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CME1025 : Principles of Chemical Engineering (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2024/25
  • 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

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

Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 13.0
European Credit Transfer System


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

Basic professional skills - report writing, oral presentations, referencing and plagiarism prevention.

Units, conversions between units and order of magnitude analysis.

Material and Energy Balances, and introduction to process simulation tools to solve material and energy balances.

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 to science of materials, properties, and selection of materials for use in process vessels, pipe work and seals.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00Revision, quizzes, preparation and delivery of presentation, exam, preparation case study report.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture391:0039:00Present in person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical32:006:00Present in person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching191:0019:00Present in person
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion511:0051:00Online non-synchronous learning: VLE content, videos, reading, lecture and tutorial materials
Guided Independent StudyProject work801:0080:00Group work for Industrial Process Presentations. Group work for Case Study.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study251:0025:00Revision, preparation for classes, library search, additional materials and problems.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Structured Guided Online Learning Lectures deliver the required knowledge and Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities for module induction and tutorials sessions allow practice of numerical problem solving. Video 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 Examination1201A50Written exam. Student must pass
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study2M40Case Study Group Report (5-6 people). Individual report 2 pages A4 (250 words/page). Students must pass.
Oral Examination1M107 minute Oral presentation on an industrial process. As scheduled for each design group. Video submission
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam will test the ability to apply the principles of energy and material balances. Students must pass the written examination average 40%.

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, including elements of video and multimedia usage.

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

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