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CME2030 : Chemical Engineering Laboratory I

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Evangelos Papaioannou
  • Lecturer: Dr Maria Vicevic, Dr Colin Hare, Dr Jonathan McDonough
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module allows students to study important chemical engineering principles in the laboratory. The experiments demonstrate important concepts from the Fluids, Heat Transfer, Thermodynamics, Dynamics & Control and Mass Transfer modules, and Heat exchangers. It provides students necessary knowledge and practical skills, including basic laboratory practice and safety, and lab report writing.

Outline Of Syllabus

Laboratory Projects:

Students will complete and write reports on an experiment from each of the following areas: Transfer Processes, Control, Reactor Engineering, Separation Processes, Heat Exchangers, Thermodynamics and Renewable Energy.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion191:0091:00Lab Report Writing and Lab preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical33:009:00Chemical Engineering Labs and Computer-Based - Report Writing and Data Organisation
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

A lab handbook is available to be downloaded by each student. This contains an explanation of the concepts underlying each experiment and a description of how to perform the experiment.

Private study time is given for completing lab reports and for studying the handbook in preparation for the next experiment. The practical time allows the students time to understand how to operate the experiments and measure good quality data. Demonstrators discuss the concepts and theories underlying the experiments with the students during the practicals.

The following plan B is presented in case of Covid-19 disruption:

• In person introductory lecture will switch to synchronous learning activities (via Zoom)

• In person drop-in sessions and guidance by demonstrators will switch to synchronous, online, drop-in sessions (via Zoom)

• In person laboratories will switch to non-synchronous, guided learning activities (“virtual” laboratories delivered via Canvas)

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M1003 equally weighted reports, 2000 words & diagram and charts.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assessment is used to measure the understanding and the acquired practical ability students gain in understanding and carrying out experiments.

During the semester each group (of 2 students) will complete 3 labs.

As labs are completed students record data and results in their lab books. This will be checked and signed as formative assessment.

Students will then be allocated four major reports to write up. Major reports are to consist of maximum 5 pages including diagrams and charts.

Students are required to achieve a pass mark (40%) to successfully complete this module. A student failing the module will have to resit for the module.

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