ENCH497-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

Process Management

15 points
18 Feb 2019 - 23 Jun 2019


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

• Capital and operating cost estimation
• Economic evaluation, project management, contracts
• Ethics, interviews, employment contracts
• Tools for process optimisation
• Control strategy development
• 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
  • Understand company accounting well enough to be able to determine the effect of engineering projects on company financial statements
  • Be able to apply control strategies to plant design and operation
  • Be able to apply hazard identification methods such as HAZOP and order-of-magnitude risk estimation techniques

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 14:00 F3 Lecture Theatre 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 13:00 - 14:00 F3 Lecture Theatre 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 11:00 - 12:00 A5 Lecture Theatre 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Ken Morison


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.

All except the last 10 will be given by Ken Morison. The last 10 will be given by Peter Gostomski.


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Final Exam 55%
Capital cost and economics 15 Mar 2019 7.5%
Project Decisions 29 Mar 2019 7.5%
Financial Reporting 03 May 2019 7.5%
Control Systems 17 May 2019 7.5%
Hazop 31 May 2019 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).


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 https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/about/governance/ucpolicy/student/academic-appeals-and-grievances-principles-and-procedures/.

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/

This is a compulsory course. It is required for entry to ENCH494 and provides preparation for graduate employment.

Additional Course Outline Information

Assessment and grading system

Capital cost and economics, due Friday 15 March, 5 pm 7.5%
Project decisions, due Friday 29 March, 5 pm 7.5%
Financial reporting, due Friday 3 May, 5 pm 7.5%
Control systems, due Friday 17 May, 5 pm 7.5%
Hazop, due Friday 31 May, 5 pm 15%
Final Exam 55%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,080.00

International fee $5,250.00

* 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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