BCHE 4510/6510 - Biochemical Engineering

BCHE 4510/6510 Assignment Page

Spring Semester 2023


Dr. Mark A. Eiteman
021 Riverbend South

Office Hours

There will not be regular "office hours" this semester, and please do not come to my office for assistance with coursework. Instead, students have two options:

1) You may attend Zhelp sessions (i.e., "Zoom help") which will commence January 17. That is, students may voluntarily log into a supplied Zoom Meeting ID, and seek guidance from me. These Zhelp sessions will be:

There may be times I need to modify these times due to personal conflicts, etc.

2) You may email me. This actually works well, just provide me with sufficient detail to allow me to understand your question (e.g., scan your attempts at a homework solution).

Required Texts

UGA Bulletin Course Description

Design and analysis of enzymatic and microbial biological reaction systems.

Offered Credits Level Weekly Instruction Pattern
Spring Semester 3 undergraduate/graduate 3 one hour lectures

Meeting Times/Location

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10:20 - 11:10
Room 1405 Driftmier

Calendar (Spring 2022)

Monday January 9First day of class
Monday January 16Martin Luther King Day
March 6 - March 10Spring Break
Monday May 1Last day of class
Monday May 88:00 - 11:00 Final Exam
Final Exam ConflictsProcedure for Exam Conflicts


ENGR 3520 - Mass Transport and Rate Phenomena
MIBO 3000 or MIBO 3500 - Microbiology (pre/corequisite)
BCMB 3100 or BCMB 4010 - Biochemistry (pre/corequisite)

Prerequisites by Topic

Differential Equations
Computer Programming
Mass Transport

Courses that Require this Course as a Prerequisite


Grading Policy:

Homework 12%12%
Test 1 16% 14%
Test 2 16% 14%
Test 3 16% 14%
Final Exam 22% 20%
Paper 10% 10%
Attendance/Participation 8% 8%
Article Reviews (4) 0% 8%


For a detailed outline of course topics, please see the BCHE 4510 outline web page.

Student Outcomes

1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.


You must turn in paper solutions† to homework (not scanned, digital) by the beginning of class on the assigned due date. I will not accept late homework. Please indicate the source for all information used in the solution of your homework problems. You are encouraged to discuss problems with other students, however, duplicating another student's work will be considered plagiarism, and this practice is unacceptable (see Academic Honesty below). If you receive considerable aid on a particular problem you are to indicate so on your homework. Neatness and clarity will be important factors in assigning homework grades. There will be no unannounced quizzes. For current information on homework, please see the BCHE 4510/6510 homework web page.

† The only exception to the "paper solutions" rule is in the event you have a documented illness or emergency (e.g., COVID). In this case, homework solutions and other assignments must be sent as an attachment to my email eiteman@engr.uga.edu by 12:00 pm noon on the published duedate. The file(s) MUST have the following format for filenames: "Students Name (Last First) Course Number Assignment Name", in that order. If you attach multiple files, distinguish them with "A", "B", etc. For example, the following is an acceptable set of filenames for homework attachments:

Homework may be in any readable file format (e.g., *.pdf, *.doc, *.jpg).

Please pay careful attention to the quality of your 'scan': It is the student's responsibility to submit a readable homework, and unreadable files for whatever reason will receive a zero. Failure to include your name, the course number and the assignment name in any email attachment, delivered by the due time, will result in a zero on that assignment.

Exams and Final Exam

There will be three in-class tests and a comprehensive final during the semester. Tests will be announced at least one week before the date, and will take place during the regularly scheduled class period. You will be supplied with any equations or other information needed.

Written Report

A single (individual) term report will be required in this course, and it must be typewritten and double-spaced. Complete references should be list in alphabetical order beginning on a separate page at the end of the paper.   References from web sites must be from federal government sites or from academic institutions (.gov or .edu). For advice on the preparation of a written report see Preparation of written report.


There are 45 class meetings (which includes the in-class tests). A student must attend 42 class meetings to receive a full "attendance" score. Each absence beyond this number will result in a deduction of 7% in attendance score (about 1/2 letter score per absence, i.e., 41 days of attendance = A, 40 days of attendance = B+, etc.).

A student may also receive credit for significant and meaningful participation in discussion both in class and out of class (zHelp sessions). This credit is used as "bonus" to increase attendance score. The maximum "bonus" is 15%.

Reasonable accommodations/exceptions will be made for students facing unusual circumstances or hardships (see COVID-19 section below). Please communicate with your instructor at eiteman@engr.uga.edu.

The maximum attendance score is 100% regardless of attendance or participation.

Communication Skills

In accordance with departmental policy, thirty percent of the grade on all written assignments will be based on quality of communication. Spelling, grammar, punctuation, and clarity of writing are evidence of written communication quality.

Withdrawal Policy

A student may be withdrawn from this course by the instructor without notification to the student for excessive absences or for failure to complete necessary prerequisites. For this course, "excessive absences" is defined as absences from all of the first three class meetings or four (4) or more absences from any contiguous eight (8) scheduled class meetings. A student may also be withdrawn from this course by the instructor after one warning for disruption of class.

Mental Health and Wellness Resources

If you or someone you know needs assistance, you are encouraged to contact Student Care and Outreach in the Division of Student Affairs at 706-542-7774 or visit sco.uga.edu. They will help you navigate any difficult circumstances you may be facing by connecting you with the appropriate resources or services. UGA has several resources for a student seeking mental health services (www.uhs.uga.edu/bewelluga/bewelluga) or crisis support (www.uhs.uga.edu/info/emergencies). If you need help managing stress anxiety, relationships, etc., please visit BeWellUGA (www.uhs.uga.edu/bewelluga/bewelluga) for a list of FREE workshops, classes, mentoring, and health coaching led by licensed clinicians and health educators in the University Health Center. Additional resources can be accessed through the UGA App.

Engineering Professionalism

The engineering profession is governed by a code of ethics that have developed alongside the rigors of the practice and its many contributions to society. Engineering students at the University of Georgia are responsible for maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and professional practice. Engineering faculty at the University of Georgia expect students to act in a professional manner at all times.

COVID-19 and other infectious diseases

I encourage you to wear a face mask while inside campus facilities, and certainly when you have symptoms of respiratory illness or a positive diagnosis of infection.

If necessary to quarantine and/or miss class, please correspond with your instructor via email at eiteman@engr.uga.edu, and if appropriate, \a copy to Student Care & Outreach, to coordinate continuing your coursework. Reasonable accommdations will be made by the instructor if communication is timely.

Students who are eligible for infection related ADA accommodations (e.g., individuals with underlying medical conditions that put them at higher risk from COVID-19) should refer to the Disability Resource Center.

Students who need other COVID-19 related accommodations (e.g., they live with at-risk individuals) should refer to Student Care and Outreach.


A student may be withdrawn from this course by the instructor without notification to the student for failure to complete necessary prerequisites. A student may also be withdrawn from this course by the instructor after one warning for disruption of class. Ringing of a cell phone during the lecture constitutes a "disruption of class."

The instructor will provide students with an opportunity to complete academic responsibilities resulting from absences due to (for example) 1) observation of religious holidays, 2) significant illness, 3) death in family and 4) emergencies. The instructor requires reasonable (~ one week) written notice of absences as appropriate. Please communicate promptly with instructor such absences, including date and reason for absence, and proposed alternative for academic responsibilities.