Module Catalogue 2024/25

CME8120 : Advanced Design Project

CME8120 : Advanced Design Project

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Mark Willis
  • Lecturer: Dr Colin Hare, Dr Chris O'Malley, Dr Katarina Novakovic, Dr Dana Ofiteru, Dr Wenting Hu
  • 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: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

Code Title
CME3039Plant Design
Pre Requisite Comment



Modules you need to take at the same time

Co Requisite Comment



To carry out an in-depth design study of selected unit operations through dynamic modelling and simulation and then to apply this knowledge to an advanced design project. The study will involve the modelling of reactor systems. In conjunction with model development, corresponding software will be developed for the purpose of simulation. At the end of the course, the student’s attitude should move away from: ‘Dynamic model development and coding is too complex’ towards: ‘It is possible to describe systems using dynamic models. However, all models have limitations. It is an engineer’s responsibility to be aware of these limitations and to choose a model which is of sufficient complexity to give an answer of the required accuracy’.

Outline Of Syllabus

The course will start by developing the necessary background skills for dynamic modelling: dynamic mass and energy balances; model conceptualisation; model data requirements; model construction; model solution; model validation; model application. In parallel with modelling, the software development skills of the students will be enhanced. Work will be done on an individual basis.

Students will then undertake an advanced design study of the dynamics of a unit operation. This study could include for example the start-up of the unit, the control of the unit, or shut-down.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Students should be able to:
Acquire a deeper understanding of the dynamic behaviour of unit operations (M1, M3, M4)
Understand and apply this knowledge to more advanced process design (M1, M2, M3, M6, M7, M12).

Intended Skill Outcomes

Students should be able to:

Construct dynamic models of unit operations and simulate their performance (M1,M3,M12,M16)
Write computer code for the purpose of simulation (M3, M12, M16)
Identify issues within process design that that could be enhanced through dynamics (M2,M6)
Understand the dynamic interaction between chemical and physical systems M6, M12).

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture42:008:00Lectures covering the core material
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Preparation and completion of design project report
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials103:0030:00Activity modules (Canvas). Detailed notes supported by videos, quizzes, 1 formative assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical83:0024:00Scheduled computing laboratories
Guided Independent StudyProject work1112:00112:00Extensive study of complex dynamic system. Comprises individual dynamic scenario testing.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery61:006:00Sessions (1:1 or sub-group) with project supervisor are available for support. To be scheduled by the supervisors.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide theoretical background to conceptual design and programming.
The Canvas activity modules support this through illustration and problem solving while the computing laboratories will assist with the practical implementation of these theoretical concepts.

Guided independent project work study will include individual model development and dynamic testing supported through video examples and discussion boards.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj1M100Assessment of individual design report that considers development and testing of a dynamic model.
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Computer assessmentMMCQ Assessment (1 hour)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The design report and the completed programme provide the opportunity for the student to demonstrate the achievement of all the intended learning outcomes. Students will work individually developing code which will be tested under specific dynamic scenarios.
The design report will comprise discussion, explanation and analysis with the remainder dedicated to figures, graphs and tables generated from mathematical models.
The module includes a formative MCQ which is pass/fail and if a student fails this they will have to resit.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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