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2022/23 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 2022/23

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 engineering and biochemical engineering.

Learning outcomes
1. Have a knowledge and understanding of the role of a chemical engineer and the impact of chemical engineering in the 21st century, in particular; process engineering, reaction engineering, energy engineering and biochemical engineering.
2. Understand the principles of unit operations, process control, process design and process safety.
3. Demonstrate competency in process control and understand the dynamics of chemical processes.
4. Understand the principles of chemical reaction and reactor (both batch and continuous) engineering, and demonstrate competence in the practical operation of a continuous stirred tank reactor (lab practical).
5. Demonstrate an ability to undertake an optioneering study and decision making.
6. Apply knowledge to solve an open-ended design problem, lacking a pre-determined solution. Understand the importance of identifying the objectives and context of the design in terms of: the business and technical requirements, sustainability and lifecycle assessment, health and safety, and public perception.
7. Be able to work in a team and understand and manage the process of: team organisation/management, project planning, decision making, choices on the basis of incomplete information, and working with constraints.

Skills outcomes
1. Have developed a range of effective communication skills including written reports, presentations and engineering drawings.
2. Recognise the importance of working effectively with others and have acquired a range of experience in achieving this.
3. Be effective users of IT.
4. Recognise the importance of project planning and time management and have acquired a range of experience in achieving this.


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.

Biochemical engineering - Introduction to biochemical engineering including principles of bioreactor design and operation, upstream bioprocessing and bioprocess unit operations, for a range of biotechnology applications.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Supervision Meetings32.006.00
Class tests, exams and assessment22.004.00
Independent online learning hours32.00
Private study hours201.00
Total Contact hours67.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Review of weekly lectures and tutorial problems
Directed reading of recommended texts
Compilation and submission of specified coursework
Revision for written examinations

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Process control simulations
Developing process flow diagrams
Energy optioneering study
CSTR lab practical
Design project: process engineering

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Case StudyBiochemical Engineering20.00
AssignmentProcess Flow Diagram10.00
AssignmentEnergy Optioneering10.00
AssignmentCSTR Practical10.00
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
Unseen exam 2 hr 25.00
Unseen exam 2 hr 25.00
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: 12/07/2022


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