Module code: ENG1086

Module provider

Chemical and Process Engineering

Module Leader

ROTH PJ Dr (Chemistry)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 4

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Lecture Hours: 33

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK 30
Examination EXAMINATION 1.5 HOURS 70

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Satisfy the entry requirements for level FHEQ  Level 4 of the Chemical Engineering programmes

Module overview

An overview of a range of industrial chemical manufacturing and processing is provided, with the inclusion of industrial planning, safety and social impact considerations.    

Module aims

Introduce students to aspects of industrial chemical manufacture and processing

To give an overview of the manufacture of important inorganic, polymer materials and pharmaceuticals

Give an overview of the petrochemical industry

Introduce students to aspects of industrial planning, safety and associated social issues

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Discuss the manufacture of important inorganic and organic chemicals.
Discuss the recovery of materials from ores – mining and manufacturing.
Discuss and explain the factors affecting the location of specific chemical industries.
Appreciate aspects of the regulatory framework in which the modern chemical industry exists. 

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Inorganic perspective and emerging industries (18 lectures)

Overview of the inorganic chemical industry and historical perspective
Factors affecting location of chemical plants and economics of chemical reactions
Manufacture of ethanol: an illustration of continuous vs batch processing
Sources of inorganic and organic raw materials
The chloralkali industry: membrane, mercury and diaphragm cells
The soda-ash industry: Solvay, LeBlanc and Trona mining.  Glass manufacture.
Mineral acid manufacture and uses: H2SO4, HCl, HNO3, H3PO4 and HF
The Haber-Bosch process to manufacture NH3
Mineral Fertilizers, NPK
Mining, refining and the isolation of a selection of metals: Fe, Al, Si, Ti, Cu, including manufacture of steel
Heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysts, with a focus on zeolites
Brief overview of the importance of formulation chemistry and surfactants
Regulatory framework: CHIP and CLP, REACH, MSDS, COSHH
Overview of the petrochemical industry: crude oil distillation and cracking, natural gas, coal, biomass and their chemistry including Fischer Tropsch

Polymers (6 lectures)

Polymers – definitions and features, place in the market
Historical perspective – Victorian plastics / Bakelite / rubber, vulcanisation
Modern elastomers, stereospecific polymers, thermoplastics, epoxy resins

Pharmaceuticals (6 lectures)

Historical perspective and the industry today
Examples of pharmaceutically active chemicals: Aspirin, Sulfanilamide, Penicilin, Taxol
Routes to drug discovery and testing
Phases of development to market and economics

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Cover in lectures the core knowledge of key industrial chemical processes.
Engage students in the material through group–based project work for the investigation of the manufacture (chemical and engineering aspects) of a specific chemical.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Lectures                                 3 hours per week for 10 weeks
Poster Session                       2 hours
Revision Classes                   2 hours
Independent learning              9.7 hours per week for 12 weeks (average)


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the full range of learning outcomes though the group project (poster presentation + report) and examination.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         Coursework – 30% (LO1 – LO4), i.e. poster presentation on a specific process detailing the chemical synthesis of the product and a report providing further details on this.

·         Examination – 70%, 1.5 hours (LO1 – LO4)

Formative assessment



Written and verbal feedback on the coursework.

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Chemical Engineering BEng (Hons) 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 2017/8 academic year.