ENCH390-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018

Process Analysis

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2018
End Date: Sunday, 24 June 2018
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 2 March 2018
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 18 May 2018


Methods for the quantitative analysis of chemical processes.

This is a 30 lecture course which builds on the materials from the 1st Professional year. It covers process and system sustainability assessment, process modelling and applications in process engineering industry,  and process optimisation and curve fitting. It also includes a 1-day intensive course analysing why process engineers should engage with iwi and local communities, and some practical and effective guidelines on how to do this. The 1-day intensive course and visit will be either on 30th of April (Monday) or on 2nd of May (Wednesday). The assessment will include 1 assignment, 2 in-course tests, 1 assessment on bicultural lectures and site visit, and final exam.

Learning Outcomes

  • By completion of this course, the students are expected to:
  • Understand and be capable of analysing sustainability in process industry;
  • Understand and be capable of developing models for chemical process operations;
  • Understand and be capable of performing least square curve fitting;
  • Understand and be capable of performing optimisations for single and multiple variables with Type A and Type B constraints.
  • Understand how process design and operation may be viewed from different cultural perspectives and be capable of developing effective methods of engaging with local community and iwi groups.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Shusheng Pang


Sean Pourazadi

This course will be taught by three lecturers including an industry expert.  In addition to 30 lectrures, the day-long marae visit will involve lectures and discussions sessions primarily run by local iwi, Beca, with assistance from our AVC Māori.


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assignment (Process Modelling) 10%
In-course Assessment for bicultural lectures and site visit 15%
Final Exam 40%
In-course Test (Pinch Analysis) 15%
In-Course Test (Sustainability) 20%

Students should submit the assignments on required dates and time. Any delays without approval by the lecturer(s) will incur a penalty with exact mark reduction depending on the days of delay.
Completion of all assessment items is a requirement for passing this course.

Students may apply for special consideration if their performance in an assessment worth 10% or more is affected by circumstances including illness, bereavement, and some sporting events. Please see http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/ for more information or ask the course coordinator.
If students are unable to complete assessment items worth less than 10% of the course, or feel that their performance was or could be impaired, they should contact the course coordinator for special consideration. Such requests should be made before the assessment completion date - requests after this time will only be considered under special circumstances. Students prevented by circumstances from completing the course after the final date for withdrawing, may apply for special consideration for late discontinuation of the course. Applications must be submitted to the Examinations Office within five days of the end of the main examination period for the semester.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Kemp, Ian C; Pinch analysis and process integration : a user guide on process integration for the efficient use of energy; 2nd ed; Butterworth-Heinemann, 2007.

Sankaranarayanan, Krishnan. , Swaan Arons, Jakob de., Kooi, Hedzer van der; Efficiency and sustainability in the energy and chemical industries : scientific principles and case studies; 2nd ed; Taylor & Francis, 2010.

The materials are to be selected from a number of references and thus only reference books are to be provided.


Students with concerns about the course should contact any of the lecturers listed above, the 2nd Pro Director of Studies, or the Head of Department.

Students may obtain the general policies of the University on matters such as the aegrotat applications, appeals procedures, re-consideration of grades, plagiarism and special provision for students with disabilities from the University Calendar.

ENCH291; ENCH298

30 lectures and assessments as advised.
1 day site visit to a local marae for intensive course on cultural engagement co-hosted by Beca and a local iwi group. This will be eitehr on 30th of April (Monday) or 2nd of May (Wednesday).
36 contact hours and completion of all assessments.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $937.00

International fee $5,125.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Chemical and Process Engineering.

All ENCH390 Occurrences

  • ENCH390-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018