batch and continuous bioreactor regimes
    5 Explain the principles of sterilization in setting-up culture and design of processes to avoid contamination risk
    6 Apply the fundamental principles for product recovery
    7 Apply the fundamental principles for filtration
    8 Apply the fundamental principles for primary isolation in product purification
    9 Apply the principles of advanced product purification by different liquid chromatography techniques
    10 Apply the principles of formulation to the needs of the product
    11 Emphasize unique requirements of modern complex pharmaceutical products
    12 Describe and sketch common bioseparation methods, equipment and integrated processes.

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.

    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency:


    - 1.1. Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.

    - 1.2. Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.

    - 1.5. Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.

    - 1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline.


    - 2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem-solving.

    - 2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

    - 2.3. Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.


    - 3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability.

    - 3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.

    - 3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.

    - 3.4. Professional use and management of information.

    - 3.5. Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.

    - 3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    3-4, 6-10

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Recommended Resources
    This list of recommended books can help support the learning of the content taught in the course.

    - Shuler M.L. & Kargi F. Bioprocess Engineering 2nd Edition (Prentice-Hall International);

    - Pauline M. Doran, Bioprocess Engineering Principles (2nd Edition, 2003)

    - Janson J.-C. and Ryden L., Protein Purification, principles, high resolution methods and applications. Wiley VCH, 1997, 2nd Edition

    - Michael Levin, Pharmaceutical Process Scale-up, CRC Press, 2006.

    Online Learning
    A range of online resources will be provided via MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The activities for this course are structured by week and include the following activities:

    - Online Theory Lectures

    To be viewed before the Workshop session

    - Practice Workshops

    Solve problems together in class and go through solutions.

    - Tutorials

    The student can book 1 on 1 appointments with the coordinator during consulting times.

    - Demonstrations

    The student has the possibility to attend guided tours of facilities where equipment processes and unit operations can be introduced.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Activity Contact Hours Workload hours Expected total workload hours
    Online Lectures 0 30 30
    Workshops 24 36 60
    Tutorials 24 0 24
    Demonstrations 6 0 6
    Study 0 40 40
    TOTAL 54 106 160

    Learning Activities Summary
    Topic 1: Introduction to pharmaceutical processing

    Topic 2: Kinetics of cell cultures

    Topic 3:  Operation and bioreactor regimes

    Topic 4:  Techniques and unit operations for product recovery

    Topic 5: Techniques and unit operations for filtration 

    Topic 6: Techniques and unit operations for primary isolation

    Topic 7: Techniques and unit operations for high-resolution purification and polishing

    Topic 8: Techniques and unit operations for formulation

    Topic 9: Process integration
    Specific Course Requirements
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Learning outcomes
    Workshop and Tutorials 10 Individual Formative and Summative 1-12
    In class Quizzes 30 Individual Formative and Summative 1-10
    Project Presentation 20 Individual & Group Formative and Summative 1-12
    Final examination 40 Individual Summative 1-12
    Total 100

    This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment Detail
    In this course, the following assessments will be completed:

    Workshops and Tutorials (individual) (10%)

    - Weekly problems submitted (MiUni) a day before the workshop
    - Each weekly submission accounts for 1% o the final grade
    - Submissions are not graded in the correct answer but in the effort put into the problems
    - Coming to 1 on 1 tutorial with questions will also grant 0.5% per session
    - The maximum amount of points that can be granted is 10% total

    In-class Quizzes (individual) (30%)

    - In weeks 5 and 10 quizzes will be conducted during the workshop session.
    - Each quiz will account for 15% of the final grade

    Project presentation (group/individual) (20%)

    - In week 13, students will present a process design for a pharmaceutical product
    - All members of the group will have allocated sections of the process
    - All members will contribute during their oral presentation
    - Tutorials are also available for groups to help with their project

    Final Exam (individual) (40%) - undertaken during the exam period

    - Final exam is mathematical and problem-solving based
    - The problems will be similar to the ones used during workshops

    All quizzes, tutorials and practical reports will be submitted via MyUni.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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