ENCH494-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Process Engineering Design 3

30 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


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.

Learning Outcomes

  • To apply the design process in a team environment to a real chemical engineering project including:
  • Determining the best choice of process
  • Creating a process flow diagram
  • Quantifying material and energy balances
  • Creating a control strategy
  • Creating of a piping and instrumentation diagram
  • Evaluating the economics of the project
  • HazOp assessment of a major unit operation
  • Evaluating the impact the process will have on the surrounding community
    • 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.


a pass in all compulsory Second Professional Year courses

Timetable Note

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.

Course Coordinator

Matt James Watson

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.


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Executive Report 75% Executive Report including the safety assessment - Due 29 October
3 x Group Presentation (group) 15% Presentation 1 (5%) - Due 6-10 August: Presentation 2 (5%) - Due 10-14 September: Presentation 3 (5%) - Due 8-12 October
Presentation (Individual) 10% Presentation 4 - Individual contribution to the Design Project (10%)

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Towler, Gavin P. , Sinnott, R. K; Chemical engineering design :principles, practice, and economics of plant and process design; 2nd ed; Butterworth-Heinemann, 2013.

J M Douglas, Conceptual Design of Chemical Processes, McGraw-Hill.


Dr Watson should be approached for discussion on any aspect of the course.

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.

Indicative Fees

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.

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