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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 25/08/2022 12:14:25

Title of Module: Chemical Engineering Fundamentals

Code: ENGG08022 SCQF Level: 8
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Cristina  Rodriguez

Summary of Module

The module discusses process material and energy streams covering raw materials and their preparation outlining the different operations involved and the separation of products and treatment of unreacted feed and by-products as well as introducing the concepts of “recycle”, “purge” and “by-pass”. Representative mass and energy balances are used for illustration.

The presentation of process data in the form of flowsheets will be introduced PFD explained with examples and the students will be acquainted with the graphical symbols used for equipment. The equipment that forms the building blocks of any process will be introduced. This will cover process equipment such as distillation columns, reactors, heat exchangers, pumps, etc.

Other process related equipment such as utilities (steam boilers, furnaces, cooling towers, etc.) are also discussed with related mass and energy balances.
The effect of the process industry on the environment, and awareness of mitigating actions that could be taken throughout the process life cycle will be introduced. This will cover the concept of designing for less waste, treatment of generated waste, minimisation of energy requirements, etc.
Biochemical processes and their importance will also be introduced.

  • During the course of this module students will develop their UWS Graduate Attributes ( ). Universal: Academic attributes - critical thinking and analytical & inquiring mind; Work-Ready: Academic attributes - safe laboratory working; Successful : autonomous, driven and resilient.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Students should be able to understand the basic concepts of a chemical process and its components including the solution of mass and energy balances.

L2. Develop the skill to differentiate between the different types of operations and, with the assistance of published data, make the proper choices to the type of equipment to use for each type of operation, be they long-established technologies or innovative ones.

L3. Develop the ability to read and interpret a process flow diagram as well as producing one if the relevant information is provided.

L4. Understand the commercial, economic and social context of engineering processes

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 8.

Demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of the main areas of basic process equipment in the chemical and manufacturing sectorsDemonstrate an understanding of a selection of the principal concepts and terminology of the process industry

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 8.

Use graphical skills and techniques peculiar to the chemical and process industries.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 8.

The ability to assess diagrams and provide relevant interpretation. The ability to understand process safety, environmental and economic information and draw appropriate conclusions.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 8.

Use a range of graphical software to communicate data in understandable format. Carry out information retrieval on a process for a report.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 8.

Take some responsibility for own safety and that of others during work visits. The ability to operate in a team and to divide responsibilities within the group. Work under guidance with qualified practitioners.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Introduction to Process Industries *
Other:Appropriate mathematics and chemistry background or similar prior learning.
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
This module covers a wide variety of theoretical, conceptual and practical areas, which require a range of knowledge and skills to be displayed and exercised. Delivery of its syllabus content therefore involves a diversity of teaching and assessment methods suitable to the learning outcomes of the module. These include formal lectures, structured tutorials (work closely integrated with the lecture material), computer based exercises to develop process simulation skills and familiarisation with computational techniques for process simulation, completion and submission of written coursework making use of appropriate forms of IT and VLE and independent study.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery12
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity24
Independent Study164
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Geankoplis C J, A H Hersel and D H Lepek, Transport Processes and Separation Process Principles, Prentice Hall, 5th Edition 2018

Richard M. Felder, Felder's Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes, Wiley, revised 4th Edition, 2016

D M Himmelblau and J Riggs, Basic Principles and Calculations in Chemical Engineering, Prentice-Hall, 8th Edition, 2011

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardEngineering
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelEngineering
ModeratorMojtaba Mirzaeian
External ExaminerR Ocone
Accreditation DetailsThis module is part of the BEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering programme accredited by the IChemE.
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Assessment for the module includes both formative and summative assessment.
Formative assessment is provided during lectures in the form of class exercise problems, during tutorial sessions and as part of the preparation for written submissions.

Summative assessment will be based on the following: (a) final written exam worth 70% of the final mark,
(b) continuous assessment worth 30% of the final mark. The continuous assessment component in this module consists of a report worth 20% of the final mark and a presentation on the same material as the report worth a further 10%.
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 4 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
This module is suitable for any student with the appropriate prerequisites, however it should be noted that in order for the student to complete this module the works visit coursework would require to be undertaken. Special support can be provided where necessary, consequently, if special support is needed to complete this part of the module, then the University’s Health and Safety Officer should be consulted to make sure that safety at the visited site is not compromised. Current University Policy on Equality and Diversity applies.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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