SCIENTIFIC FUNDAMENTALS - 2018/9
Module code: ENG1080
This module is designed to give students entering the Chemical Engineering programmes a sufficient grounding in Physics, Chemistry and Cell Biology.
An introduction of certain aspects of Physics is necessary as background to the fluid and particle mechanics taught in the course.
An introduction to the essential basics of cell biology and chemical kinetics is required by all chemical engineers working in the environmental, pharma and related industries. We start with an overview of cell biology and biochemistry. Then we take a closer look at bacteria, fungi and mammalian cells, how they work, and how they behave and reproduce. We look at industrial processes that use, exploit or produce these cells. We introduce the concepts of solution properties and chemical, enzyme and microbial kinetics.
An introduction to certain aspects of chemistry is necessary as a preparation for the Industrial Chemistry module and as a background in chemical kinetics for the reaction engineering modules.
Chemical and Process Engineering
VELLIOU E Dr (Chm Proc Eng)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 4
JACs code: H890
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Normal entry requirements for degree courses in Chemical Engineering and Chemical and Bio-Systems Engineering or equivalent
Indicative content includes:
Newton’s Laws of Motion
Vectors Statement in words and in equation form. Motion of a point mass. Solution of Newton’s Laws of Motion to obtain the trajectory, using appropriate initial conditions. Work, energy and power. Conservation of momentum. Elastic and inelastic collisions. Circular motion. Simple Harmonic Motion. Linear elasticity.
Thermal energy, ideal gases, kinetic theory
(the above physics material will be integrated in actual chemical engineering examples/problems, furthermore mathematics will be incorporated into the physics concepts)
Classification and evolution of cells
Are bacteria, yeast, plant, insect and mammalian cells related?
Basic cell biology
Classification by structure and function
What chemistry do cells do and how do they do it?
Amino acids and proteins
Nucleic acids, DNA and RNA
Enzymes: classification, kinetics and inhibition.
Industrially relevant bacteria and thermophiles
Filamentous soil bacteria and antibiotics
Organelles of Eukaryotic cells
Main structures and functions
Yeasts, plant and mammalian cells
Budding and fission
The eukaryotic cell cycle
Introduction to bioprocessing and bioreactors and microbial kinetics – Monod
(the above Biology material will be integrated in actual bioprocess and biochemical engineering examples/problems)
Introduction and nomenclature, reaction rate, order and rate constant
Reversible and irreversible reactions
Integrated rate equations
Experimental determination of reaction order and reaction order calculations
Complex reactions - simultaneous (parallel) and consecutive (series)
Effect of temperature on rate constant – Arrhenius' equation
Free radicals and free radical reactions
Branched and non-branching reactions
Bodenstein theory - H2/Br2 reaction
Introduction to solutions
Ideal solution properties and molecular proportions
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Examination||EXAMINATION 2 HOURS||80|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and analytical skills over the full range of module material and to encourage progressive learning.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
Essay and presentation in a biochemical/chemical engineering research project-20% (LO1, LO2, LO3 K, T, P)
Examination – 80%, 2 hours, two sections, (LO1-8, K, C)
Examples sheets for biology, chemistry and physics (with numerical answers were appropriate)
Verbal feedback during tutorial session, written feedback from Essay and Coursework
- Establish a basic appreciation of cell structure and function and their relevance to modern Chemical Engineering
- Make students aware of the importance and variety of products and processes that depend on cell biology
- Introduce structural and functional concepts in pro- and eukaryotes
- Familiarise students with basic concepts of biochemistry for cell biology
- Introduce students to the basic concepts of kinetics in chemical, biochemical and microbial systems.
- Introduce essential concepts associated with solutions and their properties.
- Establish a firm basis for subsequent modules in Industrial Chemistry, Reaction Engineering and Biochemical Engineering
|1||Distinguish between the function of different biological systems and cell organelles (For example ability to distinguish between pro- and eukaryotic cells, describe the roles of all the major structural components of the eukaryotic cell, compare and contrast DNA and RNA, outline the main processes of cell reproduction, describe how proteins are manufactured and sent to the correct location within or outside the cell describe the main modalities of membrane transport)|
|2||Describe and classify enzymes and enzymatic reactions (For example, derive and use Michaelis-Menten expressions for enzyme kinetics, understand the way enzymes interact with their environment).|
|3||Design and appreciate simple bioengineering processes based on simple biological knowledge (For example, appreciate the ways cells interact with and move within their environment, derive and use Monod kinetics for simple microbial systems).|
|4||Derive and describe basic chemical reactions (For example, derive and use homogeneous chemical reaction kinetics including both free radical and catalysed reactions, generate both differential and integrated rate equations for homogeneous chemical reactions).|
|5||Appreciate the properties and behaviour of various chemical solutions (For example, relate properties of ideal solutions to the properties of their constituents, understand the significance of the colligative properties of molecules in aqueous solution, appreciate the importance of multiple equilibria in ionic solutions).|
|6||Appreciate the relevance of chemical equilibrium to the requirements of chemical processes|
|7||Appreciate the universal application of Newton's Laws in everyday engineering|
|8||Describe the link between the behaviour of molecules and bulk thermodynamic properties such as specific heat capacity|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 106
Lecture Hours: 33
Tutorial Hours: 11
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
Take students logically through the challenging material associated with fundamentals in biology and biological engineering, physics and chemistry.
To ensure a logical and progressive learning experience
To allow students to practice their skills on a series of real life tutorial problems in a supportive environment.
The learning and teaching methods include:
Lectures 4 hours per week for 11 weeks (average)
Tutorials 1 hour per week for 12 weeks
Independent Learning 8 hours per week for 12 weeks (average)
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
Reading list for SCIENTIFIC FUNDAMENTALS : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/eng1080
Programmes this module appears in
|Chemical Engineering MEng||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Chemical and Petroleum Engineering MEng||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Chemical and Petroleum Engineering BEng (Hons)||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Chemical Engineering BEng (Hons)||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.