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CME3109 : Plant Design

Semester 2 Credit Value: 40
ECTS Credits: 20.0


The detailed design of a chemical process requires a combination of many of the core skills acquired over all 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.

It is a requirement for membership of the Institution of Chemical Engineers that all graduates successfully complete a design project.

Outline Of Syllabus

Design, as part of a small team, a process plant to achieve a specified output using a prescribed process.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion10:350:35Exam - Group presentation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00Tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork18:008:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1373:25373:25Independent study to investigate design options either privately or as part of the design group.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The large private 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 part of the design group. The tutorial time is spent with design supervisors receiving answers to specific questions and feedback on reports that have been submitted.
Fieldwork allows students to visit and learn from real industrial processes.
Seminars provide 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 the whole group lasting 25 mins followed by 10 mins of questions from a panel
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M20Milestone I. Group report 20 sides of A4 & appendices. Interview with design project supervisor
Report2M30Milestone II. Individual report 15 sides of A4 & appendices
Report2M40Milestone III. Group report 60 sides of A4 & appendices. Individual report 6 sides of A4 (300 words per page)
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 design a plant using a prescribed process.

6 students per group.

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