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CME1030 : Principles of Chemical Engineering

  • Offered 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: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


This module aims to introduce students to principles of chemical processes analysis and design by guiding students through the elementary concepts of processes and their applications, the variables and unit used to describe those processes and the quantitative frameworks for mass and energy balances. Students are also introduced to important aspects of industrial practice and how those related with chemical process design, particular digital process simulation tools, process safety, sustainability, corporate risk and liability and materials selection. Industrial guest speakers help to strengthen the links between theory and industrial practice.

Outline Of Syllabus

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
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials261:0026:00Revision and completion of lecture handouts
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00Exam revision 28 hours/ Exam completion 2 hours
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture391:0039:00Units and dimensions and Mass and Energy Balances, Process Safety, Sustainability, Materials Selection
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities151:0015:00Online Quizzes and completion of tutorial problem sheets.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical32:006:00Process Simulation Computing Labs
Guided Independent StudySkills practice151:0015:00Textbook problems practice and library search.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching191:0019:00Units and dimensions and Mass and Energy Balances Tutorials, Support to Case Study Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyProject work501:0050:00Group work for Industrial Process Presentations. Group work for Case Study.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures and Structured Lecture notes deliver the required knowledge and solved examples. Tutorials and computer labs will provide space for students to learn and solve numerical problems in a supervised way. Case study small group teaching introduces process simulation and 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 Examination1201A55Written exam. Student must pass.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study2M45Case Study Group Report (5-6 people). Individual self-reflective report 2 pages A4 (250 words/page). Students must pass.
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
Computer assessment1MOnline quizzes and tutorial problem sheets
Computer assessment2MOnline quizzes and tutorial problem sheets
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 with at least 40% (AHEP4 C1-3,5-6).

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, sustainability and materials selection (AHEP4 C1-7,9, 12-13, 16-18). The case study component must be passed in order to pass the module.

Formative assessment is conducted via Canvas quizzes and tutorials throughout the semester.

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

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