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CAPE1010 Introduction to Process Engineering

30 creditsClass Size: 160

Module manager: Dr KJ Wu

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of the module, students should:
- Have a basic understanding of the concepts involved in reaction engineering, chemical engineering and materials processing techniques;
- Be familiar with the basic terminology used in the chemical, materials industries;
- Understand the basic underpinning science involved in a range of unit operations;
- Be familiar with the design and operation of a range of process engineering equipment and operations;
- Be familiar with the properties, specifications and control measures of the major fossil fuels;
- Understand the basic science underpinning combustion in boilers and furnaces;
- Understand the principles of energy from renewable sources;
- Have developed a basic understanding of the science and engineering of nuclear power;
- Understand the basic environmental impacts of a range of industrial and energy related processes, including impacts to air quality, global climate, water quality, land and noise levels, and how they are monitored;
- Understand the basic concept of an environmental audit.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module, students will be familiar with a range of concepts, terminologies and unit operations used in production and process engineering, including reactor design, chemical and pharmaceutical process techniques, materials processing, energy production and utilisation, and nuclear power. They should also be familiar with related environmental effects and understand the basic concept of an environmental audit.

Skills outcomes
Ability to present and critically analyse the content of an environmental impact assessment;
Ability to apply a range of skills to a variety of process engineering techniques and related environmental impacts;
Critical reasoning;
IT skills;
Research skills using a range of information sources.


Reaction engineering - introduction to ideal reactors; mass balance; rate of reaction; examples of industrial practice.

Chemical process engineering - batch and continuous processes; unit operations; production examples of chemical products, including pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals and basic chemicals, biotechnology; plant health and safety issues.

Materials processing - process selection criteria; primary, secondary and tertiary processes; re-shaping, removal and build-up techniques; surface and heat treatments; case studies.

Energy - energy resources and consumption; properties, testing and specifications of major fossil fuels; utilisation of fuels in boilers and furnaces; renewable sources of energy.

Nuclear power - the role of nuclear power; introduction to nuclear physics and the nuclear fuel cycle; nuclear reactor design; nuclear safety, waste handling and plant decommissioning.

Environmental impact - introduction to environmental impacts on air and water quality, land and noise pollution, human and animal health; monitoring, environmental audits, best available techniques; cases studies.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment21.002.00
Private study hours225.00
Total Contact hours75.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Review of weekly lecture notes
Directed reading of recommended texts
Compilation and submission of specified coursework
Revision for written examinations

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Impact assessment case study

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Report1 impact assessment case study20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 20.00
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)3 hr 60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

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

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/04/2019


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