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A group project, where students have the opportunity to go through all the steps of designing a process plant including feedstock and process selections, mass and energy balances, control strategy, project economics, process safety, environmental impact, and community engagement.
This course provides students with a close to real world experience of process engineering. It is built around a major design project where students have the opportunity to go through all the steps of a real design project as outlined in the learning outcomes below. The major project also provides experience in working in groups, an important skill for life after university. Students work in groups of four (or three) on this design during semester 2. Each group must produce an executive report to given specifications and hand in workbooks-folders with this at the completion of the each major section of the design. The final part is due on or before Monday, 29th October. Students will make 3 presentations to their design supervisors during the course of their project (one in the third term and two in the fourth term and exam period). They will be group presentations where students in a design group will be given the same mark. In the final individually written assessment, each student will describe their personal contribution to the design project and will be awarded an individual mark. The project report mark will be biased by peer-, supervisor-, and self-assessment of an individual student’s contribution to the group effort. The basis for the peer assessment will be explained in tutorials.
To apply the design process in a team environment to a real chemical engineering project including:Determining the best choice of processCreating a process flow diagramQuantifying material and energy balancesCreating a control strategyCreating of a piping and instrumentation diagramEvaluating the economics of the projectHazOp assessment of a major unit operationEvaluating the impact the process will have on the surrounding community
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.
a pass in all compulsory Second Professional Year courses
There will be initial tutorials to assign groups of students to projects and project supervisors, explain assessment and to begin the design. There will be a series of workshops on working in teams. There will be a tutorial session on the use of a process modelling software (UniSim), and there will be a seminar and small group session on Te Ao Māori. During the semester, students will work in groups on their projects, meeting regularly with their project supervisors, and presenting their work at regular intervals.
Matt James Watson
WORKLOAD:Major project report and presentations and safety assessment case. Students should expect to work for 20 hours a week during semester 2 on their major design project.
Towler, Gavin P. , Sinnott, R. K;
Chemical engineering design :principles, practice, and economics of plant and process design;
J M Douglas, Conceptual Design of Chemical Processes, McGraw-Hill.
CONCERNS ABOUT THE COURSE:Dr Watson should be approached for discussion on any aspect of the course.GENERAL POLICIES OF THE DEPARTMENT:Students may obtain the general policies of the University on matters such as special consideration, the appeals procedures, reconsideration of grades and special provision for students with disabilities from the University Calendar.
A pass in all compulsory Second Professional Year courses.
Domestic fee $2,118.00
International fee $9,750.00
* 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.