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2018/19 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

CAPE5904M New Product

15 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Dr AJ Scott

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

Pre-requisite qualifications

BEng/MEng, BSc/MChem in relevant engineering or science discipline


CAPE5901MReverse Engineering
CAPE5902MFunctional Analysis

Module replaces

CAPE5930M Particle Product Design Project

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Formulated products in agrochemicals, coatings, fine chemicals, foods, healthcare, home and personal care, and pharmaceuticals industries are Complex Particulate Products worth £25B to the UK economy. These highly-structured multiphase products contain particulates, often modified by the adsorption of additives to increase product stability and enhance the efficacy and delivery of "active" ingredients.Working with an academic and industry mentor, the student teams will scope out and justify the commercial/consumer need for their new product. Following the process of defining the product need and key product features (performance criteria), the design teams will undergo a process of brainstorming and product recipe selection. Working from the desired product formulation, the aspects of manufacturing (lab-based and scale-up) will need to be designed, and explained. Design teams will then be required to formulate their desired product in research laboratories and test the products performance criteria. With a new product formulated and tested, the design teams will construct a company website to promote their innovative particulate product, demonstrating the fundamental science and performance data.


The module will follow the teaching philosophy of problem-based learning to guide thinking towards the development of a new particulate product. The module will be structured into phases of intense teaching to achieve specific milestones and ensure suitable progression.

At the end of the module the student should:
Specific objectives
- Understand the method of chemical particulate product design.
- Have an overview of the market need and intellectual property associated with the introduction of new chemical particulate products.
- Be capable of designing and developing a new formulated particulate product.
- Demonstrate the skills needed to provide a should-cost and IP assessment for a new chemical particulate product.

Transferrable skill objectives
- Be capable to gather and analyse data;
- Be capable of generating an economic assessment;
- Have learned to influence through communication;
- Have gained a high degree of independence.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, participants should have:
Specific outcomes
- Understood market drivers for chemical particulate products (personal care, pharmaceutical);
- Demonstrated the methods of chemical product design from the product need to product testing;
- Applied the Britest tools to communicate the fundamental science underpinning the new chemical particulate product, and process manufacturing.

Transferrable skills
- Innovation skills;
- Communication skills;
- Entrepreneurship and business awareness;
- Reflection;
- Self-analysis.

Skills outcomes
As part of this module the students will have the opportunity to learn a number of transferable skills which include:
- Critical evaluation of the literature, including literature search and retrieval;
- Methodologies associated with design and analysis during projects;
- Option selection strategies;
- Reasoning and problem solving;
- Skills in communication and targeting the audience;
- Professional skills and attitudes;
- Teamwork;
- Keep an accurate, formal record of meetings and research performed;
- Professionalism;
- Problem definition;
- Techno-commercial analysis of options and decision-making skills;
- Innovation.


New Product Design
The students, working in small groups, are set the task of delivering a new particulate product based on the module design brief. The first phase of intensive teaching (1 week) will be completed in the first week of Semester 1. Lectures will be given by Leeds academics and Britest. The lecture material includes i) method of chemical product design, ii) product-life cycle and market drivers, iii) intellectual property (to be provided by an industrial partner), iv) should-cost analysis (to be provided by an industrial partner), and the Britest tools i) initial screening analysis, ii) process information summary map, iii) process definition diagram, iv) rich pictures and rich cartoons, v) duty definition and equipment specification. In addition to the lectures the Leeds academics will run several tutorials to guide the students towards a new particulate product which can be manufactured in the research facilities at Leeds. At the end of the first phase of teaching the students will be required to provide a recipe of ingredients needed for the new particulate product.

The next phase of intensive teaching will commence Week 6 for 2 weeks. At the beginning of Week 6 the students will be required to submit a 4 page market brief demonstrating the market opportunity (market size and growth, and IP) and profitability (should-cost assessment) of their new particulate product. The remaining time will be spent in the CP3 research laboratories developing and testing their new chemical particulate product. The necessary research skills will have been developed in CAPE5910M and CAPE5920M. The students will be required to develop a formulation method, collect performance data and modify (one iteration) the product formulation to change the performance of the new particulate product.

Finally, at the end of Week 11 the students will submit a website which summarizes the findings from the module (market need, product science, product innovation, product performance data, manufacturing route, R&D team etc.). A module viva will be conducted in Week 12 to test the individual contribution to the new product design.

Transferrable skills: independence, professional skills
Working with an industrial mentor and an academic coach(es) the students will be required to function at a more professional level in terms of planning, meeting behaviours and delivery. Small teams of CDT students will work together to decide what information is needed, where they will access this (lectures, seminars, web, books, journals), the format and execution of research, as well as the final output.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours26.00
Private study hours30.00
Total Contact hours94.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Students will be required to complete some independent learning to ensure that the project progresses during the intensive taught periods. This will include literature searching, critical analysis of formulation methods, interpretation of research data (performance testing), data collection for market opportunity and critical assessment of the patent literature. 30 hours of private study is required in preparation of the module viva.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Working with an academic coach and industrial mentor, small teams of CDT students will report weekly (supervisory meetings) to discuss what information is needed, where they will access this (lectures/seminars/web/books/journals) and plan work (design and experimental) required to support their new particulate product design. Progress will be monitored during these meetings. The conclusion of each meeting will require students to agree a set of deliverables for the start of the following meeting. These meetings will be minuted by the students. The VLE diary provides a monitoring tool across the programme and will be discussed at quarterly meetings with senior CDT staff.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportMarket report10.00
Reflective logVLE10.00
Group ProjectWebsite30.00
Tutorial PerformanceSupervisory assessment10.00
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: 19/07/2018


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