2023/24 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 2023/24
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryProduct 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.
ObjectivesThe 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.
- 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.
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
- Definition of product requirements (customer needs)
- Product features
- Brainstorming concepts
- Decision-making and choice of favoured concept
- Manufacturing challenges
- Should-cost analysis
- Business assessment
- Reporting and presentations
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Class tests, exams and assessment||1||2.00||2.00|
|Independent online learning hours||20.00|
|Private study hours||102.00|
|Total Contact hours||28.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||150.00|
Private studyThe 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 FeedbackProgress 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 type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|In-course Assessment||Class Test||40.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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