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CME1028 : Chemical Engineering Laboratory

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Eni Oko
  • Lecturer: 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: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


This module allows students to study and contextualise important chemical engineering principles in the laboratory. The experiments demonstrate important concepts from the Chemistry and Transfer Processes Modules.

Additionally, students will also learn basic professional skills such as report writing, oral presentations, referencing and plagiarism, which the students will put into practise and demonstrate through the varied assessments.

The year-long nature of the module allows for embedded reflective practise. Students will reflect on their laboratory practice, report writing and presentation skills as they progress throughout the year. The lab-assessment cycle also embeds continuous improvement: students will participate in a laboratory session and then submit their assessment > students will reflect on their strengths/weaknesses before receiving feedback > students will then reflect on the feedback > students will participate in their next laboratory session and submit an improved assessment > and so on.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students will complete 4 laboratory practical sessions related to Chemistry (CME1029) and 4 related to Transfer Processes (CME1023).

Students will be assessed in the form of either a short oral presentation, written lab report, or lab book discussion, or equivalent.

Lectures on basic professional skills will run in parallel to the initial laboratory sessions before the assessments are to be submitted.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion621:0062:00Writing reports, preparing and delivering oral presentations, compiling reflective logs, lab book discussions
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials80:304:00Canvas materials which introduce each practical, including brief videos recapping relevant theory.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:006:00Lectures on basic professional skills.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical83:0024:00Laboratory Sessions
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity80:304:00Students to reflect after each practical and assessment, noting what went well, what could be improved, and areas where development is required.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are used to introduce the students to the module and to cover the basic professional skills content. The students then learn the laboratory practice and carry out experiments during the practical classes in the lab. Those are followed by time for data analysis, report preparation, and reflective practice in small groups.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M60Written reports or equivalent to summarise the practicals throughout the year.
Oral Presentation2M20Oral presentation or equivalent to summarise the practical
Reflective log2M20Lab Book Discussions. Students will reflect on the practical itself and their professional skills development (AHEP C18)
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Practical/lab report1MFirst written lab report is formative to allow students to develop skills before first summative presentation.
Oral Presentation1MFirst oral presentation is formative to allow students to develop skills before the summative presentation.
Reflective log2MStudents to record and compile reflection forms for each experiment which will feed into the lab book discussions.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The summative written reports and oral presentations will test the knowledge of engineering concepts relevant to the laboratory session and will also test the ability to present effective summaries of scientific information using appropriate styles. This will include the ability to search and use scientific literature to support discussions and analysis, scientific writing, and interpretate, describe and present scientific data in appropriate formats (AHEP4 C1-4, 8, 11-12, 16-17).

The lab book discussion will assess student’s ability to reflect on their own practices in group work, laboratory work and planning, scientific analysis, scientific writing, and communication (AHEP4 C1-4, 12, 16-18).

The formative coursework elements provide the opportunity for students to gain feedback on their initial assessments before the summative assessments take place.

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