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MEng Chemical Technology

Academic Year 2017/18

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Programme Title

MEng Chemical Technology

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Master of Engineering

Programme Code

ECH-MENG

UCAS Code

H881

JACS Code

H810 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

A-level: AAB including Chemistry and Mathematics
Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level): H2H3H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grade H2 or H3 in any order in Chemistry and Mathematics.

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Undergraduate Master

Length of Programme

4 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

480

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Chemistry & Chemical Engineering

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 7

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Engineering (2015)

Accreditations (PSRB)

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Professor Paul Pringle

Bristol University

Professor Karen Wilson

Aston University

Professor Rick Cosstick

University of Liverpool

Professor Klaus Hellgardt

Imperial College London

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

Programme Specific Regulations

Students with a weighted average mark of <55% at the end of Stage 3 will be transferred to the BEng in Chemical Technology for graduation.

Weightings: Stage 1: 5%; Stage 2: 15%; Stage 3: 30%; Stage 4: 50%

Students with protected characteristics

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

Understand the core principles of chemistry with a strong emphasis on Academic Excellence and professional development.
Progress directly from the MEng to graduate level employment in the chemical industry, non-chemistry related industries or alternatively progress to postgraduate study or research.
Prepare for eligibility for professional recognition and the status “Chartered Engineer” through full membership of the Institute of Chemical Engineers
Demonstrate professional skills within an academic setting through a dedicated research project
Demonstrate the skilled application of a distinctive body of knowledge and understanding based on mathematics, science and technology.
Exercise original thought, have good professional judgement and be able to take responsibility for the direction of important tasks.
Demonstrate a sound understanding of the professional and ethical responsibilities of the impact of chemical engineering in a global and societal context
Operate independently as a professional Chemical Engineer

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Solve previously 'unseen' scientific problems using a range of analytical and deductive techniques

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorials; class tests and problem solving sessions; structured group and independent laboratory classes; guided independent study. Unseen problems are introduced with tutorial and post-laboratory questions in all topics at Stages 1 and 2 and increase in complexity into Stage 3 leading to the design of experiments and data acquisition to solve research questions at Stage 4

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations; project or extended experimental work dissertations; oral and poster presentations; experimental reports;

Develop and use reflective practices to provide practical solutions to problems by experimentation

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorials; structured group and independent laboratory classes; research project or extended experimental work; group problem solving exercises; guided independent study. Reflective practices are developed through feedback from experimental reports, tutorial work and formative/summative class tests. By Stages 3 and 4, students are routinely applying reflective experimental design principles to their research project or extended practical programmes

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations; group and individual dissertations; oral and poster presentations; experimental reports

Critically review and reflect upon their work

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Structured group and independent laboratory classes; research project or extended experimental work; group problem solving exercises. The same principles of developing these critical analysis and review techniques as the previous Outcome apply here

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations; group and individual dissertations; oral and poster presentations; experimental reports

Make value judgments on information in the public domain

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Essays; literature searching and research project or extended experimental work dissertation. Retrieval of subject-specific material from primary literature and public domain sources are developed through essays and particularly through the group problem solving exercises which rely on critical analysis of published material

Methods of Assessment

Group and individual dissertations; oral and poster presentations.

Design and produce a substantial piece of independent experimental or theoretical research

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Research project. The central aim of Stage 4 of the MSci/MEng programmes is for the student to develop the ability for independent research through the application of the knowledge and experimental skills acquired during the earlier Stages

Methods of Assessment

Project dissertation; face to face viva voce; oral presentation

solve engineering problems, often on the basis of limited and possibly contradictory information

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and small group tutorials; problem classes and seminars; group design projects; research project. Feedback from formative assessments and draft dissertations enables students to build and develop these problem solving skills

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations; project dissertations; oral presentations;

analyse and interpret data correctly

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and small group tutorials; problem classes and seminars; group design projects; research project; independent laboratory experiments. The complexity of the tasks and data analysis increases through the programme by building on worked examples provided in lectures and interpretation of results from structured practicals in Stages 1 and 2 through to more independent and open-ended research data in Stages 3 and 4

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations; project dissertations; oral presentations; experimental reports

design experiments to generate new data

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Group design projects; research project. The design of new experiments and processes builds on the practical and analytical skills in the previous Outcome

Methods of Assessment

project dissertations; oral presentations

evaluate designs of processes and products, and make improvements

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Group design projects; research project. The evaluation of new experiments and processes builds on the practical and analytical skills in the previous Outcomes

Methods of Assessment

project dissertations; oral presentations

maintain a sound theoretical approach to the introduction of new and advancing technology

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and small group tutorials; problem classes and seminars; research project; industrial visits. New advances in technology are maintained and refreshed in the programme through research-led teaching and through the independent research project

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations; class tests; project dissertations;

Be proficient in applying process design principles and techniques to real industrial problems

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Industrial and/or placement projects; lectures and workshops with invited industrial lecturers.

