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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 15/07/2022 11:09:03

Title of Module: Chemical Process Principles

Code: ENGG09037 SCQF Level: 9
(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:Li  Sun

Summary of Module

This module is a general introduction to chemical processes.

Steady state mass and energy balances for processes involving chemical reactions are developed further and later applied to industrial processes including recycle, by-pass and purge streams.

Mass transfer describes equimolar counter diffusion, stagnant layer diffusion and convective mass transfer, and two- phase mass transfer with diffusivity measurement from experiment and diffusivity prediction from liquid phase activity coefficients and gas critical temperature and pressure.

Phase equilibrium revises Henry’s and Raoult’s Laws, examines the Clapeyron Clausius equation, the Antoine equation and psychrometric behaviour. Retrieve the  phase equilibrium data from different sources: handbooks, experiments, databanks, and by simulation using software like Aspen.

The course will include practical activities,software application, and laboratory experiments.

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. Demonstrate a broad and integrated knowledge of mass & energy balances and their relevance to the chemical process industries.

L2. Solve simple problems involving combined mass & energy balances for chemical processes.

L3. Solve problems involving mass transfer and phase equilibrium.

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 9.

Understanding mass & energy balances as applicable to the chemical process industries.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Be able to use available experimental/ published data to solve simple mass & energy balances and mass transfer problems.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Appreciate that economics and safety are secondary reasons for carrying out mass & energy balances in the chemical process industries.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Demonstrate confidence in carrying out basic calculations relevant to chemical process industries.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Collaborate with other students to produce laboratory reports/works visits reports.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Chemical Engineering Fundamentals
Other:or equivalent
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), laboratory exercises to develop practical skills and familiarisation with equipment and experimental techniques, 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 Delivery24
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity12
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop12
Independent Study152
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:

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

R. Felder and R. Rousseau, Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes, Wiley (New York; Chichester), 4th Edition, 2016

D.M. Himmelblau, Basic Principles and Calculations in Chemical Engineering, Prentice-Hall International, 9th Edition, 2022

Regina M. Murphy, Introduction to Chemical Processes: Principles, Analysis and Synthesis, McGraw-Hill, 1st Edition, 2007

K.A. Solen and J.N. Harb, Introduction to Chemical Processes-Fundamentals and Design,McGraw-Hill, 4th Edition,2005

(**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
ModeratorAndy Durrant
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, during laboratory 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,
and (b) continuous assessment worth 30% of the final mark. The continuous assessment component in this module will consist of the following elements: (i) laboratory reports and (ii) an assignment.

Further details, and the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature, will be provided within the Module Information Pack.
(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) 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) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 2 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 appropriate chemistry background, however it should be noted that in order for you to complete this module the laboratory element of coursework will 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 in the laboratory 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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