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CE50231: Conceptual design group activity

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Chemical Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 60%, OT 40%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Group Report & Presentation (OT 40%)
  • Individual Report (CW 60%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
This unit offers the learning opportunities to apply and integrate Chemical Engineering principles and sustainability concepts for designing sustainable industrial systems. Group and individual activities will prepare students for their future professional working environment. Students will be able to learn and develop essential skills effectively through this hands-on project experience which will also be supported by a series of lectures.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion students will be able to:
* Apply Chemical Engineering knowledge and skills to complete a sustainable process design using a holistic approach; i.e. considering social, environmental and techno-economic aspects.
* Analyse problems through critical thinking and problem-solving approaches to process design.
* Identify input data, working with incomplete data and interpret results.
* Demonstrate competence in applying a simulation tool for process modelling.
* Develop scientific writing skills and professional presentation skills for illustrating ideas, methods and findings.
* Demonstrate appropriate interpersonal skills for the professional working environment (e.g. leadership skills, team working, communication and time management).

Problem solving; critical thinking; holistic appraisal; planning; numeracy; written communication; oral communication; working as part of a group; leadership; IT.


* Students will work in small groups on multi-disciplinary problems of an investigative nature which specifically addresses aspects of 'integrated engineering'
* Entrepreneurial minded learning.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

CE50231 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Chemical Engineering


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