Quantification of Biological Processes
Semester Taught - Fall
Quantitative description and analysis of biological processes pertaining to microbes, plants, animals, and ecosystems. Biological transport phenomena, bioenergetics, enzyme kinetics, metabolism, bioregulation, circulatory and muscle systems, and agroecosystems. Analytical and experimental laboratory for development of quantitative skills.
ABE2062 or BSC2010/2011, EML3100, EGN3353 OR CWR3201, ABE3612C or EML4140
- Gain fundamental knowledge needed to understand quantitative descriptions and analyses of basic biological processes
- Develop skills to identify, formulate, and solve problems in biological systems
- Develop teamwork and presentation skills in engineering design
- Introduce modern computational software used in analyzing biological processes
Contributions of Course to Meeting the Professional Component for ABET
This course contributes 3 credit hours toward meeting the minimum 48 credit hours of Engineering Topics in the basic-level curriculum for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering.
Relationship of Course to Program Outcomes
From the list of (a) through (k) program outcomes listed below, this course addresses the following (a), (e), (g), and (k).
ABET Program Outcomes
- (a) Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
- (b) Design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data
- (c) Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
- (d) Function on multi-disciplinary teams
- (e) Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
- (f) Understand professional and ethical responsibilities
- (g) Communicate effectively
- (h) Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
- (i) Recognize the need for, and engage in life long learning
- (j) Understand contemporary engineering issues
- (k) Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
Dr. Melanie Correll
Office location: 209 Rogers Hall
Telephone: 352-392-1864 x 209
Class Materials Required
Title: Introduction to Computational Science
Author: Angela B. Shiftlet and George W. Shiftlet
Publication Date and edition: Princeton University Press, Copyright 2006
ISBN Number: 0-691-12565-1
Biological Process Engineering - Author: Arthur T. Johnson, Publication date and edition: John Wiley and Sons, Inc Copyright 1999 ISBN Number: 0-471-24547-X
Transport Phenomena in Biological Systems. Copyright 2004. Trudskey, G.A., Yuan, F., and Katz D. F. Pearson Education Inc. ISBN 0-13-042204-5.
Transport Phenomena, 2nd Edition. Copyright 2002. Bird, R.B., Stewart, W.E., and Lightfoot, E.N. ISBN: 0-471-41077-2
- Other assigned reading material will be provided by the instructor.
- Introduction; Transport Processes in Biological Systems
- Modeling Biological Systems • Enzyme Kinetics (Mass Transfer Systems)
- Bioregulation; Metabolism; Population Dynamics
- Field Equations, Boundary Conditions, Systems Biology
- Conservation of Mass, Continuity Equation, Conservation of Energy, Bernoulli Equation (Fluid Flow Systems)
- Momentum Balance, Viscosity, Navier-Stokes, Drag Coefficients, Friction Losses; Non Newtonian Fluids (Fluid Flow Systems)
- Convection, Conduction (Heat Transfer Systems)
- Heat Storage in Biological Systems (Heat Transfer Systems)
- Mass Balance, Diffusion (Mass Transfer Systems)
- Bioregulation (microbes, animals)
- Metabolism; Respiration, Photosynthesis
Attendance and Expectations
Students are expected to arrive on time and attend all classes. Homework assignments are due AS INDICATED ON ASSIGNMENT USUALLY BEFORE CLASS on the day specified for full credit (10% deduction/day thereafter; after three “class” days no credit will be given).
Cell phone and musical device use is not allowed during class.
A C- will not be a qualifying grade for critical tracking courses. In order to graduate, students must have an overall GPA and an upper-division GPA of 2.0 or better (C or better). Note: a C- average is equivalent to a GPA of 1.67, and therefore, it does not satisfy this graduation requirement. For more information on grades and grading policies, please visit: https://catalog.ufl.edu/ugrad/current/regulations/info/grades.aspx
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No make-up exams will be given except for valid medical reasons or unless prior arrangements have been made.
In 1995 the UF student body enacted an honor code and voluntarily committed itself to the highest standards of honesty and integrity. When students enroll at the university, they commit themselves to the standard drafted and enacted by students.
The Honor Pledge: We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.
On all work submitted for credit by students at the university, the following pledge is either required or implied: "On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment."
Students should report any condition that facilitates dishonesty to the instructor, department chair, college dean, Student Honor Council, or Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution in the Dean of Students Office.
(Source: 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog)
It is assumed all work will be completed independently unless the assignment is defined as a group project, in writing by the instructor.
This policy will be vigorously upheld at all times in this course.
Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The Disability Resource Center coordinates the needed accommodations of students with disabilities. This includes registering disabilities, recommending academic accommodations within the classroom, accessing special adaptive computer equipment, providing interpretation services and mediating faculty-student disability related issues.
0001 Reid Hall, 352-392-8565, www.dso.ufl.edu/drc/
All faculty, staff and students of the university are required and expected to obey the laws and legal agreements governing software use. Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator. Because such violations are also against university policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate.
Campus Helping Resources
Students experiencing crises or personal problems that interfere with their general well-being are encouraged to utilize the university’s counseling resources. The Counseling & Wellness Center provides confidential counseling services at no cost for currently enrolled students. Resources are available on campus for students having personal problems or lacking clear career or academic goals, which interfere with their academic performance.
- University Counseling & Wellness Center, 3190 Radio Road, 352-392-1575, www.counseling.ufl.edu/cwc/
Groups and Workshops
Outreach and Consultation
Community Provider Database
- Career Resource Center, First Floor JWRU, 392-1601, www.crc.ufl.edu/