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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

CAPE5305M Chemical Process Technology

15 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr T Mahmud

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Module replaces

CAPE5310M Chemical Process Technology and Design

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

- Fundamentals of the chemical and process industries, including batch and continuous processes, unit operations, measurement and control, health, safety and environment, and process economics;- Basic principles of industrial process chemistry.


On completion of the module, students should:
- Have an understanding of the basic concepts surrounding the chemical process industry (including biotechnological and pharmaceutical/fine chemical processes), and manufacturing;
- Understand the fundamentals of process chemistry, chemical technology and engineering science that underpin the synthesis of chemical products together with their process development and engineering operations;
- Understand the basic underpinning science involved in a range of unit operations;
- Be aware of the safety (HAZOP), environmental, financial and other aspects associated with chemical plants;
- Have knowledge of the techniques used for the measurement of process parameters and control of industrial processes;
- Have obtained practical experience in working with process equipment and on-site process operations;
- Have a basis for the design project module.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module, students will be familiar with:
- Knowledge of research and development of chemical manufacture including fine chemical/pharmaceutical and bio products;
- Principles of process chemistry enabling synthetic chemistry route design and selection;
- A range of concepts, terminologies, unit operations, measurement and control principles used in chemical plant design and operations;
- Environmental and safety issues, cost analysis;
- Ability to operate laboratory and on-site practical equipment and analyse/interpret process data.

Skills outcomes
Knowledge on chemical and process technologies, operations of process equipment, process chemistry, health, safety and environment, and process economics.


Process chemistry: Introduction to synthetic chemistry route design and selection; reagent selection, solvent selection, reaction conditions (reaction rate, equilibrium, other factors); case study - batch manufacture of drugs such as aspirin.

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.

Measurement and process control: Techniques and instruments for flow, temperature and composition measurements; introduction to automatic control, block diagram and transfer function, feedback control systems, feedback controller tuning.

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.

Operations of laboratory-scale process equipment: Students will work in groups and carry out a series of experiments designed to provide experience in operating laboratory-scale process equipment and to demonstrate various concepts of fluid flow, heat and mass transfer processes and process control.

Site visit: Visit to a process plant (Catch HCF training centre) to conduct a variety of trials and gain on-site practical experience under industry codes of practice and standards.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment41.004.00
Private study hours80.00
Total Contact hours70.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

80 hours reading of lecture materials and material from reading list.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Through formative tests and tutorials.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportLab Report 110.00
ReportLab Report 210.00
ReportLab Report 310.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

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)2 hr 70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

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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