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Undergraduate Programme Specification

MEng Chemical Engineering

Academic Year 2021/22

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Programme Title MEng Chemical Engineering Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)
Master of Engineering
Programme Code CHE-MENG UCAS Code H802 HECoS Code 100143 - Chemical engineering - 100
ATAS Clearance Required No
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

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Chemistry & Chemical Engineering

Quality Code
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code

Higher Education Credit Framework for England
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/higher-education-credit-framework-for-england

Level 7

Subject Benchmark Statements
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/docs/qaa/quality-code/qualifications-frameworks.pdf

Engineering (2015)

Accreditations (PSRB)

Institution of Chemical Engineers

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit 02-04-19

Regulation Information

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

Programme Specific Regulations

Progression from Stage 3 to Stage 4 of the degree is dependent on the achievement of a minimum of 55% average at Stage 3 and a minimum weighted average of 55% across stages 1-3. Students failing to meet this requirement will be transferred to the B.Eng programme 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

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.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

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

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 Stage 3

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 Outcomes

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

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

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

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

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Group design projects; research project. The group design projects are at the core of the strategy for building and enhancing written and oral communication skills and are present in all three levels of the programme

Methods of Assessment

Project 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

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

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

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 Stage 3

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

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:

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

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 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

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

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

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: Subject Specific

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

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

Module Information

Stages and Modules

Module Title Module Code Level/ stage Credits

Availability

Duration Pre-requisite

Assessment

S1 S2 Core Option Coursework % Practical % Examination %
Fundamentals of Chemistry CHM1011 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 50% 50% 0%
Process Control CHE2103 2 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 40% 10% 50%
Introduction to Engineering Design CHE1105 1 10 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Safety and Mechanical Design CHE2106 2 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Mass and Heat Transfer II CHE3102 3 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 20% 0% 80%
Chemical Process Thermodynamics CHE2101 2 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 30% 10% 60%
Fluid Mechanics CHE2104 2 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 50% 0% 50%
Heat and Mass Transfer CHE2102 2 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 30% 20% 50%
Principles of Heat, Mass and Momentum Transfer CHE1103 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 35% 15% 50%
Chemical Engineering Design Project CHE3104 3 50 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Environmental Engineering Design CHE4108 4 10 YES YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Advanced Chemical Reaction Engineering CHE4109 4 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 50% 0% 50%
Chemical Plant Design and Operation CHE2105 2 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Biochemical Engineering CHE3008 3 10 YES 12 weeks N YES 20% 0% 80%
Research Project CHE4012 4 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Mathematics for Chemists and Engineers CHE1104 1 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Energy Systems: Oil and Gas to Renewables CHE4105 4 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Advanced Topics in Chemical Engineering CHE4102 4 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 25% 0% 75%
Physical Theory CCE1102 1 30 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 15% 25% 60%
Transport Phenomena CHE3004 3 10 YES YES 12 weeks N YES 30% 0% 70%
Green Chemical Engineering CHE4107 4 10 YES YES 12 weeks N YES 30% 0% 70%
Introduction to Chemical Products and Processes CHE1101 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Chemical Reactor Design and Process Integration CHE3101 3 30 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 50% 0% 50%

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