Module code: ENG3190

Module Overview

The financial and operational management of a chemical process is essential to Chemical Industry; students who have first-hand experienced these activities will become more rounded and employable graduates.  Following a comprehensive grounding in the science of Crystallisation students will complete a number of Case Studies related to the performance and operation of the pilot plant rig processing a crystallising system.  Following comprehensive training in the safe operation of the pilot plant students will then adopt a number of different rolls in the management and operating structure of the unique pilot plant and will manage/operate the unit in semi-batch mode for 4x12hr consecutive days of production.

Module provider

Chemical and Process Engineering

Module Leader

DUYAR Melis (Chm Proc Eng)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 70

Lecture Hours: 32

Practical/Performance Hours: 48

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Completion of the progression requirements to FHEQ Level 6 of degree courses in Chemical Engineering, Chemical and Chemical and Petroleum Engineering or equivalent.

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Team Working                       Introduction, concepts, problems

Process Background           Process operations

                                   Safety management

                                   Process dynamics and planning

Case Studies                         Health and Safety

                                    Process Operation

                                    Plant/Process Management

                                    Environmental Management

Pilot Plant Operation            Introduction


                                                Start-up trial

                                                Production runs

                                                Process Dynamics

Note    To ensure that the University properly fulfil the requirements of current safety legislation it is a             pre-requisite of taking part in the Pilot Plant Operation section of the module that students have             attended and properly participated in both the Health and Safety and Process Operation   sections of the Case Studies.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

Re-assessment using the same form of assignment for the first two assessments (individual coursework) but because of the group nature of the “small group project” and “process operation”, and the safety implications of students operating the equipment by themselves, no alternative assessment is possible.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the full range of learning outcomes.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Coursework (individual): Element 1 – 10%, 8 hours (LO1, LO2); Element 2 – 30%, 22 hours (LO2)

  • Small group project report – 30%, 3000 words (LO3, LO4)

  • Process operation – 30% (LO3, LO4)

Formative assessment

Computer-based Pilot-Plant health and safety test (requires a pass mark of 70% before process operation can be allowed); multiple attempts possible.


Verbal and written feedback on Coursework 1 and 2

Written feedback on the small group project

Daily verbal feedback during the process operation phase of the module

Module aims

  • A comprehensive grounding in the science, design, selection and operation of equipment for Crystallisation
  • An opportunity to develop their teamwork, communication, problem solving and other essential transferable skills in technical context in particular in the area of plant operation and management

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Relate basic process knowledge to the performance of the pilot plant. (LO1) KC
002 Critically analyse the many inter-related issues associated with production management, process operation, health & safety practice and environmental practice related to a production unit (LO2) KCPT
003 Confidently accept and carry out the duties of a number of management and operating team related to process operation (LO3) KPT
004 Propose logical, financially viable and operationally feasible solutions to some of the conflicts between theoretical and practical engineering (LO4) KCPT
005 KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Allow students to experience the safe operation, maintenance and management of a pilot plant scale production process from the perspective of a process operator, maintenance technician, member of the management team and research engineer.  This is achieved by a combination of lectures on scientific fundamentals, presentation and exercises on group working, case studies necessary to process operation, safety and management and hands-on pilot plant operation/maintenance/management.  The module is taught semi intensively using whole days with two days in the first week (usually week 4 of the semester), one day each in the second and third week 4 days in the following week.  

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures/Case Studies           7.5 hours per day for 4.5 days

  • Simulation week                    12 hours per day for 4 days

  • Individual learning                   8.75 hours for 8 weeks

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.

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Chemical and Petroleum Engineering BEng (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Chemical Engineering BEng (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Chemical and Petroleum Engineering MEng 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Chemical Engineering MEng 2 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 2019/0 academic year.