MEng Chemical Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Laboratory Projects 1

Unit code CHEN10060
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Department of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science
Available as a free choice unit? No


Student will be assigned and undertake a series of 8 practical experiments (4 in each semester) from a list of 12 namely:

1. Liquid Extraction

2. Volumetric Flow & Valve Characteristics

3. Transient Heat Transfer

4. Tank Efflux

5. Material and Energy Balance

6. Elvis Control

7. Fluid Friction in Pipes

8. Velocity Profile

9. Hydrolysis of t-butyl chloride

10. Construction of a pipeline

11. Fluid Flow in bends and fittings

12. Wilson Plot Heat transfer.


Each experiment will be conducted in the undergraduate laboratory in the three hour time period.



The unit aims to:

Develop practical and transferable skills through a series of measurement and data analysis exercises associated with the first year chemical engineering curriculum.


Teaching and learning methods

Students perform eight practical activities in the teaching laboratory over Semesters 1 and 2.  These form the basis of four written laboratory reports, two poster presentations and two face to face oral examination/interviews, which are submitted according to a personalised timetable.  Marked reports carry individualised feedback.  The unit is supported by a Blackboard site containing generic information and including a student discussion forum for each activity.  Plenary sessions will be organised before the start of the course and towards the end of Semester 1 to introduce the unit and provide/receive generic feedback.


Knowledge and understanding

Achieve deeper understanding of chemical engineering through relating theory to practice.

Intellectual skills

Develop experimental, data interpretation and error analysis skills.

Prepare written reports to a specified style.

Practical skills

Appreciate the safety requirements associated with particular experiments and the general need for safe working in laboratories.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Interpret written instructions.

Develop communication and interpersonal skills.

Assessment methods

Assessment task


Weighting within unit (if relevant)

Continuous assessment




Feedback methods

Laboratory project reports - Via turnitin with written comments supplied on report pdf.

Posters - Verbally and completed Turnitin form by demonstrator.

Recommended reading

First Year Chemical Engineering Laboratory Handbook. 

COSHH, risk assessment and hazard data sheets will be made available to students. 

Information relating to each experiment is available on Blackboard. It is expected that the students read this information before the experiment and have made some preliminary note. The safety data associated with the experiment MUST be read prior to starting the experiment.


Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Practical classes & workshops 24
Independent study hours
Independent study 76

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Peter Gardner Unit coordinator
Abdullatif Alfutimie Unit coordinator

Additional notes

This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 20/21 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact.  Please see Blackboard / course unit related emails for any further updates.

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