Bioproduct manufacturing is an emerging but fast-growing industry. It looks at innovatively converting natural renewable biological resources, such as wood and crop waste, into a wide range of value-added chemicals, materials and energy. With the increasing challenges with resource scarcity and environmental pollution, there is a strong global demand for bioproduct engineers who can design sustainable and environmentally-friendly solutions for new materials and energy-efficient sources.
This course integrates core engineering principles with specialist topics in the field of bioresource processing. Students will gain enhanced technical and research skills and also develop entrepreneurial acumen sought by a broad range of industries, especially bio-based industries, both locally and internationally.
The course will suit engineers already working in bio-based industries and also new graduates with related qualifications who want to play a vital role in the transformative technologies for the future in the sustainable global bio-economy.
The online approach of this course will enable students to maintain their professional career whilst gaining an expert master's qualification.
These course outcomes are aligned to the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).
Upon successful completion of this course, it is expected that students will be able to:
- assess numerical and data analysis problems from an engineering perspective with reference to relevant social, cultural, environmental, legislative, ethical and business factors;
- practice evidence-based entrepreneurship by formulating and testing hypotheses with potential customers to enhance internal and external business relationships;
- design bioproduct manufacturing processes for a variety of biomass feedstocks based on classical chemical reaction engineering and advanced biotechnology processes;
- describe in detail the origin, characterisation, production techniques and applications of naturally occurring biopolymers;
- demonstrate lean manufacturing techniques in relation to bioproduct manufacturing processing to ensure timely and cost-effective project delivery;
- critically evaluate potential bioproduct manufacturing opportunities and projects to provide sustainable, innovative product pathways for new and existing plants;
- apply sound scientific and research methodologies to bioproduct manufacturing projects, while taking into account social, economic and practical engineering aspects of the operation and integration of bioproduct manufacturing processes.
The course comprises 8 units (48 points) structured into three parts: Part A. Core units, Part B. Specialist units and Part C. Research and knowledge units.
Part A. Core units
These units are designed to establish IT and data literacy and develop essential skills that translate theory into engineering practice.
Part B. Specialist units
Students will identify, interpret and critically appraise current developments and advanced technologies, and apply this knowledge within the bioproduct manufacturing discipline.
Part C. Research and knowledge units
Students will complete an industry-related research project, undertaken over two consecutive semesters and in close contact with a Faculty academic in a relevant field of choice. Students will apply the practical and theoretical skills gained in the other 6 units to this project.
This course is delivered online only.
This course comprises eight units (48 points) which are structured into three parts: Part A. Core units (12 points), Part B. Specialist units (24 points) and Part C. Research and knowledge units (12 points). All students complete Part A, Part B and Part C.
The course progression mapcourse progression map (https://www.monash.edu/engineering/current-students/enrolment-and-re-enrolment/course-information/course-maps) will assist you to plan to meet the course requirements, and guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.
Units are 6 points unless otherwise indicated.
Part A: Core units (12 points)
- ENG5001 Advanced engineering data analysis
- CHE5002 Industrial entrepreneurship
Part B: Specialist units (24 points)
- CHE5882 Biomass and biorefineries
- CHE5886 Advanced biopolymers
- CHE5887 Lean bioproduct manufacturing
- CHE5888 Sustainability and innovation
Part C: Research and knowledge units (12 points)
Progression to further studies
This course may serve as a pathway to a higher degree by research. Students will need to demonstrate a strong academic record in their prior and/or current studies.
Students considering a research degree are advised to consult the course coordinator in regards to course progression.