Module code: ENGM218

Module provider

Chemical and Process Engineering

Module Leader

HOLMES P Dr (Chm Proc Eng)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 120

Lecture Hours: 36

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination EXAMINATION (2 HRS) 70%
Coursework COURSEWORK 30%

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

 A teaching and learning module that covers all aspects of safety and reliability in the design and operation of process plant and equipment. Although generally applicable to the full range of business operations, the main focus is on refinery and petrochemical operations where knowledge and understanding will be gained in maintaining the highest standards of process safety and operations integrity.

Module aims

The law regarding general safety, health and environmental (SHE) issues;

Safety in the design and operation of process units;

The causes of incidents and means of prevention;

SHE and corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Recognise and follow personal and institutional responsibilities for health and safety. KC
Explain and apply SHE principles on a refinery and petrochemicals complex, or other hazardous facility. KC
Apply tools and techniques for ensuring the safe and reliable design and operation of process units. KCPT
Perform an investigation of an incident to establish its root cause. CPT
Identify and assess the elements of a management system for implementing SHE policy to achieve incident-free operations. KCP
Develop and review key SHE performance indicators.      CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

English law regarding general SHE issues
Equipment reliability
Risk assessments
Emergency shutdown systems
Safe operating procedures
Permit-to-work systems
Analysis of incidents
Safety in operations management systems

Methods of Teaching / Learning

  The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Provide the students with basic knowledge, understanding and skills that will inform them of basic responsibilities for SHE, allow them to recognise hazards and use tools and techniques for reducing and mitigating risk.   

The learning and teaching methods include:

11 of 3 hr combined lecture sessions with educational videos, a case study, group working and discussions in class and supportive coursework involving formative assessment.   


Assessment Strategy

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

·         Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, a, b in the examination, and

·         Learning outcomes 3, 4, a, b, c, d in Coursework 1 and 2.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         Examination – 70%, 2 hours (LO1 – LO6)

·         Coursework – 30%; 2 elements: (i) Written report involving the identification of hazards and risk assessments for continued operation of a refinery process unit with a serious operating               problem; (LO3, 15%);
          (ii) written report into the investigation of the root cause, with follow-up recommendations, of a serious incident on a refinery (LO4, 15%)

Formative assessment and feedback

For each coursework, in class, over separate two week periods, there is an introductory briefing followed by an intermediate discussion of progress with extensive oral feedback and discussion after submission. Individual grades are notified to the students by e-mail a short time later.  

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.