IMAK2005 - Chemical and Biotechnological Process Technology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours HJELPEMIDD

Course content

Fermentation technology principles; media composition, development, optimization and upscaling of fermentation processes, unit operations (downstream) processes, reactor design and dimensioning. Examples of various biotechnological processes. Enzymatic processes (biocatalysis / biotransformation).

Calculations of material and energy balances for one- and multi-stage systems, both with and without reactor and recycling. Simple and complex reaction scheme and reaction scope. Calculation of change in enthalpy by chemical reactions, phase transition and dilution. Examples of industrial processes and how these are described by balance equations. Simple process modeling.

Learning outcome

  • The student can describe and explain the principles for and developement of a fermentation process including downstream processes.
  • The student can calculate yield, oxygen demand and oxygen transfer in a biological production process.
  • The student has knowledge of how to set up and run a lab-scale bioreactor experiment, as well as interpret measurement data.
  • The student can describe and give examples of sustainable, industrial biological production processes.
  • The student can describe and explain how mass and energy balances are calculated, and can perform quantitative calculations in a chemical stationary system, both with and without reactor and recirculation.
  • The student can set up and interpret flowchart and perform degree of freedom analysis, as well as set up relevant balance equations based on the form.
  • The student can perform simple process modeling using relevant digital tools such as Python.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, theory and laboratory work (demonstration) with compulsory attendance. Expected time: Lectures: 60 hours, exercises+ project: 30 hours, laboratory work (demonstration, calculations included):10 hours. Self study: 100 hours

Compulsory assignments

  • Project
  • Theory exrcises
  • Laboratory work (demo)

Further on evaluation

All compulsory work requirements (exercises, laboratory exercises, project) must be approved in order to take the final written examination. Information is given on the requirements for the number of approved exercises, project and details on the compulsory laboratory work (demonstration experiments) with submission of reports at the beginning of the semester.

Deferred examination: August. For postponed exams (continuation exams), written exams can be changed to oral exams. For applications for crediting, approval and integration of courses from previous years or other institutions' equivalent education, each application will be dealt with individually and the applicant must be able to count credits for overlapping courses.

Allow aids: All calculators with the following limitation: Must not have communication capabilities with other data devices, Do not allow connected power, Do not noise, Do not have reading equipment other than display, Must only be one - 1 object, Must have pocket size. Aylward and Findlays SI Chemical Data (Blackman & Gahan)

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Chemistry - Engineering (FTHINGKJ)

Required previous knowledge

Admission to the course requires admission at the Bachelor program in Chemical engineering of Engineering, NTNU, Trondheim

Course materials

Felder & Rousseau, Elementary principles of Chemical Processes, 4th.edition

Peter F. Stanbury, Allan Whitaker, Stephen J. Hall, Principles of fermentation technology,2017, 3th.edition

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Chemistry and processing
  • Engineering Subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Materials Science and Engineering


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 HJELPEMIDD INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 HJELPEMIDD INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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