ENCH497-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018

Process Management

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


Engineering economics, project management, professional report writing, project research methods, and safety in the process industry.

• Capital and operating cost estimation (KRM, 7)
• Economic evaluation, project management, contracts (KRM, 7)
• Ethics, interviews, employment contracts (KRM 4)
• Control strategy development (KRM, 3)
• SuperPro Designer (CJF, 3)
• Hazard identification methods and risk estimation techniques used in the process industry (PAG, 10)

Learning Outcomes

  • Be able to estimate the capital cost of a chemical engineering process
  • Understand the time value of money as it is applied to investment decisions
  • Be able to evaluate the economic worth of a chemical engineering process
  • Understand the relationship between company accounts and engineering decisions
  • Understand social and cultural matters that might influence investment decisions
  • Understand some ethical and employment matters that might affect chemical engineers
  • Be able to apply control strategies to a plant design
  • Knowledge of process design software using SuperPro Designer as an example
  • Be able to apply hazard identification methods and risk estimation techniques
    • 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

Ken Morison


Conan Fee and Peter Gostomski

Students with concerns about the course should contact any of the lecturers listed above, the 3rd Pro Director of Studies (Alex Yip) or the Head of 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/


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Final Exam 55%
Capital cost and economics 15 Mar 2018 8%
SuperPro Designer 26 Apr 2018 10%
Project Decisions 27 Apr 2018 7%
Control Systems 23 May 2018 5%
Hazop 01 Jun 2018 15%

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.

Bouman, R.W., Jesen, S.B., Wake, M.L. & Earl, W.B. (2005) Process Capital Cost Estimation for New Zealand 2004, Society of Chemical Engineers New Zealand. (Available to students on Learn)

Towler, G.P. and Sinnott, R.K., (2014) Chemical Engineering Design: Principles, Practice and Economics of Plant and Process Design, 2nd ed, Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford. (1st edition is available as an ebook from the library).


This is a compulsory course. It provides preparation for ENCH494.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,059.00

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 ENCH497 Occurrences

  • ENCH497-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018