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CE30242: Product and process design (group)

[Page last updated: 23 September 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Chemical Engineering
Credits: 15 [equivalent to 30 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 300
Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Group Report (CW 80%)
  • Group Presentation (CW 20%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Aims: This unit will introduce you to the:
  • Market research to determine the quantities and features of specific products with appropriate functional behaviour derived from specific physical or chemical properties
  • Selection and design of process equipment to manufacture such products, based on chemical or biochemical process plant.
You will work in teams to engage in open-ended research and apply cultural and ethical considerations to design and develop economic and sustainable solutions to complex and open-ended engineering problems.

Learning Outcomes: After successfully completing this unit, you will be able to:
  • Assess the health, safety and sustainability of a complex process (A2c, A4.3d) [CLO: K3]
  • Identify and select the appropriate operation and configuration of that unit, and construct the unit specifications (A2.4b, A2.4a) [CLO: I2]
  • Integrate advanced principles of chemical engineering to create a group product and process design for a complex, open-ended and unfamiliar scenario (A2.5b, A2b, A4.2d, A4.2b, A4.3a, A4.3c, A4.3d, A5.2a) [CLO: I2, I3, P3]
  • Communicate the design and its rationale to an expert audience (A4.2f, A5.2b) [CLO: T3]
  • Recognise relevant elements from other engineering disciplines (A1d) [CLO: K2]
  • Apply the principles of process, plant and project economics (A2.7c, A4.3d) [CLO: K3]
  • Argue for the design decisions based on the combined context of financial, technical, health and safety, environmental, and social considerations (A4.2a) [CLO: K3]

  • Analysis [T,F,A]
  • Problem solving [T,F,A]
  • Design [T,F,A]
  • Numeracy [T,F,A]
  • Modelling [T,F,A]
  • Engineering Health and Safety practice [T,F,A]
  • Presentation [F,A]
  • Team working [F,A]
  • Data management [F,A]
  • Economic analysis [F,A]
  • Research [F,A]

  • Demonstration of effecitve teamworking
  • Perform market research and prepare a business plan
  • Compare alternative designs and identify key decisions
  • Process synthesis and final selection of process flow sheet
  • Short-cut design of key unit operations
  • Mechanical design
  • Economic analysis
  • Process flow sheet optimisation
  • Plant control including start-up and shut-down
  • Plant safety and layout
  • Environmental impact
  • Executive summary and presentation of proposed design.

Programme availability:

CE30242 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Chemical Engineering
  • UECE-AFB12 : BEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering (Year 3)
  • UECE-AFM12 : MEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering (Year 3)
  • UECE-AKM12 : MEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 3)
  • UECE-AFM11 : MEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering with Environmental Engineering (Year 3)
  • UECE-AKM11 : MEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering with Environmental Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 3)


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