Module Catalogue 2023/24

CME3039 : Plant Design

CME3039 : Plant Design

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jonathan Lee
  • Lecturer: Dr Eni Oko, Dr Chris O'Malley, Dr Mark Willis, Dr Wenting Hu, Dr Vladimir Zivkovic, Professor Jarka Glassey, Dr Evangelos Papaioannou, Dr Stevin Pramana, Dr Jie Zhang, Dr Colin Hare, Prof. Marloes Peeters, Dr Sharon Velasquez Orta, Dr Richard Law, Dr Jonathan McDonough, Professor Adam Harvey, Dr Katarina Novakovic, Professor Kamelia Boodhoo, Dr Dana Ofiteru, Dr Maria Vicevic, Professor Anh Phan, Dr Fernando Russo Abegao
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 35
ECTS Credits: 20.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

Pre Requisite Comment

All previous stages of Chemical Engineering Degree.


Modules you need to take at the same time

Co Requisite Comment



The detailed design of a chemical 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.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

As a result of completing the design project students should have:

-Developed an integrated approach to Chemical Engineering

-Applied chemical engineering principles to a problem of industrial relevance

-Designed equipment to deliver a process objective which satisfies a given specification

-Critically analysed design aspects of a given operational/design problem

-Considered the safety, sustainability and environmental issues of the process they are designing

-Integrated all the elements of the design into a safe sustainable and economically feasible processing system.

Intended Skill Outcomes

-Working in a group to meet deadlines and deliver a multi-faceted project

-Application of numerical and computer skills to design problems

-Ability to sell the chosen design to engineers from the chemical industry via oral presentation

-Report Writing

-Oral Presentation and Communication

-Minute taking

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion331:0033:00Preparation of reports for milestones 1, 2 and 3. Presentations for milestones 1 and 4.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading401:0040:00Reading about chemical engineering design methods and procedures.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops60:303:00Present in person delivery. Design project Briefings, milestone briefings and HAZOP workshops.
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion401:0040:00Discussions between the design group supervisor and individual group members via email, PiP or zoom.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops13:003:00Present in person workshop organised by BCECA on the design process and team building.
Guided Independent StudyProject work2001:00200:00Collation of information about the chemical process, understanding design methods etc.
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity601:0060:00Design group meetings organised and led by the students. Design group supervisor is not present.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery60:202:00Present in person discussions between staff and students to help with the milestone 2 task.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision181:0018:00Present in person delivery, scheduled over two semesters. Design group supervision meetings
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Present in person delivery, Scheduled during induction weeks. Introduction to the design project.
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.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation302M10Milestone IV. Presentation by whole group lasting 25 mins followed by 5 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 project supervisors Set week 1
Report2M30Milestone 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 may have the outcome of a 'deferred pass', at the discretion of the Board of Examiners: this means that the failure on the Milestone II report may be redeemed by one re-submission of the Milestone II report without any increase in the original mark. If the Milestone II report remains failed after re-submission, the student will fail the module with a mark of at most 35, and the same principles will apply to a second attempt at the module with one further re-submission of the Milestone II report allowed.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes

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