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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

CAPE5300M Chemical Products Design and Development

15 creditsClass Size: 210

Module manager: Dr D Harbottle

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

Year running 2022/23

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.


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 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
Problem definition
Techno-commercial analysis of options and decision-making skills


- 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
Supervision Meetings100.505.00
Class tests, exams and assessment12.002.00
Independent online learning hours20.00
Private study hours102.00
Total Contact hours28.00
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

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ProjectGroup Project50.00
PresentationGroup Presentation10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)60.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)40.00

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: 29/04/2022 15:31:50


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