Module code: ENGM282

Module Overview

The chemical industry can be divided into commodity chemical production, where the volume of production is high and the commercial margins are low and speciality chemicals production, where the volume of production is low but the commercial margins are high.  The oil and gas industry and petrochemicals production can be regarded as being in the former category whereas pharmaceutical production falls into the latter.  The purpose of this module is to provide students with the information that will prepare them for work in the speciality sector (hence the lectures) and then to give them an opportunity to use their total chemical engineering knowledge in project work related to several examples from the speciality chemicals industries.  This can involve products that are made for only small groups of people to use and as such may require a consumer related approach.

Module provider

Chemical and Process Engineering

Module Leader

THORPE Rex (Chm Proc Eng)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 122

Lecture Hours: 18

Seminar Hours: 6

Tutorial Hours: 4

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

The general requirement for progression to level 7 of the programmes in Chemical Engineering but in particular

  • ENG2109 Transfer Processes
  • ENG2113 Chemical Reaction Engineering
  • One of the design project modules
This module cannot be taken with ENGM001 (MDDP)

Module content

Indicative content includes: (numbers of lectures)

  • An introduction to the product design process (1, RBT, week 1)

  • Consumer survey design and product specification (2, RBT, week 1)

  • Sorting, screening and selection of ideas (3, RBT, week 2)

  • Particle technology (for accurate drug delivery) (6, CW, , weeks 3 & 4)

  • Advanced rheology (as used in the manufacture of paint or shampoo) (6, RBT, weeks 5 &6)

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) MINI PROJECT 1 (Group Poster) 20
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) MINI PROJECT 2 (Group Poster) 20
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) MINI PROJECT 3 (Individual Presentation) 20
Examination WRITTEN EXAM (1 HOUR) 40

Alternative Assessment

Alternative assessment: Mini projects are replaced by 3 individual projects.

Assessment Strategy

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

  • that they have learnt and understood the science behind the formulation of products for consumers

  • that they can apply this knowledge to examples taken for the speciality chemical industry

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • a one hour exam

  • three mini projects judged by marked presentation

Assessment pattern: 

1 mini group project based on a pharmacetical or food product, assessed by poster presentation (including an element of peer assessment) in week 7

1 mini group project based on a rheologically-based consumer product,assessed by poster presentation (including an element of peer assessment) in week 9

1 individual project assessed by (e.g. Powerpoint) presentation (including an element of peer assessment) in week 11

1 hour written exam: answer 3 questions.  A mock exam will be posted in SurreyLearn

Formative assessment

The numerical answers on the tutorial sheets provide formative assessment.


The students will have drop-in sessions in connection with the mini projects.  There is commented feedback after each of the firwst two mini-projects and the marks fo the first two projects will be published before the next project is undertaken.

Module aims

  • Prepare students to workk in the sector of the chemical industry that makes products for consumers

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Place the activities of speciality chemical producers in a framework C
002 Help devise and conduct a consumer survey T
003 Run/participate in brainstorming sessions for (chemical) idea generation P
004 Screen and select ideas for new products/product improvement C
005 Understand and apply ideas related to the creation of saleable rheologies K
006 Use concepts in advanced particle technology to improve product performance K
007 Undertake a complex design that requires multidisciplinary knowledge and the integration of design components from other disciplines. KCPT
008 Communicate / network with others outside their discipline in support of the product design KPT
009 Communicate the components required to complete the project with other members of the group PT
010 Discuss complex specifications with other members of the group and implement a detailed well referenced technical design KCPT
011 Explain their project design to others outside their discipline KCPT
012 Appreciate the need and risk involved in innovation PT
013 Undertake a simple financial appreciation of a complex design CPT

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:

Offer the best mix of learning and teaching methods to prepare the student for the chemical product manufacturing environment.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures

  • Examples sheets and examples classes/tutorials (in weeks 2, 4 and 6)

  • Mini project sessions and feedback (during)/after the (poster) presentations

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 Engineering MEng 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Chemical and Petroleum Engineering MEng 1 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 2019/0 academic year.