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Syllabus ( BENG 457 )


   Basic information
Course title: Biopolymers
Course code: BENG 457
Lecturer: Dr. Cansu ÜLKER TURAN
ECTS credits: 5
GTU credits: 3 ()
Year, Semester: 4, Spring
Level of course: First Cycle (Undergraduate)
Type of course: Departmental Elective
Language of instruction: English
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Pre- and co-requisites: none
Professional practice: No
Purpose of the course: This course aims to acquire knowledge to students about biopolymers and their applications.
   Learning outcomes Up

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the applications of biopolymers.

    Contribution to Program Outcomes

    1. Acquire knowledge on current bioengineering applications from the industrial and scientific aspects
    2. Combine, Interpret, and analyze different subfields of bioengineering
    3. Develop an awareness of continuous learning in relation with modern technology.
    4. Demonstrate sufficiency in English to follow literature, present technical projects and write articles

    Method of assessment

    1. Written exam
    2. Seminar/presentation
    3. Term paper
  2. Identify the biopolymers based on their types.

    Contribution to Program Outcomes

    1. Acquire knowledge on biological, chemical, physical and mathematical principles which constitute the basis of bioengineering applications
    2. Combine, Interpret, and analyze different subfields of bioengineering
    3. Demonstrate sufficiency in English to follow literature, present technical projects and write articles

    Method of assessment

    1. Written exam
    2. Seminar/presentation
    3. Term paper
  3. Explain the characterization methods of biopolymers.

    Contribution to Program Outcomes

    1. Acquire knowledge on biological, chemical, physical and mathematical principles which constitute the basis of bioengineering applications
    2. Combine, Interpret, and analyze different subfields of bioengineering
    3. Develop an awareness of continuous learning in relation with modern technology.

    Method of assessment

    1. Written exam
  4. Explain the processing methods of biopolymers.

    Contribution to Program Outcomes

    1. Acquire knowledge on current bioengineering applications from the industrial and scientific aspects
    2. Combine, Interpret, and analyze different subfields of bioengineering
    3. Develop an awareness of continuous learning in relation with modern technology.

    Method of assessment

    1. Written exam
   Contents Up
Week 1: Introduction to biopolymers, classification of biopolymers
Week 2: Biocompatibility and biodegradability
Week 3: Enzymatic biopolymer synthesis
Week 4: Characterization of biopolymers
Week 5: Processing methods used for biopolymers
Project assignment
Week 6: Medical applications of biopolymers
Week 7: Packaging applications of biopolymers
Week 8: Cosmetic applications of biopolymers
Midterm Exam
Week 9: Natural biopolymers – Proteins
Paper presentations-I
Week 10: Natural biopolymers – Carbohydrates
Paper presentations-II
Week 11: Microbial biopolymers
Paper presentations-III
Week 12: Synthetic biopolymers – Biomass based
Paper presentations-IV
Week 13: Synthetic biopolymers – Petroleum based
Paper presentations-V
Week 14: General review,
Paper Presentations-VI
Project submission
Week 15*: -
Week 16*: Final Exam
Textbooks and materials: -Thomas, S., Gopi, S., Amalraj, A., Biopolymers and their industrial applications, 2021, Elsevier.
-Koller, M., Current Advances in Biopolymer Processing and Characterization (Biomaterials-Properties, Production and Devices), 2017, Nova publishers.
Recommended readings: -Kobayashi, S., Uyama, H., Kadokawa, J., Enzymatic polymerization towards green polymer chemistry, 2019, Springer.
-Shamshina, J., Rogers, R.D., Green Electrospinning, 2019, De Gruyter.
  * Between 15th and 16th weeks is there a free week for students to prepare for final exam.
Assessment Up
Method of assessment Week number Weight (%)
Mid-terms: 8 30
Other in-term studies: 0
Project: 5-14 30
Homework: 0
Quiz: 0
Final exam: 16 40
  Total weight:
(%)
   Workload Up
Activity Duration (Hours per week) Total number of weeks Total hours in term
Courses (Face-to-face teaching): 3 14
Own studies outside class: 1 14
Practice, Recitation: 0 0
Homework: 0 0
Term project: 2 10
Term project presentation: 5 1
Quiz: 0 0
Own study for mid-term exam: 2 8
Mid-term: 2 1
Personal studies for final exam: 3 8
Final exam: 2 1
    Total workload:
    Total ECTS credits:
*
  * ECTS credit is calculated by dividing total workload by 25.
(1 ECTS = 25 work hours)
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