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations; project dissertations; oral and poster presentations

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Read, understand and assimilate new information and subsume acquired knowledge into a concise manner and within various settings

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorials; structured group and independent laboratory classes; research project or extended experimental work; essays and dissertations. The ability to extract, process, understand and critically analyse published material is a core key skill in this degree programme and the techniques are embedded into the course from Stage 1 to 4 using the methods listed above

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations; class tests; project or extended experimental work dissertations; oral and poster presentations; experimental reports;

Apply developed generic and subject specific IT skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorial; IT and computer skills workshops; experimental reports; research project or extended experimental work; essays and dissertations; guided independent study. Basic IT skills for the production of professional reports using subject specific software, such as chemical structure drawing and data analysis, are introduced through workshops and computer-based classes and then developed through experimental reports and essays and dissertations

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations; class tests; project or extended experimental work dissertations; computer-based workshop or online assessment; experimental reports;

Be proficient in database and literature searching techniques

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Essays; literature searching and research project or extended experimental work dissertation; group problem solving exercises; guided independent study. Awareness of the body of published scientific work and the tools to interrogate and access that information begins in Stage 1 and is developed to the point where students use the available search techniques routinely for their research project in Stage 4

Methods of Assessment

Project or extended experimental work dissertations; group and individual dissertations; oral and poster presentations

demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories within chemical engineering

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and small group tutorials; design projects; research project; independent laboratory experiments; guided independent study. Feedback through marked laboratory reports and from formative and summative interim tests enables students to build and develop their essential core knowledge

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations; project dissertations; experimental reports

have a sound grasp of chemistry, physics and mathematics as applied to the technological base of chemical engineering

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and small group tutorials; independent laboratory experiments. There is a heavy emphasis on these core areas in Stage 1 and 2 of the programme to underpin the application of these skills in the design and research projects in Stages 3 and 4

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations; project dissertations; experimental reports

demonstrate knowledge and understanding of business and management techniques within an engineering context

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and small group tutorials; group design projects. Teaching of these non-subject specific but essential skills is delivered primarily through cross-faculty lectures and is reinforced during the design projects in Stages 2 and 3 and the projects in Stage 4

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations; project dissertations; oral presentations

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the fundamental aspects of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorials; structured group and independent laboratory classes; research project or extended experimental work; essays and dissertations; guided independent study; These subject-specific skills are developed from fundamental concepts in Stages 1 and 2 to the application of the concepts in industrially and commercially relevant contexts in Stages 3 and 4 where a degree of specialisation is available

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations; class tests; project or extended experimental work dissertations; experimental reports

Understand the characteristic chemistry and properties of the elements and group relationships and trends within the periodic table

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorials; structured group and independent laboratory classes; essays and dissertations; guided independent study. See previous Learning Outcome for details of strategy

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations; class tests; project or extended experimental work dissertations; experimental reports

Demonstrate a knowledge of chemical bonding, shape and structure

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorials; structured group and independent laboratory classes; essays and dissertations; independent guided study. See previous Learning Outcome for details of strategy

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations; class tests; project or extended experimental work dissertations; experimental reports

Understand the chemistry of functional groups and major synthetic pathways in organic chemistry.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorials; structured group and independent laboratory classes; essays and dissertations; guided independent study. See previous Learning Outcome for details of strategy

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations; class tests; project or extended experimental work dissertations; experimental reports

Understand the principles of thermodynamics and kinetics, including catalysis and the mechanistic interpretation of chemical reactions

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorials; structured group and independent laboratory classes; essays and dissertations; guided independent study. See previous Learning Outcome for details of strategy

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations; class tests; project or extended experimental work dissertations; experimental reports

Demonstrate safe and proficient practical laboratory chemistry skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Structured group and independent laboratory classes; research project. Chemistry is essentially an experimental, laboratory-based subject and experimental work forms at least 25% of the degree in terms of teaching and assessment. Developing the skills to handle potentially dangerous materials and processes is central to all laboratory-based activities

Methods of Assessment

Project or extended experimental work dissertations; group and individual dissertations; oral and poster presentations; experimental reports

Be proficient in a range of analytical instrumentation

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Structured group and independent laboratory classes; research project or extended experimental work; group problem solving exercises.

