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CME3039 : Plant Design

Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 35
ECTS Credits: 20.0


The detailed design of a chemcial process requires a combination of many of the core skills acquired over the three years of a degree programme. It represents a unique exercise in which students can apply and test their knowledge of process selection, conceptual design, equipment design, process safety and sustainability and economic analysis as part of a team exercise. This is applied to a typical client specification and requires to be innovative in suggesting a design solution.

It is a requirement for membership of the Institute of Chemical Engineers that all graduates successfully complete a design project. At the end of the project students will have translated a business, safety or environmental need into a design solution.

Outline Of Syllabus

Design, as part of a small team, a process plant to satisfy a given specification.
All candidates on MEng degrees with specialisms will carry out a project in their respective specialisms.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion10:350:35Exam - Group presentation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1119:25119:25Assessment preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching181:0018:00Design supervisor discussions
Guided Independent StudyProject work1254:00254:00Investigating design options privately or as part of a design group and preparing relevant reports.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork18:008:00Plant visits
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The large guided independent study element in this module reflects the fact that the development of a design comes from many hours spent investigating design options either privately or as a part of a design group and preparing relevant reports. Fieldwork allows students to visit and learn from real industrial processes. Small group teaching is spent with design supervisors receiving answers to specific questions and providing feedback on reports that have been submitted as well as providing an opportunity to interact with visiting specialists.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation352M10Milestone IV. Presentation by whole group lasting 25 mins followed by 10 mins of questions from a panel of industrialists. Week 13
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M20Milestone I. Group report 20 sides of A4 & appendices. Interview with Design Project Supervisor. Set week 1
Report1M30Milestone II. Individual report 20 sides of A4 & appendices. Compulsory pass.
Report2M40Milestone III. Group report 100 sides A4 & appendices. Individual report 10 sides A4. Set week 1
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment is a summative appraisal of a student’s understanding of chemical engineering and ability to apply knowledge and skills to an open-ended design problem addressing a typical client specification.

There will be six students per group.

A student must achieve a mark of 40% on the Milestone II report in order to pass the module. Assuming that the module would otherwise have been passed, failure to reach this mark will have the outcome of a 'deferred pass': this means that the failure on the Milestone II report may be redeemed by one (to confirm) resubmission of the Milestone II report without any increase in the original mark. If the Milestone II report remains failed after resubmission, the student will fail the module with a mark of at most 35 (to confirm), and the same principles will apply to a second attempt at the module with one (to confirm) further resubmission of the Milestone II report allowed.

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