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CME3036 : Process and Product Engineering

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Steve Bull
  • Lecturer: Professor Jarka Glassey, Dr Katarina Novakovic
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module introduces the techniques used to select an appropriate route to the scaled-up synthesis of a (bio)chemical product. It highlights the fact that such products may be target molecules, formulated mixtures or solids and can be selected in terms of chemistry or performance. The importance of clean, sustainable processing routes is illustrated with case studies.

Outline Of Syllabus

Process/route selection (4-5 lectures) – product selection, route selection, retrosynthesis, decision making, constraints, optioneering, whole life analysis. Illustrated by two case studies delivered by industry (e.g.chemical route/retrosynthesis and downstream biopharmaceutical process development, bioprocess route selection, including formulation)

Performance chemicals (4-5 lectures) – performance targets compared to composition/chemistry targets, blending and formulation. Examples from petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries. Case study on developing high performance lubricants for engines/gearboxes.

Bioprocess design (4-5 lectures) – bioprocessing PFD and unit operations, design of production strain, sterilisation and downstream processing.

Case study in product engineering (4-5 lectures)
Principles of polymerisation, manufacturing of plastics and plastics recycling

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Exam revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Preparation and completion of Case Study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching22:004:00seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study145:0045:00Review lecture material, prepare for small group teaching and assessment
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The aim is to introduce sufficient new material on practical product engineering which, in combination with what has been learned in other modules, provides the basis for selection of a process route for a given product. Material introduced in lectures is reinforced in tutorials. Seminars are used to allow industrial lecturers to deliver case studies to the class to further reinforce learning.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A75N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study2M25Case study (1000 words). Assignment to highlight formulation and manufacturing issues
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Exam assesses the knowledge and skills in case studies under conditions where all information is provided.

Process selection involves the synthesis of data from a lot of sources and is best assessed by an assignment where a range of factors can be brought together in a single report on a well-defined case study

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