Methods of Assessment

Project or extended experimental work dissertations; group and individual dissertations; oral and poster presentations; experimental reports

Implement sustainable industrial practices using Green Chemistry and Engineering principles

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorials; group problem solving exercises; guided independent study. Sustainability and Green Chemistry are delivered through the group process design exercise which uses experiential problem solving and scientific literature critical analysis as a more effective method to teach these concepts than the traditional lecture model of delivery

Methods of Assessment

Project or extended experimental work dissertations; group and individual;

Demonstrate advanced knowledge of an area of new or emerging chemical research

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students can choose up to three areas of specialisation in Stage 4 to support and complement their research project. Core material is delivered by lectures but students make extensive use of guided independent study to acquire knowledge from peer reviewed literature

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations; class tests; essays and dissertations; oral presentations

select and apply appropriate mathematical methods for modelling and analysing chemical engineering problems

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Computer-based workshops and problem classes; group design projects; research project; lectures and small group tutorials; guided independent study. Core mathematical and computer aided design skills taught primarily through worked examples in lectures and computer classes and through unseen problems in tutorials and class tests in Stage 1 are developed and applied through the design projects in Stages 2 and 3 and the projects in Stage 4

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations; computer-based examinations and tests; project dissertations

use scientific principles in the development of chemical engineering solutions to practical problems

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and seminars; group design projects; research project; independent laboratory experiments; guided independent study. Structured laboratory-based practicals at Stages 1 and 2 provide the core skill set for application of scientific methodology in experimental design in the group design and research projects

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations; computer-based examinations and tests; project dissertations; experimental reports

use a wide variety of tools, techniques and equipment, including chemical engineering software

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Computer-based workshops and problem classes; group design projects; research project independent laboratory experiments. Software classes begin in Stage 1 and increase in complexity and specialisation of applications in the technology in the group design and research project

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations; computer-based examinations and tests; project dissertations; experimental reports

use a wide variety of tools, techniques and equipment, including chemical engineering software

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Computer-based workshops and problem classes; group design projects; research project independent laboratory experiments. Software classes begin in Stage 1 and increase in complexity and specialisation of applications in the technology in the group design and research project

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations; computer-based examinations and tests; project dissertations; experimental reports

use laboratory and workshop equipment to generate experimental data

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Research project; independent laboratory experiments. Structured laboratory-based practicals at Stages 1 and 2 provide the core skill set for application of scientific methodology in experimental design in the research project

Methods of Assessment

project dissertations; experimental reports

develop, promote and apply safe systems for process and equipment design

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and small group tutorials; design projects; research project independent laboratory experiments. Safety is a core skill in Chemical Engineering and is a central theme both explicitly in laboratory experiments and some dedicated modules as well as implicitly in all process design projects and theory-based modules

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations; project dissertations; experimental reports

Apply new and emerging technology to integrated process design

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and small group tutorials; Industrial and/or placement projects; lectures and workshops with invited industrial lecturers.

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations; project dissertations

Apply advanced computer software tools to the analysis and simulation of complex chemical processes

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and computer-based workshops; Industrial and/or placement projects;.

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations; computer-based assessment tests; project dissertations;

Analyse complex arrays of data and apply them effectively to the optimisation of chemical reactor design in deactivating and non-isothermal catalytic systems

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and computer-based workshops; Industrial and/or placement projects;

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations; computer-based assessment tests; project dissertations

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate numeracy and literacy skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and workshops; structured group and independent laboratory classes; research project or extended experimental work; group problem solving exercises. Students enter the degree pathway with different levels of mathematics and there is an emphasis in Stage 1 of bringing all students to a core threshold of mathematical skills through lectures and workshops. Scientific literacy is developed through increasingly challenging and rigorous experimental reports as students progress from Stage 1 to their project extended practical dissertation

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations; project or extended experimental work dissertations; oral and poster presentations; experimental reports;

