Metabolism and Bioengineering

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Metabolism and Bioengineering

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Cell and Molecular Biology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    MCB2020F and MCB2021F (or home university equivalents.)

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course will introduce students to some key aspects of metabolic energy production and how this can be exploited in developing renewable energy production. It aims to raise awareness of issues at the forefront of the discipline and give students the ability to dissect problems in order to identify solutions. Specific topics covered will include the metabolic diversity in Bacteria and Archaea e.g. nitrogen fixation, methane production; anoxygenic photosynthesis will be considered and well as how the growth of microorganisms can be controlled by physical, chemical, mechanical, or biological means. The harnessing of photosynthesis in plants and algae for renewable energy production, as well as the conversion of biomass to other fuels, will also be discussed.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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