ENCH396-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Chemical Engineering Separations 1

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 16 July 2018
End Date: Sunday, 18 November 2018
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 27 July 2018
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 12 October 2018


Chemical engineering separation operations including distillation, evaporation, humidification/dehumidification, drying, gas absorption, filtration, centrifugation and crystallisation.

This course deals with process operations involving separations. The separation operations considered include: drying, (de-)humidification, membranes, leaching/washing, crystallization, ion exchange, distillation, gas absorption and liquid-liquid extraction.

Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of the course the students are expected to be able to:

  • Understand and analyse specific separation processes including distillation, gas absorption etc.
  • Select appropriate separation techniques for chemical processing.
  • Carry out detailed design calculations for separation processes.
    • 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

Alex Yip


Shusheng Pang and Matthew Cowan


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assignment 1 10%
Assignment 2 10%
Final Exam 57%
Test 23%

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Seader, J. D. , Henley, Ernest J., Roper, D. Keith; Separation process principles : chemical and biochemical operations; 3rd ed; Wiley, 2011.


Students with concerns about the course should contact Daniel Holland, the 2nd Pro Director of Studies, or the Head of Department.

General Policies of the Department
Students may obtain the general policies of the University from the website. For example:

Special considerations: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/study/special-consideration/  

Academic Appeals of Assessments: Students with concerns about assessment processes or grades should be advised to speak first with the relevant lecturer. If the matter cannot be resolved, then the student should meet and discuss the matter with the Head of Department/School and thereafter follow the procedures outlined in the University procedures http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/media/documents/postgraduate-/Academic-Appeals-Grievances-Principles-Procedures.pdf  and regulations http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/regulations/general-regulations/academic-appeals-and-grievance-regulations/

Reconsideration of grades: If you are concerned that your final grade may be incorrect it is suggested (for CAPE) that you make an informal query to the course coordinator, but you may follow the official procedures: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/study/examinations/result-dates-and-appeals/

Disabilities: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/disability/

Additional Course Outline Information

Assessment and grading system

Part I (Prof. Shusheng Pang):  10% Assignment 1 + 23% Test (end of Term 3)
Part II (Dr. Matthew Cowen):  10% Assignment 2+ 23% Final Exam
Part III (Dr. Alex Yip):  34% Final Exam

Assignment 1 due date: 6 August
Test: 22 August
Assignment 2 due date: part a) 24 August and part b) 21 September

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 ENCH396 Occurrences

  • ENCH396-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018