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MEng Chemical Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

Course unit details:
Batch Processing

Unit code CHEN30321
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Department of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science
Available as a free choice unit? No


 Batch operation is required for production of highly regulated materials, such as pharmaceuticals, and more recently with the emerging field of bioengineering. There are differences between continuous and batch processes, which need incorporating into a plant design in order for it to be fit for purpose. One of the main factors is the change of conditions with time, resulting in non-steady state conditions.

 By the end of this module, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the design, operation, sequencing, scheduling and optimisation of batch operations.



Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Process Engineering Fundamentals CHEN10041 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Chemical Reactor Design CHEN20141 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Chemical Engineering Optimisation CHEN20051 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


The unit aims to:

Explain the difference between batch and continuous processes, and understand their characteristics in relation to applications.

Allow students to quantitatively design a range batch processes.

Provide students with knowledge on how to optimise batch processes.

Detail how to schedule batch processes effectively to improve system efficiency.


Learning outcomes

1.Describe the use and synthesis of batch processes.

2.Design batch reactors and apply factors that impact reactor performance.

3.Compare different operation modes (relating to condensers and reboilers) of batch distillation columns.

4.Produce schedules for batch processes and quantify production rates.

5. Describe the control required for batch processes. 

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching will be delivered using asynchronous lecture material which students will be able to work through at their own pace. This will include segments of pre-recorded lectures, worked examples and examples for students to attempt during the lecture. This will be accompanied by written course notes for students to add notes to whilst working through whilst watching course material.

There will also tutorial sessions for students to work through set problems with the support of academic staff and teaching assistants.

Formative assessment will be provided through short blackboard tests which will be released to coincide with relevant lectures and tutorial materials being completed. These will give students to opportunity to get instant feedback on their understanding.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 70%
Set exercise 30%

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Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 24
Independent study hours
Independent study 76

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Emily Cooksey 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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