Module code: ENGM073

Module Overview

This module addresses the design principles and methods for process systems comprising reaction and separation (including water utilisation) sections.

Module provider

Chemical and Process Engineering

Module Leader

CECELJA F Dr (Chm Proc Eng)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: H800

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

ENG1085 or equivalent

Module content

Introduction to Process Synthesis and Design;

Reactor selection;

Separation Systems Design;

Reactive Separation Design;

Integration of reaction and separation systems;

Reducing wastewater through water reuse, recycling and regeneration;

Targeting for minimum process water intake;

Water network design

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination EXAMINATION (2 HOURS) 60

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

Understanding of scientific principles, methodologies and mathematical methods associated with process systems design, as well as the ability to formulate and solve particular process systems problem in the final examination. The coursework tests and amplifies awareness and ability to formulate and solve a practical problem in engineering.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Coursework – 40%, 15 hrs (LOs  1, 2)             
Examination – 60%, 2 hrs   (LOs 2, 3, 4)

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative verbal feedback is given during the problem solving classes.
Formative feedback on coursework is given verbally and available on SurreyLearn to provide feedback on understanding of design process and respective problem formulation and solution.

Module aims

  • The objectives of the module are to develop a systematic understanding of the following areas:
  • General methods and procedures for process synthesis and design;
  • ¬†Conceptual design of reactive systems;
  • Conceptual design of separation systems;
  • Integrated reaction-separation systems design;
  • Pinch analysis and network design for water reuse.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Formulate the mathematical model-based and heuristics-based approaches to conceptual process design KP
002  Conceptually design chemical flowsheets for achieving specific objective(s);
003  Best exploit reuse strategies in the design of water networks and treatment systems.
004 Select and use design techniques appropriate for a particular problem K

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Introduce principles of selecting appropriate design techniques and design decision making process and their implementation and use through theory and worked examples. This is mainly delivered through lectures and problem-solving activities.

The learning and teaching methods include:

2 hours lecture per week x 11 weeks
1 hour tutorial x 11 weeks
2 hours revision lectures

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


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Information and Process Systems Engineering MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Petroleum Refining Systems Engineering MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Process and Environmental Systems Engineering MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Renewable Energy Systems Engineering MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Process Systems Engineering MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% 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.