Work within a team based environment and employ interpersonal skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Research project or extended experimental work; group problem solving exercises. Team work starts in Stage 1 where students work in small groups in some of the laboratory classes and learn the importance of division of tasks and reliance on shared data. A centrepiece of the group exercise strategy is the extended group process design problem solving exercise at Stage 2 leading to the research project at Stage 4 which requires students to work effectively in existing post-graduate research groups

Methods of Assessment

Project or extended experimental work dissertations; group and individual dissertations; oral and poster presentations

Effectively exert generic problem-solving skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorials; class tests and problem solving sessions; group problem solving exercises; guided independent study. Problem solving skills are central to this degree programme and are incorporated to a greater or lesser extent in all activities at all Stages

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations; project or extended experimental work dissertations; oral and poster presentations; experimental reports

Manage time effectively and prioritise workloads

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

research project or extended experimental work; coursework deadlines, project goals, milestones and submission targets provide a framework for developing these skills

Methods of Assessment

Project or extended experimental work dissertations; group and individual dissertations;

communicate effectively with colleagues and others using both written and oral methods

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Research project or extended experimental work and dissertation; group problem solving. exercises; oral and poster presentations Written and oral presentation skills are introduced at Stage 1 through regular tutorials and a poster session on a given topic and are developed further through Stages 2 to 4 with several modules requiring oral or poster presentations and written essays and dissertations. The importance of scientific rigour in the defence of arguments is developed through these exercises

Methods of Assessment

Project or extended experimental work dissertations; group and individual dissertations; oral and poster presentations

Demonstrate data analysis and processing techniques

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Structured group and independent laboratory classes; research project or extended experimental work and dissertation; class tests and problem solving sessions; guided independent study. The processing of complex sets of information and data is developed from simple experimental results interpretation in Stage 1 through to unknown data processing in the research project in Stage 4.

Methods of Assessment

Project or extended experimental work dissertations; group and individual dissertations; oral and poster presentations

make effective use of IT and databases

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Computer-based workshops and problem classes; group design projects; research project. Computing and IT plays a central role in many of the design activities at all three levels of the programme

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations; project dissertations; oral presentations; computer-based examinations and tests

work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Group design projects; research project. The group design projects are at the core of the strategy for multi-disciplinary team work

Methods of Assessment

project dissertations; oral and poster presentations

manage resources and time effectively

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

group design projects; research project; coursework deadlines and submission targets provide a framework for developing these skills

Methods of Assessment

Timely submission and quality of project dissertations and other key pieces of coursework

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Design and Environmental Engineering

CHE4004

4

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Introductory Mathematics for Chemists and Engineers

CHE1006

1

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Introduction to Chemical Products and Processes

CHE1101

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Principles of Heat, Mass and Momentum Transfer

CHE1103

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

35%

15%

50%

Physical Theory

CCE1102

1

30

24 weeks

N

YES

20%

25%

55%

Mass and Heat Transfer II

CHE3102

3

20

24 weeks

N

YES

20%

0%

80%

Chemical Process Thermodynamics

CHE2101

2

20

24 weeks

N

YES

25%

15%

60%

Heat and Mass Transfer

CHE2102

2

20

24 weeks

N

YES

25%

25%

50%

Technology Management and Entrepreneurship

CHE4104

4

20

24 weeks

N

YES

30%

0%

70%

Advanced Topics in Chemical Engineering

CHE4102

4

20

24 weeks

N

YES

20%

0%

80%

Organic and Inorganic Chemistry 1

CHM1103

1

40

24 weeks

N

YES

20%

20%

60%

Structural and Process Chemistry

CHM2101

2

20

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Organic and Inorganic Chemistry 2

CHM2102

2

30

24 weeks

N

YES

10%

30%

60%

Organic and Inorganic Chemistry 3

CHM3102

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

15%

0%

85%

Chemical Engineering Design and Mini-Research Projects

CCE3101

3

40

24 weeks

N

YES

50%

50%

0%

Spectroscopy and Reaction Engineering

CCE3103

3

20

24 weeks

N

YES

20%

0%

80%

Analytical Techniques for Chemical Processes

CHM4102

4

30

24 weeks

N

YES

75%

25%

0%

Research Project

CCE4101

4

30

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Options

CCE3104

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

0%

0%

100%

Process Control and Safety

CCE2101

2

30

24 weeks

N

YES

40%

10%

50%

Notes