Module code: ENG2120

Module provider

Chemical and Process Engineering

Module Leader

MECHLERI E Dr (Chm Proc Eng)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 5

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Lecture Hours: 28

Tutorial Hours: 9

Laboratory Hours: 6

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination EXAMS (2 HOURS) 70%

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Completion of the progression requirements to FHEQ Level 5 of the degree courses in Chemical Engineering, Chemical and Bio-Systems Engineering and Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, or equivalent.  

Module overview

This module will introduce students to the systems approach for engineering design and analysis, and extends understanding to include the dynamic behaviour of process systems.

Module aims

Introduce students to the basic concept of general systems and systems engineering approaches, with particular attention to the structural representation of chemical process systems, process economics and the principle of optimisation.

Provide an introduction to dynamic systems in Chemical Engineering and the approaches and tools for the simulation of such systems.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Describe the common features and aspects of general systems and how these apply to specific Chemical Engineering processes. KC
Create and interpret graphical representations of chemical process systems, including block diagrams, PFDs, and P&IDs. KCP
Identify key procedures for performing economic analysis of chemical processes. KC
Describe and classify dynamic process models in Chemical Engineering. K
Apply systematic approaches for the mathematical modelling of representative Chemical Engineering processes KC
Use MATLAB as a simple means of simulating and analysing simple dynamic systems. CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

General systems

Introduction to systems engineering principles
Structural / graphical representations of chemical process systems: block diagrams, process flow diagrams, piping and instrumentation diagrams
Process systems economics: types of costs and basic estimation methods
Optimisation: principle, basic methods and tools
Design communication (diagrams)
Process economics

Dynamic systems

Introduction to dynamic process models: occurrence and use in Chemical Engineering processes
General process modelling approach
Batch, continuous and cyclic operations
Lumped and distributed operations
Linear and non-linear systems
Systems of differential and algebraic equations
Stability of steady states
Introduction to MATLAB
Representative examples: batch reactor, discharge from a tank, well-mixed tank, membrane separation, thermal runway, adsorption bed.


Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Use a combination of lectures, process examples and simulation exercises to develop an understanding of process systems and their dynamics.
Give emphasis to design development and representation.
Introduce the basic use of MATLAB through its application to a range of simple systems.
Encourage independent and ongoing learning of MATLAB

The learning and teaching methods include:

Lectures                                 2-3 hours per week for 11 weeks
Tutorials                                 0.6 hours per week for 11 weeks (average)
Guided work                          6 hours guided work (MATLAB)
Independent learning             9.1 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 coursework in: (i) the construction of block and process flow diagrams and, (ii) the modelling and simulation of simple dynamic systems. The coursework is designed to give a fundamental understanding of concepts as well as integrative understanding in the conceptualisation, modelling, simulation and analysis of a simple process.

 Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         Examination – 70%, 2 hours (LO1, LO3 – LO5)

·         Coursework:
(i) General engineering systems and design - 15%  (LO2)
(ii) Dynamics systems and MATLAB - 15% (LO5, LO6)

 Formative assessment

·         None


Verbal feedback during tutorial / MATLAB classes (LO1 – LO3, LO5, LO6)
Verbal feedback during optional drop-in tutorial classes (LO5, LO6)
Written and verbal feedback on coursework (LO2, LO5, LO6)

Reading list


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.