PROD230-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Product Properties and Processing

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


The goal of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the physical elements relevant to processing of formulations. Students will learn systematic procedures, including drawing and labelling flowchart, for calculating the materials and energy required and key compositions during production. They will be able to use solubility behaviours and phase diagrams to determine the composition of the different parts of formulated products, such as oil and water phases in emulsions.

Learning Outcomes

  • By the end of the course you will be able to:
  • Draw and label a process flow diagram for a batch or continuous production process
  • Devise a strategy for determining all flows/quantities and compositions at all points in a
           process flow diagram
  • Determine whether or not all information needed to solve for all flows/quantities and
           compositions in a process flow diagram is known
  • Apply the solution strategy to solve a range of problems relevant to product formulation
  • Carry out simple calculations to determine the amount of energy input-output that might be
           required by individual unit operations in a process
  • Calculate the composition of liquids and gases based upon knowledge of solute-solvent
  • Use phase diagrams to determine the forms, quantities and compositions of immiscible liquid
           mixtures such as emulsions.
    • 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.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.


CHEM111 and any 15 points at 100 level from MATH or EMTH.


Course Coordinator

Sarah Kessans

Guest Lecturer

Sean Feast


Test 1 (Week 7)       15%
Test 2 (Week 12)     15%
Assignments x 4      40%
(10% each, weeks 3, 5, 8 & 10)    
Final Exam              30%

Assignments are due one week after they are handed out in class.  Late submissions of assignments and lab reports are eligible for 50% credit only.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Felder, Richard M. , Rousseau, Ronald W; Elementary principles of chemical processes ; 3rd ed., 2005 ed. with integrated media and study tools; Wiley, 2005.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $986.00

International fee $5,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Product Design on the departments and faculties page .

All PROD230 Occurrences

  • PROD230-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021