Module Catalogue 2020/21

CME3039 : Plant Design

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jonathan Lee
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 35
ECTS Credits: 20.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

All previous stages of Chemical Engineering Degree.

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



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.

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 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.

Reading Lists

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 may have the outcome of a 'deferred pass', at the discretion of the Board of Examniners: this means that the failure on the Milestone II report may be redeemed by one 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, and the same principles will apply to a second attempt at the module with one further resubmission of the Milestone II report allowed.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes

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Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2020/21 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2021/22 entry will be published here in early-April 2021. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.