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CME1025 : Principles of Chemical Engineering

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Fernando Russo Abegao
  • Lecturer: Dr Vladimir Zivkovic, Dr Greg Mutch, Dr Jonathan McDonough
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 13.0


To teach the principles of process analysis using energy and material balances.
To introduce the principles of safety and sustainability as they relate to Chemical Process Design.
To introduce the concepts of corporate risk and liability.
To teach the principles of materials selection.
To demonstrate the breadth of Chemical Engineering as a discipline.

This module is an introduction to some of the basic principles used to analyse and design Chemical Processes. Industrial guest speakers will introduce a range of manufacturing processes demonstrating the breadth of the discipline.

Outline Of Syllabus

Energy and Material Balances.
Units, conversions between units and order of magnitude analysis.
Introduction to Process Safety, including Inherent safety, COSHH and COMAH regulations, consequence of unsafe design and an examination of the issues surrounding the balance of cost and safety.
Introduction to Sustainability, including an examination of sustainability problems, the role of the engineer in tackling these problems, environmental legislation
Corporate risk and liability.
Introduction of Materials, selection of materials for use in process vessels, pipe work and seals.
Basic professional skills - report writing, referencing and presentations.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Written Examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion123:3023:30Exam revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion42:008:00Oral presentation. Each group presentation lasts 15 mins. Students listen to other groups.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture471:0047:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical22:004:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching171:0017:00Case study group work.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching271:0027:00Tutorials and Seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1121:30121:30Review lecture material, prepare for small group teaching
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures deliver the required knowledge and tutorials allow practice of numerical problem solving. Presentations will enable students to develop presentation skills at the same time as information gathering on various industrial chemical processes. Case study small group teaching introduces HYSYS flowsheeting software and reinforces concepts, teaches initiative and links knowledge from related modules across Stage 1.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A50Student must pass this assessment
Oral Examination151M10Sem 1 & 2. Oral presentations on an industrial process. As scheduled for each design group
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study2M40Case Study Group Report. Individual report 2 pages A4 (250 words/page). Students must pass.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam at the end of semester 1 will test the ability to apply the principles of energy and material balances. Students must pass the written examination to pass the module.

The plant design and Industrial assessment will test the students knowledge of the principles of process design and knowledge gained from Industrial presentations. The case study on plant design will assess the ability to apply energy and material balances to a complex system, the use of flow sheet software to simulate complex systems and understanding of the principles of process safety and sustainability. The case study component must be passed in order to pass the module.

The oral presentation on an industrial process will assess the ability to understand process chemistry and presentation and group working skills.

NOTE: a student must pass both Semester 1 written examination and Semester 2 case study in order to pass the module overall.

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