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CE10224: Science for chemical engineering

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2018/9
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Chemical Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 12      [equivalent to 24 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 240
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Academic Year
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Examination (EX 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To provide students of Chemical Engineering with the key scientific concepts in Chemistry, Physics and Biology that relate the production of useful industrial products, processes and services.

Learning Outcomes:
After successfully completing this unit students will be able to:
* Explain the key chemical concepts that relate to reactivity in a chemical process
* Interpret the nomenclature of organic compounds, reproduce their structures and assess the reactivity in terms of structure
* Describe the principle of control over reaction pathways using catalysis
* Identify the role of the concepts of 'sustainable chemistry' in the design of chemical processes
* Describe the basic chemistry, structure and function of biomolecules
* Explain the role of DNA, genetics and enzymes in regulating biological activity
* Apply a basic understanding of different forms of energy, resolving forces and motion to problem solving
* Use an understanding of the principles of material science, including physical and mechanical properties, in problem solving


* Be able to recognise the integration of knowledge in Chemistry, Physics and Biology (T, F, A)
* Apply the appropriate methods to analyse and solve problems (T, F, A)
* Critically analyse information and construct logical arguments (T, F, A)


* The concept of atoms, electronic structure and molecular bonding.
* An introduction to the types of chemical reaction, principles of catalysis, reaction pathways and activation energies.
* An introduction to 'clean synthesis' and 'green chemistry', biochemical processes in relation to industry.
* The concept of state of matters for example, gases (ideal and non-ideal), liquids and solutions, and solids
* Physical and chemical equilibrium of processes
* Basic principles of mechanics and the effect of forces in relation to particles
* Gibbs' free energy, chemical potential and physical chemistry of interfaces
* An introduction to the chemistry, structure and function of organic and biochemical compounds, for example the classification of microbes and their requirements for growth and potential products.
* Introduction to material science for example solid phase diagrams of polymeric and composite metals.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

CE10224 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Chemical Engineering
  • UECE-AFB05 : BEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering (Year 1)
  • UECE-AKB05 : BEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 1)
  • UECE-AFM05 : MEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering (Year 1)
  • UECE-AKM05 : MEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 1)