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Module

CME1025 : Principles of Chemical Engineering

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Fernando Russo Abegao
  • Lecturer: Dr Greg Mutch, Dr Jonathan McDonough, Dr Vladimir Zivkovic
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 13.0

Aims

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

Energy and Material Balances.
Units, conversions between units and order of magnitude analysis.
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 of Materials, selection of materials for use in process vessels, pipe work and seals.
Basic professional skills - report writing, referencing and presentations.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion391:0039:00Final iterations of review time, complete quizzes, assemble content for presentation, case study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0310:30Online Timetabled (Synchronous) Tutorials, 6 hours in S1, 4.5 h in S2.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0310:30Present in Person Tutorials, including computer cluster time in S2: 6 hours in S1, 4.5 h in S2.
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion221:0022:00Structured Guided Learning. 13.5 h in S1, 9 h in S2.
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion451:0045:00Lecture replacement materials. 27 h in S1, 18 h in S2
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1231:00123:00lecture materials, prepare for small group teaching activities, develop content for assessment
Total250:00
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.

Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person due to the prevailing C-19 circumstances.
Student’s should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study2M40Case Study Group Report. Individual report 2 pages A4 (250 words/page). Students must pass.
Computer assessment1M2560 min online quiz on Canvas with submission of handwritten calculations via Turnitin in week 5. Students must average 40% in CA1&2
Computer assessment1M2560 min online quiz on Canvas with submission of handwritten calculations via Turnitin in week 9. Students must average 40% in CA1&2
Oral Examination1M1015 minute Oral presentation on an industrial process. As scheduled for each design group (in S1 /2)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam at the end of two quizzes with calculation submissions semester 1 will test the ability to apply the principles of energy and material balances. Students must pass the written examination average 40% between both quizzes in order to pass the module.

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 computer assessments and Semester 2 case study in order to pass the module overall.

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