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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CAPE1010 Introduction to Process Engineering

30 creditsClass Size: 160

Module manager: Dr D Harbottle

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module students will have an awareness of the chemical and process engineering sector and be able to apply their knowledge to solve problems relating to process engineering, reaction engineering, energy and environmental impact.

Learning outcomes
- Have a knowledge and understanding of the role of a chemical engineer and the impact of chemical engineering in the 21st century.
- Understand the principles of chemical reaction and reactor engineering: kinetic performances in batch and continuous operation, and criteria for process selection.
- Understand the principles of risk assessment and of safety management, and be able to apply techniques for the assessment and abatement of process and product hazards.
- Understand the principles of sustainability (environmental, social and economic) and be able apply techniques for analysing, throughout the lifecycle, the interaction of process, product, and plant with the environment.
- Understand the importance of identifying the objectives and the context of the design in terms of the business requirements, the technical requirements, sustainable development, safety, health and environmental issues.
- Understand the main methods of minimising environmental impact on land, air, water.
- Understand methods of assessing environmental impact.
- Have a knowledge of the local legislative framework and how it is applied to the management of health and environment.
- Be able to work in a team and understand and manage the process of: peer challenge; planning; prioritising and organizing team activity.

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.


Process Engineering - Introduction to chemical engineering; developing chemical processes; basic principles of unit operation; physical quantities; materials balances; process control; mass transfer; introduction to HAZOP; economics; life cycle assessment.

Energy - Energy resources and consumption trends; properties, specifications and sources of solid, liquid and gaseous fuels, introduction to refinery processes; introduction to combustion theory; basic principles of a thermal power plant; renewable sources of energy; electricity generation and energy storage.

Reaction Engineering - Introduction to ideal reactors; chemical reaction and rate of reaction; mass balance and process performance in reactors; reactor size evaluation; experimental approach to rate of reaction.

Environment Impact - Introduction to environmental impacts of process and energy industries - sources, control, monitoring and impact of pollutants; sources, environmental and health impacts of air pollutants; the greenhouse effect and climate change; sources and impacts of emissions to watercourses; regulation around monitoring and introduction to Best Available Techniques (BAT) for control and monitoring of pollutant emissions; environmental management and environmental impact assessment; environmental impact case studies in the energy industry, including hazards and impacts when things go wrong.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment31.003.00
Private study hours225.00
Total Contact hours77.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)302.00

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
Case StudyProcess and Pollutant20.00
AssignmentProcess Flow Diagram10.00
AssignmentEnergy Optioneering10.00
AssignmentReaction Measurement in CSTR10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

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)3 hr 50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

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: 10/11/2021 11:32:06


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