CHEE 229

Cell-Based Engineering Principles



Laura WellsBioSci


Fredrick Bulondo

Course Description

Introduction to the Biological, Biochemical and Life Science principles of cell/enzyme based engineering systems and processes. The emphasis will be placed on microbial cell culture, but comparisons will be drawn to related systems including viral, plant and animal cell culture as it relates to medicine, industrial practice or the environment. (0/35/0/13/0)

PREREQUISITES:  APSC 131 and APSC 132; or equivalents or permission of the Department.


Objectives and Outcomes

The objective of this course is to develop the application of the knowledge of the metabolic and molecular nature of prokaryotes and eukaryotes to solve problems in medicine, industry and the environment. 

Specific outcomes include:

CLO1 Identify and explain the major cellular processes in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. KB Bio (a)
CLO2 Describe the interrelationships between organisms and their environments. KB Bio (a)
CLO3 Identify and describe the relationship between structure and function on a molecular, cellular, and organismal level. KB Bio (a)
CLO4 Identify a range of fields where biological systems are being applied to solve engineering problems, and discuss the most recent advances in each field, as well as the strengths and limitations of each approach. KB Bio (a)
CLO5 Explain a variety of advanced molecular and cellular biology techniques used for the characterization and manipulation of micro-organisms, with applications in medicine, industry, and the environment. KB Bio (a)
CLO6 Demonstrate laboratory knowledge and expertise with microbiological techniques. IN (c)

Relevance to the Program

This engineering course covers cell-based knowledge and principles important in biochemical and biomedical engineering.  The knowledge and skills in this course will prepare students for upper year biochemical and biomedical engineering courses, such as CHEE 342, 340, 440, 484. 

Course Structure and Activities

This course represents a study period of one semester spanning 6 weeks and is a 4 unit course. Learners can expect to invest on average 20+ hours per week in this course. Learners who adhere to a pre-determined study schedule are more likely to successfully complete the course.  A recommended schedule is posted on the course website on onQ.


Required Textbook: J. Willey, L. Sherwood, C. Woolverton. 2020. Prescott, Harley and Klein’s Microbiology. 11th Edition. McGraw-Hill, Boston, MA. Print ISBN 9781259281594

All course lecture slides, labs, and tutorials will be posted on the CHEE 229 onQ website.