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Design And Development Of Educational Modules For Bioprocess Engineering

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

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June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

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June 17, 2009



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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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14.408.1 - 14.408.15



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Rick Williams East Carolina University

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Stacy Klein-Gardner

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Loren Limberis

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Stephanie Sullivan East Carolina University

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Design and Development of Educational Modules for Bioprocess Engineering


East Carolina University’s new general engineering program is built around the goal of excellence in undergraduate education. The faculty members of the program are encouraged to pursue novel approaches to engineering education in order to achieve this goal. The newly created concentration in bioprocess engineering provides an excellent opportunity to develop and implement a novel curriculum based upon proven pedagogical approaches designed to engage the students and improve their mastery of concepts. There are four main objectives of this NSF funded (DUE-0737198) Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement project: utilize proven techniques to develop nine instructional modules for three bioprocess engineering courses (three modules per course); develop common themes to integrate subsets of these modules between two or more courses, while ensuring portability to other programs; assess the effectiveness of the instructional modules; and disseminate the results so other programs can incorporate the modules into their curriculum. This paper provides a first year update of this two year project and includes a description of each of the nine newly developed modules, the assessment plan, and the results of the assessments to date.

Project Introduction and Objectives

East Carolina University (ECU) is a large regional university that serves eastern rural North Carolina and the eastern region of the United States. The industries and businesses located among the small towns of eastern North Carolina have a need for a broadly skilled general engineer. The rationale for a general engineering program at ECU is made by Kauffmann et al.1 “Instead of the traditional engineering disciplines, these operations require engineering generalists with a strong theoretical background, broad knowledge in a range of areas, and specific skills in problem solving to give them a sound but flexible base for managing and implementing technology change and operations.” In 2004, East Carolina University initiated a bachelor’s degree program in general engineering (BSE) to fulfill this requirement. The BSE curriculum is implemented “through a concept and program identified as the Integrated Collaborative Engineering Educational Environment (ICEE). The ICEE program… emphasizes a broad but highly integrated foundation of engineering fundamentals and engineering sciences necessary for a general engineer.”1

The ECU engineering program features a common core that develops the fundamental engineering skills and four concentrations that build specialized knowledge: systems engineering, engineering management, biomedical engineering, and bioprocess engineering. The engineering graduates that specialize in the bioprocessing concentration will work in one of the fastest growing segments of the eastern North Carolina’s economy; bioprocessing and pharmaceutical manufacturing. These engineers will require the skills to support, operate, and improve these biomanufacturing processes. The current bioprocessing curriculum has six additional courses beyond the engineering core curriculum: Microbiology, Organic Chemistry, Introduction to Bioprocess Engineering (BIOE 3000), Bioprocess Validation and Quality (BIOE 4000), Bioprocess Separation Engineering (BIOE 4010), Bioprocess Plant Design, and

Williams, R., & Klein-Gardner, S., & Limberis, L., & Sullivan, S. (2009, June), Design And Development Of Educational Modules For Bioprocess Engineering Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--5215

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