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2016/17 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

CAPE5300M Chemical Products Design and Development

15 creditsClass Size: 120

Module manager: Dr D Harbottle
Email: d.harbottle@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2016/17

Module replaces

PEME5210M Chemical Products Design and Development

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Product innovation in the chemical industry is of increasing importance in developed economies. This requires chemical engineers to work across the whole innovation supply chain across research, formulation, scale-up, manufacturing, supply, business planning, marketing, and sales. At the end of this module, students will be aware of the challenges faced in bringing a new product to market. Basic skills, linking product benefits and performance to market need, will be developed along with aspects of new product design and the selection processes needed to refine a concept. Linking the desired product to manufacturing capability (and challenges) and the costs associated with these choices will also be introduced.

Objectives

The development of 'open-ended' problem analysis and problem solving skills within the context of new chemical products design and manufacturing challenges. Application of core chemical engineering skills in an innovative product design context.

Learning outcomes
- Key design features of formulated chemical products.
- Application of chemical engineering concepts to manufacturing challenges formulated products.
- Use of engineering calculations for the quantitative analysis of product features and manufacturing options.
- Understanding of a whole process for the design, manufacture, marketing and sales of new chemical products.
- How business and commercial market concerns impact new product choices.

Skills outcomes
Professionalism
Teamwork
Problem definition
Techno-commercial analysis of options and decision-making skills
Innovation
Communication


Syllabus

- Introduction to chemical products design
- Team working and problem solving
- Analysis of existing products: reverse engineering
- Key aspects of the design process
- Planning
- Definition of product requirements (customer needs)
- Product features
- Brainstorming concepts
- Decision-making and choice of favoured concept
- Manufacturing challenges
- Should-cost analysis
- Justification
- Business assessment
- Reporting and presentations

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Seminars32.006.00
Class tests, exams and assessment11.001.00
Lecture112.0022.00
Tutorial62.0012.00
Private study hours109.00
Total Contact hours41.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

The module is problem-led and students will have a lot of autonomy (in a team environment) in developing their ideas for a new product, linking this to customer needs. The module will demonstrate the key aspects of chemical engineering of understanding the raw material properties with the unit operations into which they are put, then linking this to the manufacturing issues. Students will need to deliver a focussed new product design report. The open-ended nature of this work will require students to undertake considerable desk-based research around the issues associated with the choice of product and all aspects associated with its delivery to market. The independent learning will be facilitated and guided by an academic mentor through the tutorials.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress will be monitored through the tutorials. The conclusion of each tutorial will require students to agree a set of deliverables for the start of the following tutorial.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ProjectDesign Project35.00
AssignmentAssignment5.00
AssignmentAssignment10.00
AssignmentAssignment10.00
VivaViva10.00
PresentationPresentation5.00
Self/Peer AssessmentSupervisor Assessment5.00
In-course MCQSemester 220.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 09/11/2016

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